Fire Investigators


Fire Investigators

a place for those who determine the cause and origin of fires. NOTE: use caution with the subject matter. do not post specifics on incidents you are currently investigating or open cases. This should be a place that investigators can network.

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Comment by Dennis Hiscock on February 15, 2010 at 7:06pm
Hello from Kippens Fire/Rescue.
Comment by Andrew/BoBo on February 1, 2010 at 7:38pm
Hello fron Charleston south carolina.
Comment by ROB ELLIOTT on December 8, 2009 at 12:13am
hey all from australia hope that i can gain friends from this group
Comment by Jeff Tennill on December 4, 2009 at 9:25am
I used to work for the Ky. State Fire Marshal's Office and we had a very similar relationship with the Ky. State Police. They were criminal investigation experts with little or no practical cause and origin experience or training. We were just the opposite.

Once everyone gets past their egos and insecurities you can form a symbiotic relationship that gets the job done, but someone has to be willing to admit their weaknesses, and there in lies the biggest problem.
Comment by Rodolfo Guija on November 25, 2009 at 12:16pm
Hi, many thanks to accept my participation in this group.
I become Fire Marshal since May 2006 in the Peru Volunteer Fire Department (Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios del Perú).
We are the official Fire Service in all the Country and we make Fire Investigations for prevention and education, but we are in conflict with the Police Department because they make investigation for Criminal situations, and many times we have the answer in the arson fires and they don´t like it.
We continue learning and is great to have many friends to learn of them.
My best regards and stay safe.
Comment by James L.Hoffman, Jr on November 22, 2009 at 5:49pm
Thanks for allowing me to join.I've been working with our Dept. Fire Marshall since 1996 he taught me alot enough that i enrolled into a fire science class and i'm doing very well
Comment by Martijn Boeijink on July 29, 2009 at 5:49pm

I`m looking forward too be a member of this group.
i`ve on the service for 13 years an sinds 2008 as an wacth manager/captain.
In Rotterdan we are going to investigate what is new for the netherlands.
We are investigate too learn from fires.
I`m also lerning a lot from the cfi

I hope that i can learn a lot from other investigators on this group.

with kind regards,

Comment by John Kroll on June 8, 2009 at 8:29pm
We recently had a lighting strike to a tree. The homeowner is a travelling worker and no one called regarding the lighting strike. 2 days later the homeowner returns to feel heat in the house and wonders about n "oven fire" he observes when he hasn't cooked in days. The FD is called and finds a fire burning behind the stove on the paper facing of the drywall. The drywall is completely dehydrated and crumbles when touched and a smll pilot light-like flame is burning from the flexible connector hose. After more investigations it appears that a common occurrance is for pinholes to develop in flex hose after lighting strikes. The lighting appears to have followed pool plumbing back into the home and electrical damage is noted to the eaves, soffit, several electrical circuits, and the telephone system at the house and the junction box out at the road. This fire was found by the sheer luck of the timing of the homeowners return and gives us one more thing to inspect on a lighting strike call, stay safe everyone-John
Comment by Chief on June 6, 2009 at 2:09pm
Thanks for having me aboard.
I've been with the fire service for almost 20 yrs. and became an arson investigator in 1994.
I got into the fire service to learn and help any way I could.
Well, being "old school" has it's advantages. I worked with Vets of the day, very few young people in the house when I started. I found the best learning tool of that time (which still works today) is to listen.
I think I heard every story imagable, large or small, these guys had some incredible days of fire under their belt. Know-it-alls or "I been there done that" people were not tolerated. I kept my mouth shut, and I learned alot from them.
Technology is a wonderful thing, but doing your homework the " old school " way doesn't hurt from time to time.
So for all of you just starting in the field, take time to listen, and be patient, the rest will follow with hard work and determination. Stay Safe.
Comment by scff603 on May 30, 2009 at 5:09pm
Hello everyone glad to find an open site where we can toss ideas and learn from each other. I have been in the fire service since 1991 and have been investigating fires for the past 8 years here in south carolina. It is a dirty, intense job, but very rewarding. I also challange everyone to get as much training as you can and as often as the budget will allow. Be safe and look forward to hearing from everyone.

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