Arson for First Responders

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Arsonfor theFirst Responder : 

Arsonfor theFirst Responder Bradley Kinlaw Assistant Chief Elizabethtown Fire Dept

Learning Objectives : 

Learning Objectives Always a Possibility What is Arson Why Should I Care Statistics Who Does What What Should I Look for and When Investigators Who Should Investigate What Have we Learned

Always a Possibility : 

Always a Possibility Tunnel Vision Open mind, eyes, hears All fires Structural Vehicle Woods

What is Arson : 

What is Arson AKA – Incendiary Incendiary – A fire deliberately set under circumstances in which the responsible party knows it should not be ignited. Arson- A legal term used to define a specific crime involving fire

Why should I care : 

Why should I care Economic Impact Citizen Safety Emergency Responder Safety Financial loss for Agency FF is critical link for investigation

Statistics : 

Statistics 2007- Structure Fires- 32,500 Vehicle Fires- 20,500 Woods Fires- 133,500 Total # of Fire Departments in US 30,815 6.2 arson fires a year per department

Structure Fires : 

Structure Fires

Resulting Deaths : 

Resulting Deaths

Who does what? : 

Who does what? Firefighter/ EMT – extinguish fire, make observations, preserve evidence, determine origin and cause, basic info interviews, notify investigator, take pics Investigator – investigate beyond origin and cause, collect evidence, advanced interviews, criminal trials



Enroute : 

Enroute Time of day Weather and natural hazards Barriers People leaving area Where did call come from

Upon arrival : 

Upon arrival Time of arrival Extent of fire Wind direction and speed Doors and windows Location of fire Containers Tools Faces

During fire operations : 

During fire operations Unusual odors Abnormal fire behaviors Obstacles Incendiary devices Trailers Fire patterns Heat Intensity Availability of documents

Cont. : 

Cont. Fire detection or protection systems Burglar alarms Personal possessions Household items Protect and preserve evidence

After Fire : 

After Fire FF should write chronological statement Basic interview Secure scene Obtain permission to investigate Structural safety Never investigate alone Take more pics

Investigators : 

Investigators Advanced training and experience Origin and Cause Witness interviews Criminal trials Obtain warrants

Who should Investigate : 

Who should Investigate Fire Chief or officer with authority Fire Marshal Law Enforcement SBI (dog) ATF

What have we Learned : 

What have we Learned Boston Fire

Source s : 

Source s IFSTA, Essentials of Fire Fighting, 5th edition United States Fire Administration

Thank You : 

Thank You

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