McKenzie, Michael A. Ethics in Fire Investigation, Part One. Investigator's
Digest. National Fire & Arson Report. Vol. 13. No. 4 (December 1995).
Abstract: This article raises the subject of ethics. If ethics
can be defined as ìa system or code of moralsî and ethical
defined as "conforming to the standards or conduct of a given profession,"certain
questions arise. Are there specific morals that fire investigators should
follow? What is the standard to which they must conform? Are fire investigators
conforming to standards set forth by their various organizations?
In part one of this two part article, the author begins to present and
review the Code of Ethics developed by the International Association of
Arson Investigators (IAAI). The first five points of this ten point of this
code are as follows:
I will, as an arson investigator, regard myself as a member of an important
and honorable profession.
I will conduct both my personal and official life so as to inspire the
confidence of the public.
I will not use my profession and my position of trust for personal advantage
I will regard my fellow investigators with the same standards as I hold
for myself. I will never betray a confidence nor otherwise jeopardize their
I will regard it my duty to know my work thoroughly. It is my further
duty to avail myself of every opportunity to learn more about my profession.