This program is designed for entry level investigators who may be called to investigate fires or explosions in their jurisdiction. The use of NFPA 921, Guide for fire & explosion investigations is the accepted manual for fire investigators. Using the scientific method of fire investigations, following NFPA 921, and meeting the NFPA 1033, Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, students will be prepared to start investigating fires and explosions. Subjects covered are as follows: Administration, Basic Fire Methodology, Basic Fire Science, Fire Patterns, Building and Fuel Gas Systems, Legal and others.
Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be recommended to take the Fire Investigator certification examination offered by the Louisiana Firefighter and Emergency Responder Certification Program.
The Fire Investigator certification examination is offered by the Firefighter and Emergency Responder Certification Program to the students who successfully complete the course. This is optional and will be given at the conclusion of the course. High school diploma or GED Students must be able to pass the practical skills assessment given in order to take the written exam.
There is a separate charge for taking the certification exam; it is not included in the course fees. Details of the certification process and examination material can be found under the certification tab on the main page of the website.
80% attendance and participation is required in order to successfully complete the course and receive the course completion certificate. Pre-tests and Post-tests may be given to assess the knowledge obtained from the course.