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Accreditation, Certification, and Certificates

This program provides a primer on accreditation, certification, and certificates for fire investigation training. (more)

An Analysis of The Station Nightclub Fire

A fire occurred on the night of Feb. 20, 2003, in The Station nightclub at 211 Cowesett Avenue, West Warwick, Rhode Island. (more)

Arc Mapping Basics

Arc Mapping, or Arc Fault Circuit Analysis, uses the electrical system to help reconstruct a scene, providing investigators with a means of determining the area of a fire’s origin. (more)

Basic Electricity

This module introduces basic electrical concepts, including: terminology, atomic theory and electricity, Ohm’s Law, Joule’s Law, AC and DC power. (more)

Charleston Sofa Super Store Fire

A fire occurred on the evening of June 18, 2007, in the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, SC that resulted in the deaths of nine fire fighters. (more)

Charting Your Career Path In Fire Investigation

This module looks at the many ways fire investigators enter and grow in the profession through academia, the fire service, law enforcement, insurance, and engineering. (more)

Communicating the Value of Membership in the IAAI

This module will present a description of the IAAI organization. (more)

Critical Evaluation and Testing of Commonly Reported Accidental Causes

This module takes a closer look at four of the most commonly-reported accidental fire causes according to “NFPA Fact Sheet. (more)

Critical Thinking Solves Cases

This program brings three highly experienced fire investigators and an attorney with experience as a prosecutor and civil litigator together for a round table discussion. (more)

Digital Photography and the Fire Investigator

The program discusses the basics of digital photography for fire investigators as well as software and editing procedures for digital images intended as evidence.(more)

Discovery in Civil Cases

This self-paced program is an introduction to discovery in civil proceedings such as fire loss claims and product defect lawsuits. (more)

Discovery in Criminal Cases

This self-paced program is an introduction to discovery in criminal proceedings.(more)


This module covers the foundation of DNA evidence: defining, recognizing, collecting, and testing. (more)

Documenting the Event

This program provides a practical overview of how to perform the baseline documentation tasks that occur at every scene. (more)

Effective Investigation and Testimony

This module will discuss the techniques and strategies for conducting a proper science-based fire scene investigation and effectively presenting an investigator’s findings in court as an expert witness. (more)

Electrical Safety

This module presents critical electrical safety practices that every fire investigator should implement at every scene, every time. (more)

Ethical Duties Beyond the Fire Scene

This self-paced program examines the fire investigator’s ethical duties beyond the fire scene. (more)

Ethics & Social Media

As social media has emerged as a powerful force in interpersonal communications, fire investigators are being confronted with new questions…(more)

Ethics and the Fire Investigator

Should you work for a private lab as a consultant if you are on an Arson Task Force? How about accepting discounts from the local hardware store as a “thanks” for a job well done on a fire they had last year? (more)

Evidence Examination: What Happens at the Lab?

This module takes investigators into the forensic laboratory and shows them what happens to the different types of fire scene evidence that are typically submitted for testing. (more)

Explosion Dynamics

This module teaches the foundational knowledge of explosion dynamics, which is a necessary precursor to investigating an explosion scene. (more)

Fire Chemistry

This module addresses the foundations of fire chemistry and places it within the context of fire scene investigations. (more)

Fire Dynamics Calculations - Version 2.0

The program is designed to introduce a new Palm/Pocket PC application called CFI Calculator to users and provide examples of how it can be used by fire investigators in the field. (more)

Fire Flow Analysis

This module examines these concepts to help all professionals tasked with determining fire origin and cause better understand fire flow dynamics so they can apply that knowledge to both to fire investigation and to fire attack. (more)

Fire Investigation for Fire Officers

This module provides a road map for fire officers to integrate and navigate their fire investigation duty with all their other responsibilities and describes where to obtain specific training in fire investigation. (more)

Fire Investigator Scene Safety

The evaluation of hazards and the assessment of the relative risks associated with the investigation of fires and explosions are critical factors in the management of any investigation. (more)

Fire Protection Systems

This module will describe the most commonly encountered fire protection systems. (more)

Fundamentals of Interviewing

This module presents best practices in preparing for and conducting the informational interview with witnesses in the fire investigation case. (more)

Fundamentals of Residential Building Construction

This module provides instruction on the fundamentals of residential building construction with an eye toward how building construction affects fire development. (more)

How First Responders Impact The Fire Investigation

This module teaches first responders, including fire, police and EMS, how to make critical observations. (more)

Insurance and the Fire Investigation

This program discusses how to access insurance information, understand insurance documents, ask key questions of witnesses, and apply the information learned. (more)

Introduction to Appliances

This module offers a basic introduction about how some selected major appliances operate. (more)

Introduction to Evidence

This program introduces the fire investigator to the issues related to the collection, handling and use of evidence related to a fire investigation. (more)

Introduction to Fire Dynamics and Modeling

This program takes you inside the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) archives of some of the most interesting and instructive test burns and fire model simulations they have ever conducted. (more)

Introduction to Youth-Set Fires

The program provides foundational background on the scope of the youth-set fire problem, the importance of rigorous fire investigation in addressing this problem, and the role of key agencies in the response to a youth-set fire. (more)

Investigating Fatal Fires

This module provides a thorough understanding of the ways an investigation changes when a fire-related death occurs. (more)

Investigating Fire and Explosion Incidents Involving a Line-Of-Duty Death

This self-paced program will help you understand what to expect at a fire where an LODD has occurred, what your role is, how to interact with others, and how to handle special circumstances at the scene. (more)

Investigating Motor Vehicle Fires

This program will introduce the fire investigator to the basic methodologies use to investigate vehicle fires. (more)

Investigating Natural Gas Systems

This module presents the role natural gas can play in fire ignition, fuel load, and spread; the elements of investigating a fire in a residence where natural gas is present; and the potential role the gas utility or the municipality can play an investigation. (more)

Legal Aspects of Investigating Youth-Set Fires

This self-paced program covers fundamental legal aspects of investigating youth-set fires, including the juvenile justice system, legalities of interviews and interrogations, arson statutes, search and seizure, and confidentiality. (more)

MagneTek: A Case Study In The Daubert Challenge

This program discusses the latest developments in expert testimony under the Daubert standard, including the MagneTek case recently decided in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals. (more)

Managing Complex Fire Scene Investigations

This module focuses on how to manage investigations that have “complicating” factors. (more)

Motive, Means, and Opportunity: Determining Responsibility in an Arson Case

This module uses the Motive, Means, and Opportunity case study to demonstrate how responsibility is determined in an arson case. (more)

Motor Vehicles: The Engine and the Ignition, Electrical, and Fuel Systems

This program covers the general anatomy of a motor vehicle and a description of typical components of the engine, electrical, ignition, and fuel systems. (more)

Motor Vehicles: Transmission, Exhaust, Brake, and Accessory Systems

This self-paced program is the second part of a two-part basic introduction to motor vehicle systems. This program describes the function and major components of the transmission, exhaust, brake, and accessory systems. (more)

NFPA 921 and 1033 2014 Editions: Important Revisions

This module reviews the major changes included in the documents including the use of color photos in NFPA 921 and additional material that supports the expanded required knowledge list in NFPA 1033 Section 1.3.7. (more)

NFPA1033 and Your Career

This module educates the investigator about NFPA 1033’s importance, its requirements, and how those requirements impact the fire investigator’s professional development. (more)

Physical Evidence at the Fire Scene

The program illustrates for the fire investigator, how non-traditional fire scene evidence can be helpful during an investigation. (more)

Postflashover Fires

This module introduces the postflashover topic, describes ventilation-controlled fire flow, illustrates how the damage left by a postflashover can be significantly different than if that fire was extinguished preflashover. (more)

Preparation for the Marine Fire Scene

This module lays the groundwork for understanding marine fires by covering four basic concepts that the investigator must understand before investigating a marine fire. (more)

Process of Elimination

The use of the process of elimination in the determination of a fire cause is a topic that has generated significant discussion and controversy in the fire investigation profession. (more)

Residential Electrical Systems

This module teaches the basics of the electrical power generation, distribution, and transmission system. (more)

Residential Natural Gas Systems

This module presents the basics of natural gas and its uses and system components in a residence. (more)

Search and Seizure

This module explains the principles of search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment, as contained in the amendment and according to subsequent case law, and applies them to typical fire scene scenarios. (more)

The Deposition Part 1: Format, Content, and Preparation

One of the legal proceedings that may require the fire investigator to testify is a deposition. Depositions are often related to civil proceedings, but more and more jurisdictions are using them in criminal cases. (more)

The Deposition Part 2: Questioning Tactics and Effective Responses

Deposing attorneys employ a variety of tactics to learn about the expert witness giving testimony, to try to unsettle that witness to see how he/she handles such pressure, and to probe for weaknesses to exploit. (more)

The HAZWOPER Standard

This module provides introductory information on the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard – 29 CFR 1910.120. (more)

The Impact of Ventilation in Building Structures on Fire Development

The program examines the importance of assessing the impact of ventilation on a fire. (more)

The Potential Value of Electronic Evidence in Fire Investigations

This module demonstrates the investigative potential of information stored on electronic devices. (more)

The Practical Application of the Relationship Between NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921

This module explains the relationship between NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921 (more)

The Scientific Method for Fire and Explosion Investigation

The basics of the scientific method are deceptively simple: observe, hypothesize, test, and conclude. (more)

Thermometry, Heat, and Heat Transfer

This module addresses the foundations of thermometry, including the definition of temperature, the scales used to measure temperature and much more. (more)

Understanding Fire Through the Candle Experiments

This program presents the results of flame experiments conducted with a candle.(more)

Understanding the Fire Investigator’s Job: A Guide for Non-Investigators

This self-paced program explains to non-investigators the role of the fire investigator, what the fire investigator does, how the fire investigator is trained, what qualifications the fire investigator must meet. (more)

Understanding Undetermined

This module will untangle the meanings of “undetermined,” straighten out how to use the term correctly, talk about how not to use it, and describe how to properly report fires where “undetermined” is the cause or classification. (more)

Using Resources to Validate your Hypothesis

This module will advise fire investigators on how to approach the fact-finding procedures necessary and validate a hypothesis. (more)

Vacant and Abandoned Buildings: Hazards and Solutions

This module provides an overview on how structures can become vacant and eventually abandoned. (more)

What the Insurance Professional Needs to Know About Fire Investigation

This self-paced program provides a basic framework for structuring the management of fire cases and fire investigators. (more)

Wildland Fires Investigation

This module illustrates how wildland fires spread, explains how to interpret burn patterns unique to these types of fires. (more)

Writing the Initial Origin and Cause Report

This module presents the key elements of the initial origin and cause report and methods of clearly presenting findings in a professional manner. (more)

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