Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

FIRE 123 - Fire Investigation

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100; Placement in MATH 24/50
  • Recommended Prep: FIRE 100 and FIRE 102

FIRE majors only. Introduction to an analytical approach to fire investigation that recognizes the numerous facets of fires, fuels, people and investigative procedures. The scientific principles of combustion and fire behavior will be stressed as well as the important principles of scientific investigation.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of FIRE 123, the student will be able to:

  • Identify the arson problem in the United States
  • Describe the elementary chemistry of combustion
  • Describe the nature and behavior of fire
  • Describe the combustion properties of liquid and gaseous fuels
  • Describe the combustion properties of solid fuels
  • Describe the various sources of ignition related to arson
  • Describe the process of investigating structure fires
  • Describe the process of investigating grass and wildland fires
  • Describe the process of investigating automobile, motor vehicle, and ship fires
  • Describe the basics of electricity and determining the electrical causes of fire
  • Describe the properties of clothing and fabric fires
  • Describe the properties of explosive combustion and explosives
  • Describe the properties of chemical fires and hazardous materials
  • Describe the function of evidence gathering and use of laboratory services to evaluate evidence
  • Describe the process of investigating fire-related deaths and injuries
  • Describe the different motives for the crime of arson
  • Have a conceptual knowledge of arson scene safety, fire modeling, arson law, elements of proof, chain of evidence, report writing, and courtroom testimony

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