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Fire Investigation Training Course

Level 1 Fire Investigation and Maintenance Courses

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service currently attend up to 2,000 fire investigations every year, with nearly 80% determined at Level 1; Cause and Origin of Fire Determined by Incident Commander. Fire events, when properly, methodically and thoroughly investigated help significantly in the detection and reporting of crime and often reveal significant information and intelligence for future preventative fire safety work.

In 2012 ECFRS invested in a purpose built, multi compartment fire investigation training facility on our site at MDPGA (Ministry of Defence Police & Guarding Agency), Wethersfield. The purpose of the facility is to use a number of original cold fire scenes, including compartments, vehicles and static caravans to train crew and watch managers in Level 1 fire investigation and other agencies. Supporting this facility has a number of specifically designed products, including a Level 1 contemporaneous notebook.

Course Overview
We have designed two training courses; a one day fire investigation Level 1 course for experienced crew and watch managers, and a two day Level 1 Fire Investigation course for newly promoted crew and watch managers. Both courses cover the scientific methodology to determine cause, origin and fire spread. Training is delivered by experienced fire investigation officers.

Course Objectives

At the end of the training course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose of fire investigation (occurrence)
  • Explain the relevance of scene preservation (evidence)
  • Identify the scientific methodology of the investigation (recovery, analysis, interpretation)
  • Describe the procedure for presenting an investigation (note taking and reporting)

To find out more information about this training course please contact Kathy.Payne@essex-fire.gov.uk or call 01376 576549

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