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The Detroit Fire Department Arson Division

Detroit Fire Investigation Division Training

Practical Application and Hands on Experience

This seminar is designed to give new investigators basic skills needed to conduct thorough fire origin and cause investigations and provide practical experience at actual fire scenes with the most experienced fire investigators in the state.

Week one is a forty hour seminar consisting of at least 24 hours of tested training & 16 hours of practical application.

Week two reinforces the previous week’s studies allowing the investigator to gather additional hands on experience and knowledge on more advanced subject matter relating to fire investigation.

This seminar is intended for service professionals who have a foundational understanding of fire science and familiarity with NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033.

Print or Mail Form to:
Fire Investigation Training
1301 Third Street, Suite 547
Detroit, MI 48226

For more information about this course, download brochure here.

Contact: Captain Dennis Richardson

P: 313-596-2946

Course Overview

Option 1 - Week 1 (October 18 - October 22)

Classroom lecture on the following subjects:

  • Legal Considerations

  • Fire Behavior

  • The Scientific Method

  • Interpreting Fire Effects and Fire Patterns

  • Documenting the Fire Scene

  • Evidence Collection

  • Determining Fire Origin and Fire Cause

  • Report Writing

Fire Scene Investigation (in field)

Fee: $600

This course is MFFTC and MCOLES registered.

Option 2 – Week 2 (October 25 - October 29)

*Highly recommended for prior attendees or experienced investigators only

  • Advanced Fire Scene Investigation (in field)

  • Classroom lectures on subjects such as:   Courtroom procedures and testimony, conducting interviews, fatal fire investigations, electrical causes in fire investigation, polygraphs, and risk management - interpreting data from fire investigations

Fee: $500


Courses and field investigations are conducted by Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator Instructors of the Detroit Fire Investigation Division.

Options 1 and 2 Fee: $1000.


Class size is limited.  Registration deadline is October 4, 2021.


This seminar will be held at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters, 1301 Third St, Detroit, MI.