The Detroit Fire Department Arson Division is offering Fire Investigation and Practical Application Training

July 22-26, 2019

October 28 - Nov. 1, 2019

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

The 40 hour seminar consists of 24 hours of tested training & 16 hours of practical application.

This seminar is intended for fire investigators, fire service employees, insurance investigators, and others who have a foundational understanding of fire science and familiarity with NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033. This seminar is not intended to certify attendees in fire investigation.

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


Classroom lecture on the following subjects:

  • Fire Behavior

  • Interpreting Fire Effects and Fire Patterns

  • The Scientific Method

  • Investigation Methods 

  • Documenting the Fire Scene

  • Evidence Collection

  • Determining Fire Origin and Fire Cause

  • Report Writing

  • Legal Considerations


  • Fire Scene Investigation (Two days in field)

Classroom Materials Needed

Writing utensils, notepad, laptop (optional), NFPA 921 (2017 edition), NFPA 1033 (2014 edition)

Safety Equipment

Construction style hardhat, gloves, steel shank boots, eye protection, coveralls or similar.


$550 - registration and coffee breaks

Register early - class size is limited to 25 people

Questions? Contact:

Captain Dennis Richardson


Detroit Public Safety Foundation

1301 3rd Street, Suite 547

Detroit, MI 48226 

Office: 313-628-2169

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