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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 (May 9 - 13, 2022 )

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.

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

Option 2 – Week 2 (May 16 - 20, 2022)

Classroom lectures on subjects such as:

  • Fire Investigators as expert witnesses

  • Bias in Fire Investigation

  • Electricity and Electrical systems

  • Techniques for Origin determination

  • Fundamentals of Scene Documentation

Fee: $750

Courses will be instructed by subject matter experts and industry professionals from the Forensic Fire Analysis Institute including: Nicole Brewer, Ryan Cox, Greg Gorbett, William Hicks, Kyle Higgins, Thomas Sing, Stuart Sklar, Bryan Winnigham, and Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator Instructors from the Detroit Fire Department.

Options 1 and 2 Fee: $1350.


Class size is limited.  Registration deadline is April 25, 2022.


Option 1 will be held at the Detroit Public Safety Headquarters, 1301 Third St, Detroit, MI and Option 2 will be held at Wayne County Community College Downriver Campus, 21000 Northline Road, Taylor, MI. 

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Check-in can start on Sunday, May 15 or Monday, May 16 and check out is Friday, May 20th.


Rooms are single occupancy with kitchen. The rate ($109/night) is good through May 1, 2022.