Price, Bill C. and Bagley, Patrick M. Computer Connection for Fire Investigation.
National Fire and Arson Report. Vol. 13, No. 2.
Abstract: This article explains how the laptop computer has revolutionized
the field of fire investigation. While en route to the scene, the investigator
can request ownership information of the structure burned and receive the
owner's name and previous history, if any, while at the fire scene. The
information can be sent electronically along with a list of neighbors for
interviewing and their phone numbers included. At the scene, an investigator
can send his preliminary report to the office, which can check several databases
for information regarding the case. Any information found can then immediately
be sent back to the investigator while still at the scene. This information
can help the investigator decide what needs further examining.
With a digital camera, an investigator can photograph the scene and send
the pictures via e-mail to a lab for analysis. These results are also accessible
at the fire scene through a laptop computer and inform the investigator
whether he has the cause of fire or not. A laptop computer also allows the
investigator store, organize, and access, all of his notes quickly and easily.