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Specialists at the Fire Scene

Identifying resources that can assist you in investigating fires is best accomplished long before the fire or need arises. Develop a database of people and organizations within your immediate area that are available to respond and assist in any needs you identify at the fire scene. Resources to have at your disposal may include:

Administrative and Logistical

  • Security companies to assist in preventing unauthorized entry into the fire scene.
  • Administrative staff to assist with any paperwork generated between groups or agencies
  • Communications companies
  • Rental facilities for tools, lighting, pumps, emergency fencing, portable power sources
  • Companies that provide services such as food, water, sanitation, shelter, and transportation


  • Board-up and Salvage Companies
  • Heavy equipment suppliers to move debris (bulldozers, dump trucks, cranes, etc.)
  • Electrical, building, and heating code enforcement
  • Tow companies
  • Refuse removal
  • Portable buildings for storage of supplies, temporary housing, command center

Engineering and Utilities

  • Utility companies for gas, electric, water.
  • Contacts in the engineering disciplines: Fire Protection, Forensic, Electrical, Mechanical, HVAC, Structural, Chemical, Environmental, and Industrial
  • Electrical and building code inspector.
  • Meteorological Consultants


  • Canine Handler
  • Forensic Chemist
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Testing Laboratories


  • Local fire investigation organizations which may be able to offer personnel for scene work
  • Local, State and Federal agencies available to assist in scene safety, scene work, interviews, follow-up etc.
  • The NFPA Fire Investigations Team
  • Forensic Accountants
  • Insurance claims adjusters/agents
  • Experts in juvenile fire setting intervention


  • Arson prosecutor or retained counsel
  • Specialized legal advisors


  • Hazard abatement services to deal with asbestos exposure, hazardous chemicals, ground contamination
  • Suppliers for safety equipment: hard hats, gloves, respirators, air monitoring equipment, etc.
  • Carpenter (shoring up weak floors, supports, etc.)

Witness and Victim Concerns

  • Interpreters
  • Community-service organizations to assist with food and lodging
  • Medical personnel
  • Block Watch Association

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