Five Day Fire Investigation Training

The Five Day Fire Investigation Training Course is aimed at investigators who are required as part of their role to examine simple fire scenes as the sole investigator. It has been designed specifically with crime scene investigators and fire officers in mind. The course comprises both theoretical and practical components. The classroom learning is interspersed with small practical elements and group syndicate exercises. There is a whole day given to a hands-on fire scene investigation. There is no requirement for previous fire investigation knowledge in order to attend this course. It is intended that at the end of the course each delegate should feel that they are able to examine, record and determine the cause and origin of simple fire scenes. The five day fire investigation training course has been accredited by the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences for 44 Continuous Professional Development points.

A training manual and certificate is provided to each participant.

Burning Car

burnt out room

Post fire damaged room

The topics covered by this informative and enjoyable course include:

  • Fire science
  • Scene skills
  • Laboratory examinations
  • Electrical causes of fire
  • Risk to life assessments
  • Vehicle fires
  • Explosion investigation
  • Fatal fires
  • Statement writing
  • Defence/Prosecution experts

The practical day involves the delegates working in small teams, as they would at a fire scene, in order to fully examine, excavate, record and determine the cause and origin of a fire in a room or vehicle. Each scene is laid out with appropriate furniture and items to enable the investigation process to mimic a live scene as closely as possible and is burnt according to a scenario prior to the delegates attending. In addition to the hands-on practical, there are also several demonstrations that take place including petrol bombs and incendiary devices; letterbox fires and a boil over simulation of a chip pan fire.



Praise for this five day fire investigation training course from Fire and Police Service Professionals:

“This was an excellent course delivered by two scientists who obviously knew their subject inside out and who are quite rightly regarded as the best in the business by many. The course was well structured and interesting, culminating in an invaluable practical day. I now feel better equipped when attending arsons and it is a great advantage in knowing the Iain and Emma are at the end of a telephone should their assistance regarding anything appertaining to arsons be required. It was a privilege to have attended this course, from which I know I will benefit enormously.”

“A very good week that makes me feel more ready to undertake my role as a fire investigation officer.”

“A good, informative week. The explanations to support the input were invaluable in terms of understanding. Very enjoyable and has prepared me well for my future career as a fire examiner.”

“A very good 5 days, thank you. I learnt loads and will now look at fires from a different perspective.”

“Brilliant, interesting and enjoyable course, which has given me a lot more confidence in all aspects of fire scenes.”

“Really enjoyed the course. I was particularly looking forward to the electrical fire section as I find it difficult to determine whether they are a cause or effect of fire. Practical was also very interesting – to be hands on and also to show how difficult it can be to locate blood after a fire.”

“Very interesting week. At the beginning I wouldn’t feel confident determining the cause/number of seats. Now I would and I would enjoy going to a fire scene.”

“I thought that the course was extremely useful and I now feel I could go to a fire and have a better understanding. Great course and great people.”

“Excellent, thanks. Pitched at the right level with good use of demonstrations and practical exercises.”

“Fantastic level of knowledge carefully spread over 5 days, very empowering. Activity day very well designed. Definitely recommend.”





A simulated boil over or ‘chip pan’ fire