Wed, 22 Jan 2014|




[MUSIC] Hello. My name is Buddy Cales. For the last 30-plus years, I've been a fire investigator in both the public and the private sectors. I've been teaching a variety of fire investigation-related topics at FDIC since 1997. Today I'd like to talk to you just a little bit about your thought process when you arrive at and when you're responding to that investigation scene. Why are you going there and what are you there to do? Are you there to determine the origin and the cause of the fire? Are you there to determine the manner of the fire, or are you there to do something a little bit bigger than that? My tip for you today is that as you're responding as that fire investigator, be it a company officer. The fire marshal, the fire investigator or whatever topic you assume that day, keep in mind that your sole purpose when you arrive at that fire scene in addition to determining where that fire started and what the heat source responsible for it was was determining whether or not a crime was committed. That's your job as the fire investigator. Is this fire accidental, or is something taking place here that makes this fire senior called upon to investigate the crime scene? Thanks for your time. Remember, whatever you do, keep safety as your number one priority. Thanks.