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FSE 350 – Fire Arson and Explosion Investigation I

For investigators, firefighters and fire marshals, arson and explosions are an unfortunate but reoccurring part of the job. Students in this course will discuss and perform an in-depth study of fire and arson scene investigation. Emphasis is placed on the principles and techniques of scene preservation and analysis, management of investigative functions, documentation of the scene, and determination of fire origin. Class discussion will include the proper collection of evidence and chain of custody procedure, a study of the materials and components used in arson, fire patterns, and ways to distinguish between accidental and caused explosions. This is a 3-hour course. (Prerequisite course: 120)

Instructor: Program Coordinator Greg Gorbett and James Pharr

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FSE 350- Spalling
Learn what spalling is and how to look for it.

FSE 350- Burning Polymers
Learn what happens to polymers once ignited, and what kind of burn patterns they create.

FSE 350-Household Items Starting Fires
Learn what simple household items can start fires and the damage they can cause.

FSE 350-Fire Investigation
Learn what details to look for in a fire investigation.

FSE 350-Absence of Personal Items
Did you know that the absence of personal items can give insight into a fire investigation?

FSE 350- Incendiary Devices
Learn how to identify and incendiary device.

FSE 350-Ignition Source
The absence of an ignition source does not mean always mean incendiary fire.

FSE 350- Motives I
Learn what drives people to set illegal fires.

FSE 350- Motives II
Learn the significance of firefighter arson and how to report it.

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