Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

Unit 23

Unit 23 - Fire Investigation within the Fire and Rescue Service

Unit abstract

This unit will help learners to understand the principles of Fire Investigation and its importance within the Fire and Rescue Service and to partner agencies.

Learners will understand how to identify the location and causes of fire; including ignition sources, location and propagation of fires.

Identifying how fires start and develop enables preventative measures to be taken to reduce the numbers of fires and provides information to other agencies to minimise the number and affects of fires in the community. Knowledge of what this information is used for will help learners understand the importance of fire investigation to the Fire and Rescue Services and the wider community.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit a learner should:

  • Understand the principles of Fire Investigation.
  • Understand the role of Fire Investigation.
  • Understand the Fire Investigation methods, techniques and equipment that may be used at a fire scene.

1 Understand the principles of Fire Investigation.

Principles: Identifying location and causes of fire; ignition sources; location and propagation of fires.

2 Understand the role of Fire Investigation

Role: to identify the causes of fires; to provide information to relevant bodies; to support the reduction of accidental fires; detection of deliberate fire-setting for example to prevent death and injury and damage to property.

3 Understand the fire investigation methods, techniques and equipment that may be used at a fire scene

Methods: direct observation; witness testimony; scene examination

Techniques: Initial observations e.g. location, severity, spread, direction of fire travel; scientific analysis; smoke pattern analysis; scene excavation; hydrocarbon detection

Equipment: e.g. manual tools, hydrocarbon detection equipment; electronic, dogs, sample bags, chemical analysis equipment

Grading Grid

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all of the learning outcomes for the unit. The criteria for a pass grade describe the level of achievement required to pass this unit.

Grading criteria
To achieve a pass grade the evidence must show that the learner is able to:
P1Describe the principles of Fire Investigation.
P2Describe two roles of Fire Investigation.
P3Identify the origin of fire through a simulated scene examination.

Developing Independence and Leadership...

Use the links below to quickly jump to any unit within in the Edexcel Level 2 BTEC Award, Certificate and Diploma in Fire and Rescue Services in the Community.

Essential Resources

Fire Service Manuals/Circulars:

  • Fire Services Youth Training Association-Fire and Rescue Service Manual Youth Training and Development (Stationary Office, 31st August 2004) ISBN10- 0113412932
  • Related Fire Services Circulars e.g. FSC1/89 - Breathing Apparatus and where these have been superseded consideration should be given to these documents within your organisation.
Partners
Partnership Authorities