Conducts investigations to determine causes of fires and explosions.
This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Emergency and Fire Management Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Examines fire sites and collects evidence such as glass, metal fragments, charred wood, and accelerant residue for use in determining the cause of a fire.
- Photographs damage and evidence related to causes of fires or explosions to document investigation findings.
- Analyzes evidence and other information to determine probable cause of fire or explosion.
- Testifies in court cases involving fires, suspected arson, and false alarms.
- Packages collected pieces of evidence in securely closed containers, such as bags, crates, or boxes, to protect them.
- Prepares and maintains reports of investigation results, and records of convicted arsonists and arson suspects.
- Subpoenas and interviews witnesses, property owners, and building occupants to obtain information and sworn testimony.
- Coordinates efforts with other organizations, such as law enforcement agencies.
- Swears out warrants, and arrests and processes suspected arsonists.
- Instructs children about the dangers of fire.
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