Wed, 16 Apr 2014|
roll call tips 128
[MUSIC] Hello my name is Buddy Cales. I've been a fire investigator for the last 30 plus years in both the public and the private sectors. And I've also be an instructor at FDIC since 1997. And while over that course of time, I taught a variety of fire investigation related topics there. But what I want to talk to you here this morning is the exterior investigation that you conduct as the fire investigator when you are called to a scene to determine the origin and cause. How comprehensive the. Important that 360 exterior examinations should be is, is governed, obviously, by the scope and the intensity of the fire. But the exterior of the building can tell you a lot. You should not overlook taking the time to go around the entire building and all six sides of that exterior of the structure, the four walls, the level below, and the level above. The exterior of the building can provide you with a myriad of important information. Often times leading you in a possible direction as to the origin and potentially the cause of the fire that you're called upon to investigate. Documenting through photos and in your words in the reports that you write. The exterior examination that you conduct in the, at the building should be just as important to you as what you do on the inside. It should be just as important to you as where and how that fire starts. The origin of the cause of the fire. Each step that you perform at the fire investigation scene has meaning. And you should approach each one of those steps with just as much importance and and determination. Appreciate your time today, and remember whatever you do, at any scene you respond to, safety should be your number one priority. Thanks again.