NFPA 921: Guide to Fire and Explosion Investigations
Abstract: This document is designed to assist individuals who
are charged with the responsibility of investigating and analyzing fire
and explosion incidents and rendering opinions as to the origin, cause,
responsibility, or prevention of such incidents.
The purpose of this document is to establish guidelines and a recommended
practice for the safe and systematic investigation or analysis of fire and
explosion incidents. Fire investigation or analysis and the accurate listing
of causes is fundamental to the protection of lives and property from the
threat of hostile fire or explosions. It is through an efficient and accurate
determination of the cause and responsibility that future fire incidents
can be avoided.
Proper fire origin and cause determination are also essential for the
meaningful compilation of fire statistics. Accurate statistics form part
of the basis of fire prevention codes, standards, and training. This document
is designed to produce a systematic, working framework or outline by which
effective fire investigation and origin and cause analysis can be accomplished.
As every fire and explosion incident is in some way different and unique
from any other, this document is not designed to encompass all the necessary
components of a complete investigation or analysis of any one case. In addition,
it is recognized that time and resource limitations or existing policies
may limit the degree to which the recommendations in this document will
be applied in a given investigation. This document has been developed as
a model for the advancement of fire investigation technology.
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