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
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.
Aetna Life Insurance Co. Hartford, CT.