Illinois Fire Service Institute


Fire and Arson Investigation II : 40 Hours

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Course Description

This is the second module of three 40-hour classes designed as the foundational level of education and training for fire and arson investigators. The program meets the Job Performance Requirements of NFPA 1033 “Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator.” The investigation program includes comprehensive courses covering multiple topics and requiring significant student participation, reading and homework activity. Module II includes the following topics: Documentation of the investigation, physical evidence, origin & cause determination, analyzing the incident for cause and responsibility, failure analysis and analytical tools, explosions and incendiary fires. The text book included with the course is “Fire Investigator: Principles and Practice.” Primary resources for the program are NFPA 921 “Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations” and “Kirk’s Fire Investigation.” The practical requirements for the class are individual and group investigations of a structured fire scene scenario. Module II must be taken consecutively with Module I. Firefighting gear is not required for the class but old clothes, gloves and work boots are recommended for the practical activity. Students are encouraged to bring personal cameras for the practical activity. The text book and NFPA 921 was provided the first day of Module 1 and should be brought to Modules 2. Students are encouraged to bring any reference material that they feel might be helpful to them.


  Syllabus - Fire and Investigation Mod 2 2ndPrint.pdf

This course is part of the following Programs

  • investigation
  • nfa-endorsed


IFSI prerequisites are based on Illinois and NFPA standards. Equivalencies from other agencies will be reviewed upon request.

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