Coffee Break Training: Fire/Arson and Explosion Investigation Curriculum: Conducting Successful Criminal Investigations [open pdf - 218KB]
"For many fire investigators, the most challenging aspect of conducting a successful fire investigation begins after the fire is determined to be incendiary and a criminal (arson) investigation needs to be launched. This challenge is made increasingly difficult since many agencies fail to properly train their personnel in this critical phase of fire/arson investigation. Fire investigation requires investigators to apply a systematic approach based on the scientific method. This approach should also serve as the basis for the follow-up criminal investigation to effectively document the circumstances surrounding the fire and determine whom is responsible for setting it. When investigators investigate any crime, including arson, they must conduct a systematic inquiry in which they closely analyze and scrutinize information. This information is generally derived from two primary sources: people and things. People and things provide investigators with information from which they hope to develop evidence that will ultimately yield the identity of the perpetrator(s)."
Coffee Break Training - Fire Investigation Series No. FI-2013-11
U.S. Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/