Montgomery College 2020-2021 Catalog 
    May 30, 2024  
Montgomery College 2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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FIRE 225 - Fire Investigation I

(R only)

Intended to provide the student with the fundamentals and technical knowledge needed for proper fire scene interpretations, including recognizing and conducting origin and cause, preservation of evidence and documentation, scene security, motives of the firesetter, and types of fire causes. Assessment Level(s): ENGL 101 /ENGL 011 , READ 120 . Three hours each week. Formerly FS 225.

3 semester hours

Course Outcomes:
Upon course completion, a student will be able to:

  • Identify the responsibilities of a firefighter when responding to the scene of a fire, including scene security and evidence preservation.
  • Describe the implications of constitutional amendments as they apply to fire investigations.
  • Identify key case law decisions that have affected fire investigations.
  • Define the common terms used in fire investigations.
  • Explain the basic elements of fire dynamics and how they affect cause determination.
  • Compare the types of building construction on fire progression.
  • Describe how fire progression is affected by fire protection systems and building design.
  • Discuss the basic principles of electricity as an ignition source.
  • Recognize potential health and safety hazards.
  • Describe the process of conducting investigations using the scientific method.
  • Identify cause and origin and differentiate between accidental and incendiary.
  • Explain the procedures used for investigating vehicle fires.
  • Identify the characteristics of an incendiary fire and common motives of the fire setter.

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