3 credit hours

Examines technical, investigative, legal, and managerial approaches to the arson problem, including principles of incendiary fire analysis and detection, environmental and psychological factors of arson, gang-related arson, legal considerations and trial preparations, managing the fire investigation unit, intervention and mitigation strategies, and shaping the future. If student is not an active firefighter, must establish a mentor who is a FD Officer.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a technical understanding of the characteristics and impacts of fire loss and the crime of arson necessary to conduct competent fire investigation and analysis.
  2. Document the fire scene, in accordance with best practice and legal requirements.
  3. Analyze the fire scenario utilizing the scientific method, fire science, and relevant technology.
  4. Analyze the legal foundation for conducting a systematic incendiary fire investigation and case preparation.
  5. Design and integrate a variety of arson related intervention and mitigation strategies.

Doug Wehmeyer