Unit VI Scholarly Activity

Weight: 13% of course grade


Grading Rubric


This unit is focused on the process of the investigation as it applies to process, safety, and case management. As part of the fire investigator’s responsibility, you will be required to manage supporting documents that illustrate you have followed proper processes and/or protocols. For this assignment, you will demonstrate how you will manage this process by creating documents and forms that can be used during an investigation.
You will create the following four documents for this assignment:
1. Develop a form that will be used to record all the needed incident basic information that will be included in the final investigation report.
2. Create a personal checklist of the equipment that would be needed in order to investigate fires in your jurisdiction.
3. Write an outline for a safety briefing that will be given to everyone involved in the investigations prior to making entry into the building where the fire occurred.
4. Create an interview form that can be completed when interviewing witnesses to incidents that are under investigation.
Each completed form must be one page in length for a total of four specific forms (form to record, checklist, outline, interview). You can create the four forms as separate documents or as one complete document and upload the forms in the assignment area. The four forms will be credited to a single grade for this unit.FIR 4315, Fire Investigation Technician 1

Course Learning Outcomes for Unit VI

Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:

5. Analyze the steps associated with conducting a fire investigation.
5.1 Organize the investigation steps prior to beginning the inspection.

8. Examine the procedures for fire scene documentation.

8.1 Establish a process for organizing the data collected from the scene of the investigation.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Activity


Unit Lesson
Chapter 11, pp. 212–228
Chapter 13, pp. 242–250
Chapter 27, pp. 456–466
Unit VI Scholarly Activity


Unit Lesson
Chapter 11, pp. 212–228
Chapter 13, pp. 242–250
Chapter 27, pp. 456–466
Unit VI Scholarly Activity

Required Unit Resources

Chapter 11: Safety, pp. 212–228

Chapter 13: Planning the Investigation, pp. 242–250

Chapter 27: Management of Complex Investigations, pp. 456–466

Unit Lesson


When looking at the process of investigating fires, scene inspection, documentation, and cause and origin all
come up in the conversation. What is not discussed, and should be, is the need to conduct the administrative
part of fire investigation. When thinking of the administrative part of the investigation, you should consider
collecting the necessary basic information, making sure specialists that may be needed are available, and
having the process in place to manage the case. This all needs to be done before the first photo is ever taken.
It is important to prepare for the investigation prior to arriving on site and to make sure that the right people
with the right equipment for the fire that is being investigated are there and ready to go. There also needs to

Administration and Planning

FIR 4315, Fire Investigation Technician 2


be a consideration for safety prior to any investigation.
Consider the following questions as they pertain to

• Is there a safety plan?
• Do each of the investigators have the right

personal protective equipment (PPE) available
to them?

• Who is responsible for the overall safety?
• How is safety being managed after the fire is


The final piece of this unit is the need to understand how
to manage a complex investigation. Understanding how
to coordinate all of this information into a single
investigation will help the investigator be more efficient
at the tasks that are at hand.

Planning the Investigation

Recognizing what is happening on the scene of the fire
that needs to be investigated is the first step in the
process of conducting the investigation. Facts that are related to the incident must be gathered. The location
of the incident, date, time, and weather conditions at the time of the incident should also be recorded. The
description of the structure is also documented: the size of the structure, the use of the structure, the damage
done to the structure, how secure

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