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King, Charles G. Detecting Arson: What The Fire Fighter Should Do. Aetna Arson Prevention Series. New York.

Abstract: There are four elements a prosecutor must prove in order to establish arson: a fire occurred, the fire caused visible burning on property, the fire was started by a human being, and the human being purposely set the fire. The firefighter helps the prosecutor prove the first two elements, but there are other steps a firefighter can take to help the prosecutor with elements 3 and 4. This booklet discusses ways a firefighter can help prove arson.

The booklet also provides the six major elements to a successful early arson awareness program for firefighters. Explains the preparation, continuity, and submission of the early arson awareness report and includes a sample report. The six elements that should be included in the report are: observations on the nature and extent of the fire, the weather conditions, observations of people and automobiles, documentation of how entry was made and by whom, observations of the building interior and evidence collected. This booklet also discusses the importance of confidentiality and offers a list of technical assistance and other resources.

Published by:
Aetna Life Insurance Co. Hartford, CT.

 
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