Fire Investigator

Instructional Hours: 80.00
This course has a Canvas component which requires internet access.

Course Overview: Fire Investigator is an 80-hour course with classroom and practical skills instruction throughout 20 4-hour sessions. This course satisfies the requirements under NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, 2022 Edition.

Course Objective: The Fire Investigator course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to function as entry-level fire investigators. Upon successfully completing this course, the student will be able to apply a standardized approach to investigating fires or explosions in their jurisdictions.

Course Description: Major topics covered in this course include determining the point of origin; burn patterns; evidence collection and analysis; interviewing techniques; and court procedure and testifying. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, team-based practical exercises, and a mock-trial exercise.

*This course satisfies the professional certification requirements for Fire Investigator.


There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it is recommended that the students be active members of a fire investigation unit.



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Coordinated by: the MFRI Office. If you have any questions about the course, you are welcome to contact them by email at:

If you require special accommodations please send your requirements to: or you may call 301-226-9900 or 1-800-275-6374.

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