Fire Investigation: First Responders W0379

Course only available to on-campus weekend program students.
Curriculum: Fire Investigation
Training Specialist

Lester Rich

Delivery type
2-Day On-Campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, one semester hour in fire investigation or fire prevention.

This course is designed specifically to provide a clear definition of the role of first responders in fire investigation and provide essential knowledge to enable them to recognize the potential of intentionally set fires, preservation and protection of evidence, and proper reporting of information to appropriate officials. By strengthening the partnership between first responders and investigators, the chances for successfully solving arson-related crimes will increase.

Course topics includes:

  • Fire behavior.
  • Critical observations of the first responder.
  • Fire causes.
  • Scene security and evidence preservation.
  • Legal considerations.
  • Documentation of findings.

This course is designed for all fire and emergency services personnel who might conduct preliminary investigations into the origin and cause of fires.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

Fire and emergency services personnel who respond to fires or might conduct preliminary investigations into the origin and cause of fires.


  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. Interested students are encouraged to complete “Initial Fire Investigation for First Responders” (Q0379), available through NFA Online prior to participating in this classroom-based course.

Post-course requirements


Student comments

It increases your knowledge base on how to preserve a scene even if you are not involved in fire investigation.