SRJC Course Outlines

11/27/2022 11:26:45 AMFIRE 61 Course Outline as of Fall 2011

Changed Course
CATALOG INFORMATION

Discipline and Nbr:  FIRE 61Title:  FIRE INVESTIGATION  
Full Title:  Fire Investigation
Last Reviewed:9/25/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Formerly: 

Catalog Description:
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Determining cause of fires (structure, vehicle and wildland) and their behavior as it relates to fire investigation; introduction to arson, incendiary, fatal fires and explosions; related laws; recognizing and preserving evidence; interviewing witnesses and suspects; arrest and detention procedures; court procedures and giving court testimony.  A fire investigation conducted in the field is required as part of the course.  Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be awarded a Fire Investigation 1A certificate from the State Fire Marshal's office.

Prerequisites/Corequisites:


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Determining cause of fires (structure, vehicle and wildland) and their behavior as it relates to fire investigation; introduction to arson, incendiary, fatal fires and explosions; related laws; recognizing and preserving evidence; interviewing witnesses and suspects; arrest and detention procedures; court procedures and giving court testimony.  A fire investigation conducted in the field is required as part of the course.  Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be awarded a Fire Investigation 1A certificate from the State Fire Marshal's office.
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:
Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP

ARTICULATION, MAJOR, and CERTIFICATION INFORMATION

Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
 Area:
 
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
 
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
 
C-ID:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course



COURSE CONTENT

Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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      1. Identify the laws applicable to fire investigation.
     2. Demonstrate an understanding of fire behavior as it relates to fire investigation.
     3. Describe the methodologies used to investigate structure fires.
     4. Describe the common indicators found at fire scenes.
     5. Identify the common causes of accidental fires.
     6. Identify the indicators unique to arson fires.
     7. Describe the conditions that lead to electrically caused fires.
     8. Describe the methodology used to investigate vehicle fires.
     9. Describe the additional steps and considerations taken in fatal fire investigations.
    10. Identify the components of a comprehensive investigation report.
    11. Describe the different types of explosions and their impact on fire investigation.
    12. Describe the methodology used to investigate wildland fires.

Topics and Scope
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I.   Introduction to Fire Investigation
     A.  Terminology
     B.  Arson trends and statistics
II.   Legal Aspects of Fire Investigation
     A.  Constitutional law
     B.  Arson laws
     C.  Search and seizure
          1.  Reasonable times to search
          2.  Consent
          3.  Plain view
     D.  Courtroom testimony
     E.  Case law
          1.  Michigan vs. Tyler
          2.  Michigan vs. Clifford
III.  Fire Behavior
     A.  Combustion
     B.  Pyrolysis
     C.  Fire chemistry
     D.  Heat transfer
     E.  Phases of fire
     F.  Effects of accelerants
IV.  Investigation Methodology
     A.  National Fire Protection Association Standard (NFPA) 921
     B.  The scientific method of investigation
V.  Fire Scene Examination
     A.  Fire scene indicators      
      B.  Accidental fire causes
     C.  Arson fires
          1.  Motive
          2.  Indicators
          3.  Accelerants
               a.  Types
               b.  Characteristics
          4.  Structural damage/irregularities
          5.  Fire location and damage
          6.  Incendiary devices
     D.  Fire effects
     E.  Fire movement and pattern analysis
     F.  Recognizing fire indicators
     G.  Tracking the fire course
     H.  Point of origin determination
VI.  Electrical Fire Investigations
     A.  Types of current
     B.  Electrical calculations and formulas
          1.  Wiring systems
          2.  Over current protection devices
     C.  Ignition by electrical means
     D.  Testing of electronic devices
VII. Vehicle Fire Investigations
     A.  Accidental vehicle fires
     B.  Vehicle fire prevention devices
     C.  Vehicle arson fires
     D.  Vehicle fire scene examination
VIII.Fire Fatality Investigation
     A.  Identification and preservation of the body
     B.  Effects of fire on bodies
     C.  Coordination with the corner and law enforcement
IX.  Documenting Fire Scenes
     A.  Report narrative
     B.  Witness statements
     C.  Evidence
     D.  Photographs
     E.  Diagrams
X.   Explosions and Explosive Combustion
     A.  Terminology
     B.  Types of explosions
          1.  Mechanical explosions
          2.  Chemical explosions
          3.  Diffuse vapor explosions
     C.  Explosive types
          1.  Low explosives
          2.  High explosives
          3.  High and low order
     D.  Investigation of explosions
XI.  Wildland Fire Investigation
      A.  Fire causes
      B.  Fire behavior
      C.  Fire scene examination
           1.  Indicators
           2.  Incendiary devices
           3.  Evidence collection

Assignments:
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1.  Reading 20-30 pages weekly from textbook and state-supplied student supplement
2.  Research paper (Minimum 500 words)
3.  Fire analysis paper (Minimum 500 words)
4.  Fire dynamics group presentation
5.  Fire investigation report
6.  One site investigation/field trip
7.  Four to six quizzes, a midterm and a state exam

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
40 - 50%
Fire analysis paper, research paper and fire investigation report
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
20 - 30%
Fire analysis paper
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
10 - 20%
Field investigations, group presentation
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
20 - 30%
Quizzes, multiple choice midterm, and state exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 0%
None


Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Kirks Fire Investigation, 6th Ed.; by John D. DeHaan, Publ. Prentice Hall, 2007
CFSTES Manual Fire Investigation 1A, California Fire Service Training and Education System, Sacramento, CA 2003

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