This course is designed to introduce the responsibilities and some fundamental techniques that are necessary for the satisfactory outcome of a first responder’s preliminary investigation of an arson or explosive incident. A special emphasis is placed on the importance of evidence preservation and collection and the importance of prioritizing the order by which a preliminary investigation should be conducted. Students will get a basic understanding of the recognition of explosives.
Explain the scientific method for fire investigations.
List and describe the three compounds, which are produced by the combustion of hydrocarbon fuels.
Describe the conditions, which must exist for a fire to occur.
Explain, identify and evaluate the elements of proof for crimes related to arson and unlawful use of explosives.
Identify and label the preliminary investigative stages of an arson or bombing investigation and explain the first responder’s duties and responsibilities upon arrival at the scene of a fire or explosion.
Explain and describe possible terrorist and criminal targets for arson and bombings.
Describe the nature of fires and explosions and the importance of recognizing and preventing conditions and circumstances that cause them.
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