Fire Investigation: Electrical Systems R0255

Delivery type 6-Day On-Campus
ACE recommendation ACE has not reviewed.
CEU’s 0
Training Specialist

Lester Rich

Upcoming offerings

November 26, 2017 - December 1, 2017 | March 11 - 16, 2018 | April 29, 2018 - May 4, 2018 | View more

Course description

This six-day advanced course addresses the critical skills essential to the effective investigation and evaluation of fires involving potential electrical fire causes. This course uses state-of-the-art techniques, practices, protocols and standards to assist investigators to properly and effectively evaluate electrical systems and associated components to ascertain their role in a fire. Students will be provided with a basic knowledge of electricity, electrical circuits and distribution systems, proper evaluation and recognition of common electrical faults and failures of electrical components and circuits, as well as a working knowledge of the National Electrical Code and how it applies to fire investigations.

The use of “arc mapping” will also be discussed and how it can be effectively used to assist in fire origin determination. Students will also be able to demonstrate a general knowledge of electricity, electrical circuits, systems and arc mapping principles through a series of instructor-led “hands-on” practical exercises.

Note: This course requires participation in a series of practical exercises that involves working with tools and electrical test equipment. The exercises may be 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 recommended.

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, and 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 at 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:

(Access to CFI Trainer is via website 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.)

– Electrical Safety.
– Arc Mapping Basics.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
November 26, 2017 - December 1, 2017 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
March 11 - 16, 2018 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
April 29, 2018 - May 4, 2018 Apply on 10/15/2017 - 12/15/2017 Emmitsburg, Maryland
September 16 - 21, 2018 Apply on 10/15/2017 - 12/15/2017 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Post-course requirements None