Firefighting

THE FIREFIGHTERS ROLE IN PERSERVING THE FIRE SCENE

Issue 1 and Volume 150.

THE FIREFIGHTER`S ROLE IN PERSERVING THE FIRE SCENE BY DENNIS W. SMITH Most firefighters have been instructed during basic training that they have responsibilities on the fire scene regarding investigation. In most cases, this training consists of learning to recognize the “indicators of incendiarism”1 such as multiple fires, incendiary devices, trailers (a trail of combustible materials used by an arsonist to speed the spread of fire through a structure), and the presence of ignitable liquids or containers at the area of origin. This article takes a slightly different approach, clarifying the role and responsibilities of fire suppression personnel, illustrating important considerations in the fire investigation process, and explaining the impact of firefighters` efforts in preserving the fire scene and physical evidence. PRESERVATION OF THE FIRE SCENE AND PHYSICAL EVIDENCE The responsibility for preserving the fire scene and physical evidence does not lie solely with the fire investigator but with all…

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