What does a Fire Investigator do?
Conduct investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.
- Package collected pieces of evidence in securely closed containers, such as bags, crates, or boxes, to protect them.
- Examine fire sites and collect evidence such as glass, metal fragments, charred wood, and accelerant residue for use in determining the cause of a fire.
- Instruct children about the dangers of fire.
- Analyze evidence and other information to determine probable cause of fire or explosion.
- Photograph damage and evidence related to causes of fires or explosions to document investigation findings.
- Subpoena and interview witnesses, property owners, and building occupants to obtain information and sworn testimony.
- Swear out warrants, and arrest and process suspected arsonists.
- Testify in court cases involving fires, suspected arson, and false alarms.
- Prepare and maintain reports of investigation results, and records of convicted arsonists and arson suspects.
- Test sites and materials to establish facts, such as burn patterns and flash points of materials, using test equipment.
- Conduct internal investigation to determine negligence and violation of laws and regulations by fire department employees.
- Dust evidence or portions of fire scenes for latent fingerprints.
- Coordinate efforts with other organizations, such as law enforcement agencies.