FSC 3302


The course examines the technical, investigative, legal, and social aspects of arson, including principles of incendiary fire analysis and detection, environmental and psychological factors of arson, legal considerations, intervention, and mitigation strategies.

(The FESHE Course Code Equivalent for this course is C285)

FESHE outcomes: 1. Define and discuss the elements of effective departmental organization. 2. Classify what training and skills are needed to establish departmental organization. 3. Analyze the value of a community-related approach to risk reduction. 4. Outline the priorities of a budget planning document while anticipating the diverse needs of a community. 5. Assess the importance of positively influencing community leaders by demonstrating effective leadership. 6. Analyze the concept of change and the need to be aware of future trends in fire management. 7. Report on the importance of communications technology, fire service networks, and the Internet, when conducting problem-solving analysis and managing trends. 8. Develop a clear understanding of the national assessment models and their respective approaches to certification.


  1. Evaluate the fire scene, in accordance with best practice and legal requirements.
  2. Analyze the fire scenario utilizing the scientific method, fire science, and relevant technology.
  3. Design a variety of arson related intervention and mitigation strategies.
  4. Analyze the legal foundation for conducting a systematic incendiary fire investigation and case preparation.
  5. Demonstrate a technical understanding of the characteristics and impacts of fire loss and the crime of arson necessary to conduct competent fire investigation analysis.




Forensic fire scene reconstruction (Rev: 3)

Publisher: Prentice Hall (2012)
Author: Icove, D. J., DeHaan, J. D., & Haynes, G. A.
ISBN: 978-0-13-295620-8
Price: $87.87

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