Hooton, David B. Seeking the truth: is it that simple? National Fire
& Arson Report. Vol 15 No 2 (June 1997). p 1-3.
Abstract: This article discusses the ethics that a fire investigator
should consider when undertaking a fire investigation. It covers the various
levels of "truth" that must be addressed, based on whether you
are attempting to define truth in relation to one of five levels listed
in the author's "truth table:" law, text, training, opposition
The author also discusses how truth can change as perceptions change
and as the investigator has new experiences or new information becomes available.
Another influencing factor is that of frame of reference that can be different
from one individual to another.
David B. Hooten, Ed.D., CFI, is the owner of Spectrum Solutions, a consulting
firm specializing in performance development , best practice identification
and organizational design. His Masters and Doctorate were earned t Vanderbilt
University in the field of Human Resource Development. He has extensive
experience in the fire investigations field and has consulted with numerous
organizations. He is a principal on the NFPA 1033 committee an serves as
the Chair of the International Certified Investigator Committee for the
International Association of Arson Investigators. He has conducted numerous
workshops and seminars on performance development, using NFPA 921 (Guide
to Fire and Explosion Investigations) as a performance tool, identifying
critical issues in the field of fire investigations, developing SIU (Special
Investigations Units) teams, designing best practices , and ethical issues
management. (National Fire and Arson Report profile)