Fire Investigation Task Force
C = Career V = Volunteer
Fire Investigation Statistics
The goal is to provide the necessary number of fire investigators to investigate and document origin and cause in accordance with RCW 48.48.060. The investigation team or FITF is administered under the Prevention Division. Investigators respond when called by normal dispatch procedure or when requested by the incident commander. Training is conducted on the second Monday of every month at the administration building from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. Training is coordinated and documented by Prevention Division personnel.
SCFD-9 Fire Prevention Division Operating Guideline
To satisfy statutory requirements for investigation, we need to provide investigators that are fully trained to perform the entire investigation process from beginning to end. That individual may be assisted by investigators that are not fully trained to perform all phases of investigation without help or supervision. However, overall investigation supervision must be performed by a capable lead investigator.
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for training investigators toward two categories: investigator, and lead investigator or senior investigator.
All personnel newly assigned to the investigation team will be required to successfully complete the 30-hour basic investigator course or equivalent as soon as possible to be considered investigators.
Lead investigators are investigators who have demonstrated ability to manage the investigation, record the scene, examine the scene, collect and process evidence, interview subjects, and write reports. Lead investigators must have completed the 30-hour basic investigator course and have successfully demonstrated all of the skills listed below. Some of these skills can be demonstrated in a classroom setting through performance and/or testing and some must be demonstrated on actual investigations. Skill demonstration must be documented and witnessed by another lead investigator, a chief officer, or an IC.
SCFD-9 report format
Additionally, investigators and lead investigators must be trained in detecting the presence of hazardous materials, surveying hazardous materials from a safe location, and collecting hazard information. These issues are addressed in firefighter training through HAZMAT first responder, awareness level. The training section maintains training and record management on these topics.
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