Fire Investigation: Electrical Systems R0255

Curriculum: Fire Investigation
Training Specialist

Lester Rich

Delivery type
6-Day On-Campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, three semester hours in fire investigation, fire science, or fire service.

This six-day specialized course addresses the critical skills essential to the effective investigation and evaluation of fires involving potential electrical fire causes through the use of current techniques, practices, protocols, and standards to assist investigators in the evaluation of electrical systems and associated components.

Students will:

  • Be provided with a basic knowledge of electricity, electrical circuits and distribution systems, and common electrical faults and failures.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the National Electrical Code® and how it applies to fire investigations.
  • Learn to apply arc mapping theory that will effectively assist in fire origin determination.
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of electricity by building electrical circuits and systems through a series of instructor-led “hands-on” practical activities.

Note: This course requires participation in a series of practical activities that involve working with tools and electrical test equipment conducted at the Fire Science Training Complex outdoor classrooms. Appropriate work clothing (jumpsuit, work shoes and gloves) in addition to appropriate clothing for inclement weather is required.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

Priority will be reserved for federal, state and local fire service, law enforcement personnel, and prosecutors with full-time fire/arson and explosion investigation responsibility and/or prosecution.

These personnel include:

  • Fire/arson investigators,
  • State fire marshals,
  • Law enforcement personnel,
  • Criminal investigators,
  • District attorney’s staff.
  • Members of arson task forces.


1. Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online.  Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

2. Successful completion of National Fire Academy’s “Fire/Arson Origin-and-Cause Investigations” or "Fire Investigations: Essentials" course (both R0206) or “Fire/ Arson Investigation” (R/H/O0205) course. Successful completion of one of the following state’s arson courses satisfies the R/H/O0205 or R0206 requirement: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

3. Successful completion of the following Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) Trainer modules through the CFI Trainer website:

  • Basic Electricity.
  • Electrical Safety.
  • Arc Mapping Basics.

There are no costs or membership requirements to access these modules. Applicants must provide a copy of their CFI Trainer transcript along with their admissions application verifying that they have successfully completed the requisite training modules listed above.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
August 5 - 10, 2018 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
September 16 - 21, 2018 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
October 21 - 26, 2018 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
November 25 - 30, 2018 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
March 10 - 15, 2019 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 12 - 17, 2019 Apply on 10/15/2018 - 12/15/2018 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 11 - 16, 2019 Apply on 10/15/2018 - 12/15/2018 Emmitsburg, Maryland