NFPA 906: Guide for Fire Incident Field Notes
Scope. The scope of this guide is to guide investigators in collecting
and recording preliminary information needed for the preparation of a formal
Purpose. This guide explains a series of suggested forms that can be
used during a fire investigation to record field notes. The forms serve
as a reminder of the type of information that may be helpful in understanding
Application. The guidelines for using these forms are only suggestions,
as each particular agency should utilize the forms in the way that best
suits their needs. The forms are simple to complete, with large areas for
comments that can be developed as the investigation continues. The forms
shown in this guide are designed to collect descriptive observations rather
than definitive conclusions. Not all forms will be used at all incidents.
However, several forms could be used on any specific fire, depending on
the magnitude of the investigation or the type of incident.
This guide contains instructions for the completion of the fire incident
field note forms. The forms allow the person conducting the investigation
to collect the information in a consistent manner so it can then be studied
to reach a conclusion regarding a particular incident. The forms are designed
to be handwritten. The data is to be utilized to complete the final investigative
report. The case supervision form should be used to keep a track of the
progress of the investigation.
Preparation of Reports. These forms and the information recorded on them
are not designed to constitute the incident report. They provide data helpful
in reaching conclusions as to what happened so the incident report or the
investigation report can be prepared. If an incident report has already
been filed, part of the process of using this data should be to verify the
original incident report and update that report as necessary so the most
accurate information is contained in the incident report and any data bases
that contain that incident information.
Forms. There are 12 forms described in this guide. These forms and their
906-0 Case Supervision--Used on all investigations to track the progress
of the investigation.
906-1 All Fires--Used on all fire investigations to collect identification
and contact information.
906-2 Structure Fires--Used when the fire involves a structure. There
are three pages to this form.
906-3 Motor Vehicles--Used when the fire involves any type of motor
906-4 Wildland Fires--Used when the fire involves grass, brush, and
906-5 Casualties--Used to collect information on people injured or killed
in the incident.
906-6 Witness Statement--Use one sheet per witness to identify the witness
and record the statement.
906-7 Evidence--Used to record recovered evidence and where it is removed
906-8 Photographs--Used to log description of all photographs taken.
906-9 Sketches--Used to sketch the scene or specific locations within
906-10 Insurance Information--Used to record information on insurance
coverage, adjustment, and loss.
906-11 Records/Documents--Used to record information on incident, property,
and business or personal records that are available.
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