Blaze Fire Investigation is now know as Anderson Engineering. (updated 6/28/17)Fire investigation scene management
Managing a joint fire investigation scene in a methodical, organized manner keeps costs low for our clients. Our management creates efficiencies while getting the job done. Our first step is to determine if a joint investigation is needed. As we begin to examine the scene, we look for origin and cause. We rule out items that show zero evidence of involvement. This assures that we have the correct representation at the joint investigation. When the appropriate parties have been notified, it's our job to manage the scene so that everyone can have access to the information and evidence. This results in decisions that are made accurately and quickly.Joint scene preparation
When artifact representatives arrive for the joint investigation, we provide them with a packet that contains the fire department incident report, a diagram of the scene, a protocol of how the scene will be excavated and how artifacts will be collected, any lab reports, and a synopsis of events prior, during and after the fire. Taking the time to gather this information efficiently answers questions that routinely arise in the investigation process and assures that everyone has the same baseline knowledge of the scene.
The scene itself is maintained and protected so that it is in the condition that it was when the fire department released the scene. If the fire department made any changes in the course of their own investigation, that is noted. Safety concerns are placarded as well as "Do Not Enter" signage in the area of origin. Barricade tape is placed around the area of origin. Plywood may be placed over door openings to limit access. We work with the restoration contractor to create a safe work place.During the investigation
The packet that the representatives receive as they arrive on the scene includes a plan for how the investigation will be conducted. It includes steps for digging out debris, collecting artifacts and reconstructing the area of origin. The Blaze Fire investigator managing the scene goes over the plan and responds to any questions or requests from the participants, always mindful that the objective is an unbiased investigation. Shovels, ladders, lights, power equipment and any other tools that might be needed at the scene are ready. If part of a building needs to be removed, heavy machinery will be on hand. Warming equipment to thaw frozen debris and provide a workable air temperature is provided.