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    Mar 18, 2018  
2017-18 Gaston College Catalog 
2017-18 Gaston College Catalog
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FIP 128 Detection & Investigation (3 Credit Hours)

Class Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Clinical/Work Experience Hours: 0
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
This course covers procedures for determining the origin and cause of accidental and incendiary fires referenced in NFPA standard 921. Topics include collection and preservation of evidence, detection and determination of accelerants, courtroom procedure and testimony, and documentation of the fire scene. Upon completion, students should be able to conduct a competent fire investigation and present those findings to appropriate officials or equivalent.

Student Learning Outcomes
1. Identify key case law decisions that have affected fire investigations.
2. Describe proper evidence collection.
3. Describe proper courtroom procedures
4. Explain the basic elements of fire dynamics and how they affect cause determination.
5. Present evidence and findings from an arson scene to a defined audience.

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