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  • Fire & Arson Prevention
    • Programs and Approaches

Community Based Anti-Arson Program

Arson Prevention Programs: A Sampling of Approaches

Suggested Memorandum of Understanding for communities interested in developing anti-arson programs and coordinated fire investigation efforts.

Suggested "City Anti-Blight Ordinance"

National Arson Prevention Clearinghouse

"Fire Stops With You. National Arson Prevention Initiative: Six Month Report to the President," Dec 12, 1996.

"Protecting Structures from Arson," FEMA pamphlet.

"Preventing Arson Epidemics: The Role of Early Warning Strategies," C. Karchmer, Aetna booklet.

"Hardening the Target," compiled by Debra Hemmerling.

Design and Implement Preventative Strategies

TR-001 LaPosada Hotel Fire, McAllen, Texas, February 1987

TR-031 Power Off to Hard-Wired Detector in Nine Fatality House Fire, Peoria, Illinois, April 1989

    • Church Arsons

"Fire Safety for Your Church," The Church Mutual Protection Series, Church Mutual Insurance Co.

"Arson Prevention for America's Churches and Synagogues," Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Co. pamphlet.

Fact Sheet on Arson Fires and Church Arson Fires in the USA, NFPA Fact Sheet 6/13/96

"Fire Prevention in Places of Worship," NFPA 912, 1993 Edition.

"Church Threat Assessment Guide," National Church Arson Task Force, 1996.

    • Building Local Partnerships

Working against Arson

Arson Unit Technical Assistance

"Partnership for Arson Awareness & Prevention: Building Local Partnerships," Message Concepts, Inc.

Marketing Fire Investigation. Runnestrand, Dan.

Create A Fire Investigation Plan

Define Official Responsibilities

    • Defining the Fire Problem in Your Community

Computer mapping - a proven tool to fight arson. Lutz, William E. September 1996.

Arson investigations: apathy vs understanding. Hankins, R. Kirk. December 1997.

Create A Fire Investigation Plan

    • Consumer Safety

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Vehicle and Equipment Information: Safety Problems & Issues

Consumer Product Safety Commission, Search Engine Information: CPSC Search Database

Index of Product Recalls

handCandle Safety

handCarbon Monoxide Risks at Home (PDF Format)

handChristmas Tree Fires

handFire Escape Planning & Practice

handFire Extinguishers

handFire Prevention Week

handFireworks

handFueling Safety

handHome Fire Sprinkler Coalition

handHome Heating/Holiday Safety Advice

handSecurity Bars and Fire Safety

handSmoke Alarms

handSummer Safety

handWhy Smoke Alarms Should be Replaced Every 10 Years

U.S. Experience with Smoke Alarms and Other Fire Alarms

Smoke Detector Technology and the Investigation of Fatal Fires

    • Vacant Buildings

handFire Problem in Vacant Buildings

 

  • Fire Scene Investigation Preparation
    • General

The Future of Fire Investigation (PDF Format)

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Large Fire Loss Investigation & Management. from Motive, Means, and Opportunity.

Planning the Investigation, Section 6-1 through 6-2.7 from NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations 1998 Edition.

Fire investigation guideline: a valuable approach to fire and arson investigation. Corry, Robert A.; Vottero, Brett. March 1995).

Seeking the truth: is it that simple? Hooton, David B. June 1997.

Certified Fire Investigator Fire Scene Examination Outline.

Basic Tools and Resources for Fire Investigators: A Handbook. Federal Emergency Management Agency. United States Fire Administration. September 1992.

Create A Fire Investigation Plan

Define Official Responsibilities

TR-076 The World Trade Center Bombing: Report and Analysis, February 26, 1993, a compilation of 24-plus articles on this incident originally published in Fire Engineering, December 1993

TR-108 St. George Hotel Complex 16 Alarm Fire, Brooklyn, New York, August 1995

    • Investigative File Contents

Investigative File Contents

    • Investigation Forms

Suggested Investigation Forms

    • Investigative Toolkit

Suggested Contents for the Investigative Toolkit

The Evidence Collection Kit. (reprinted from Kirk's Fire Investigation, 4/E by John D. DeHaan.)

Equipment and Facilities, Section 6-4.1 from NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations 1998 Edition.

Equip Your Investigative Team

    • NFPA 921

NFPA 921: Guide to Fire and Explosion Investigations

Excerpts from NFPA 921: Guide to Fire and Explosion Investigations, 1998 Edition. The following sections from 921 are reprinted in the Resource File:
3-1 through 3-3.3 Chemistry of Combustion
5-1 and 5-2 Legal Considerations: Introduction, Authority to Conduct the Investigation, and Right of Entry
5-3 Evidence
6-1 through 6-2.7 Planning the Investigation
6-4.1 Equipment and Facilities
6-5 Specialized Personnel and Technical Consultants
7-4.1, 7-4.2, and 7-4.3 Interviews
Sections 8-1 through 8-4.5 Recording the Scene
10-1 through 10-2.7 Safety
12-2.1 through 12-6 Cause Determination
14-1 and 14-9 through 14-12.2 Electricity and Fire
15-1 and 15-3 through 15-5 Investigation of Motor Vehicle Fires
18-1 through 18-3.4 Appliances

Facing up to 921. Jones, Jon C. July 1996.

    • Field Notes

NFPA 906: Guide for Fire Incident Field Notes

    • Search and Rescue

NFPA 1670: Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents

    • Ethics

Ethics in Fire Investigation, Part One. McKenzie, Michael A.

Ethics in Fire Investigation, Continuation. McKenzie, Michael A.

  • Training and Professional Qualifications
    • General

Licensure of Fire Investigators and Professional Engineers

Kick Some Ash

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Forensic Investigation: Fire, Arson, Explosion Scenes, and Devices

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IAAI & ATF "A Valuable Partnership"

"Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator--Breakdown of Work Performance Requirements as Defined by NFPA Standard 1033 (1993)," Robert Corry. 1997.

NFPA 1033 "Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator" (1993 Edition).

"NFPA 1033: Are You Qualified?" Working Paper by Guy E. Burnette, Jr., Esquire

"Investigators on the Firing Line."Austin, Steve. July 1996.

Certification for the fire investigator: looking toward the 21st century. Whitemore, Robert B. March 1995.

TR-097 Fifteen Million Sight and Sound Theater Fire and Building Collapse, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, January 1997.

TR-048 Fire Apparatus/Train Collision, Catlett, Virginia, September 1989

  • Investigative Team Composition
    • The Team Concept, Investigative Team Composition, and Interagency Cooperation

Working against Arson

Kick Some Ash

Arson Unit Technical Assistance

The Team Concept: Duties and Reponsibilities

Suggested Model for Interagency MOU to Handle Fire Investigations

Arson investigations: apathy vs understanding. Hankins, R. Kirk. December 1997.

Create A Fire Investigation Plan

Define Official Responsibilities

    • Case Management

Effective Case Management Through the Team Concept--The Key to Winning the Game and the Case. Goodnight, Kenneth M.

Large Fire Loss Investigation & Management. from Motive, Means, and Opportunity.

Effective Case Management: "The Investigative Frame." Goodnight, Kenneth M. December 1996.

    • Task Forces

Working against Arson

"How to Organize an Arson Task Force in Your Community," Journal of American Insurance, Vol. 54, No. 3.

Arson investigations: apathy vs understanding. Hankins, R. Kirk. December 1997.

    • The Incident Command System

The Incident Command System and its Application to Fire Investigations. Aurnhammer, Thomas W.

A command system for fire investigators. Evans, John. March 1996.

Define Official Responsibilities

TR-068 Fire, Police, and EMS Coordination at Apartment Building Explosion, New York City, November 1992

TR-079 Multi-Agency Ocean Rescue Disaster Plan and Drill, Broward County, Florida, December 1994

TR-047 The Grems Case: How an Arson Case Was Solved and Prosecuted, Aurora, Colorado

TR-014 Ramada Inn Air Crash and Fire, Wayne Township, Indiana, October 1987

TR-085 Logan Valley Mall Fire, Altoona, Pennsylvania, December 1994

TR-108 St. George Hotel Complex 16 Alarm Fire, Brooklyn, New York, August 1995

TR-078 Three Firefighters Die in Pittsburgh House Fire, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, February 1995

    • Liability Exposure

The Incident Command System and its Application to Fire Investigations. Aurnhammer, Thomas W.

Liability Exposure for Fire Investigators--Is it Pandora's Box? McKenzie, Michael A.

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