Course Summary
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6 Days (46 Hours)
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Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 Fire Investigation


The course objective is for students to demonstrate current techniques, practices, protocols and standards that assist the investigators in the evaluation of electrical systems and associated components.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply the fundamentals of electric utility system operations, including generation, transmission, distribution, and typical electrical service supplies to buildings and facilities
  • Use Ohm’s and Joule’s laws to calculate unknown values
  • Distinguish among the theories and physics of electrical systems to determine their relevance in a fire investigation
  • Analyze the components of fuses and breakers to determine if the source of heat for ignition was the result of tampering or a failure
  • Evaluate safety methods, equipment, and techniques used to evaluate electrical systems
  • Apply arc mapping to the reconstruction of a fire scene to determine the area of origin
  • Evaluate artifacts to determine if an appliance failed, if it caused a fire, or if the appliance was damaged as a result of the fire
  • Apply and demonstrate electrical theory to include current, voltage, and power
  • Analyze the failure modes and limitations of over-current protection device (OCPD) types, styles, and brands
  • Demonstrate knowledge of branch circuit components and installation methods
  • Evaluate the source, path, and load components to determine their potential involvement in a fire investigation
  • Discern and evaluate electrical faults, failures, and associated high-resistance connection (HRC) characteristics
  • Using knowledge of source, path and load, build a service entrance and connect the appropriate circuits

General Topics:

  • Basic electricity
  • Ohm’s Law and Joule’s Law
  • Electrical power delivery
  • Electrical service equipment
  • Circuit protection methods and devices
  • Circuit breaker issues
  • Typical circuit components
  • Scene safety
  • Evaluate the components
  • High-resistance connections
  • Building an electrical service
  • Arc mapping
  • Appliance failure
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials