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Fire Investigation Certificate Public Safety Total Units: 3
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Fall 2011


This is a Skills Certificate program. 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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the legal considerations necessary to conduct an arson fire investigation;
  2. diagram the evolution of fire behavior in a structure and identify the fire indicators common to each stage of fire growth;
  3. demonstrate the techniques used to determine fire origin in structures, vehicles and the wildland; and
  4. demonstrate the steps necessary to conduct a comprehensive fire investigation report for an accidental, arson, fatal, or wildland fire.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Fire Investigation Certificate program are:

  • Complete 3 units from
    • Fire Investigation

Fire Investigation - complete 3.00 units
FIRE 61Fire Investigation3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2011

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2019

Previous Versions:

Fire Investigation - effective Fall 1981

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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