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Advanced Arson Investigation Techniques for the Insurance Industry
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Course Curriculum

  • Civil v. Criminal Arson Investigations: Similarities and Distinctions

  • Criminal Investigations: Legal Authority and Objectives

  • Civil Investigations: Legal Authority and Objectives

  • Recognizing and Maintaining Boundaries

  • Arson Immunity Reporting Acts

  • Responding to Immunity Act Requests

  • Reciprocity and Exchange of Information

  • Pitfalls and Problems to Avoid

  • Current Issues that challenge Investigative Effort

  • Successful Interaction: Mission Accomplished


  • You will be able to determine what financial statements to request to analyze the performance of a business.

  • You will learn how to review a balance sheet / profit & loss statement.

  • You will be able to determine inventory turnover.



Link Analysis:
  • The students will develop an understanding of modeling and it’s relationship with an association matrix
Modified Time Lines and VIA:
  • Students will develop an understanding of the importance of plotting a complex investigation using IT Software


  • Team Building

  • Effective selection of a leader

  • Conflict resolution strategies in a team environment.

  • Document management

  • Project management techniques

  • Effective presentation and protection of evidence

  • Spoliation issues.



  • Basic fire science.

  • Burn pattern examinations.

  • Electrical fires- fact or myth?

  • Ignitable liquid characteristics




  • Application of case management techniques.

  • Application of case management software.

  • Live case to be solved to eliminate or confirm investigative leads.

  • Team dynamics

  • Conflict resolution techniques

  • Lateral thinking

  • Courtroom presentations



  • NFPA 921

  • Spoliation

  • Preservation and protection of evidence

  • Case Management

  • Task Force Approach



  • Preparation of a CV

  • Examination in Chief - Direct Evidence Presentation

  • Cross Examination

  • Courtroom presentation—testifying as a professional.



Live Fire Range Excercise
  • You will be able to better explain fire dynamics- the fires growth and behavior characteristics.

  • You will have a better understanding of the dynamics involved in both accidental and incendiary fire events thru live fire demonstrations.

  • You will see scientific evidence that directly contradicts fire investigation myths and legends.

  • You will participate in range exercises that reinforce classroom presentations:
  • A walkthrough of a structure that was involved in a fire event with Certified Fire Investigators pointing out and explaining "indicators" of the fires growth and behavior.

  • A practical exercise designed to make the students aware of the differing characteristics involved with ignitable liquids and collectible evidence left behind.

  • A hands on exhibit demonstrating just what equipment and supplies the fire investigator might need at the scene of an investigation



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