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Electrical Aspects of Fire Investigation 11.7-10.23 OH


Toledo Police & Fire Department Hosts Electrical Aspects of Fire Investigation
November 7 – 9, 2023
Owens Center for Emergency Preparedness
30150 Tracy Road
Walbridge, OH  43465

Class starts each day at 8am

This course addresses the critical skills essential to the effective investigation and evaluation of fires involving potential electrical fire causes. This course utilizes state of the art techniques, practices, protocols and standards to assist investigators to properly and effectively evaluate electrical systems and associated components to ascertain their role in a fire. Students will be provided with a basic knowledge of electricity, electrical circuits and distribution systems, proper evaluation and recognition of common electrical faults and failures of electrical components and circuits, as well as a working knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and how it applies to fire investigations. The use of “Arc Mapping” will also be discussed and how it can be effectively used to assist in fire origin determination. Participants will also be able to demonstrate a general knowledge of electricity, electrical circuits, systems and arc mapping principles through a series of instructor-led “hands-on” practical exercises.

Topics to be covered: Scene Safety; Definitions / Terms; Atomic Theory and Electricity; Ohm’s Law / Joules’ Law; Magnetism; AC vs. DC; Transformers; Three Phase Power; Branch Circuits; Service Entrance; Meter Usage; Circuit Breakers; Wiring; Measuring Voltage & Current; Electrical Failure; Evidence Collection; Scene Processing; Electrical Heating; Arcing Through Char & Melting; Examination Hints; Myth Avoidance; Arc Mapping; Open Neutral Failure; Intrusion Alarm and Surveillance Systems; Electrical Examinations; and Case Studies.

You will need to bring a laptop/tablet, power tap and extension cord, regular and Philips screwdriver, wire cutters, and needle nose pliers.

CFITrainer.Net® Module Prerequisites:

Arc Mapping Basics
Basic Electricity
Electrical Safety
Residential Electrical Systems
Introduction to Evidence
Prerequisites are required as supporting knowledge for the class and the examination.  Materials within the class and examination will reference all Prerequisites.

Registration Fees: 
IAAI-Member $330.00 
Non-Member $490.00 
Debit/Credit Card payments only. If you must use a check or other means please contact IAAI-Training@firearson.com

Cancellation Structure:
31 days prior to start of class, monies refunded.
30 days prior to start of class, no refund.

Questions? IAAI-Training@firearson.com

All IAAI offerings are subject to cancellation or changes.

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