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Fire Investigators Description

Conduct investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.

Fire Investigators Related Job Titles

Arson and Bomb Investigator, Arson Investigator, Bomb Squad Commander, Bomb Technician, Captain, Chief Arson Division, Detective, Fire and Explosion Investigator, Fire Captain, Fire Chief, Fire Inspector, Fire Investigation Lieutenant, Fire Investigator, Fire Lieutenant, Fire Marshal, Firefighter, Investigator, State Fire Marshal,


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Fire Investigators Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Photograph damage and evidence related to causes of fires or explosions to document investigation findings.
  • Analyze evidence and other information to determine probable cause of fire or explosion.
  • Testify in court cases involving fires, suspected arson, and false alarms.
  • Prepare and maintain reports of investigation results, and records of convicted arsonists and arson suspects.
  • Subpoena and interview witnesses, property owners, and building occupants to obtain information and sworn testimony.
  • Test sites and materials to establish facts, such as burn patterns and flash points of materials, using test equipment.
  • Instruct children about the dangers of fire.
  • Examine fire sites and collect evidence such as glass, metal fragments, charred wood, and accelerant residue for use in determining the cause of a fire.
  • Package collected pieces of evidence in securely closed containers such as bags, crates, or boxes, to protect them.
  • Coordinate efforts with other organizations such as law enforcement agencies.
  • Swear out warrants, and arrest and process suspected arsonists.
  • Dust evidence or portions of fire scenes for latent fingerprints.
Supplemental Tasks
  • Conduct internal investigation to determine negligence and violation of laws and regulations by fire department employees.

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