NFPA 921 Guidelines Instrumental in Aiding Fire Investigation Outcomes
Blaze Fire Investigation is now known as Anderson Engineering. (updated 6/28/17)
In-depth knowledge of the NFPA 921 guide, regarding notification to interested parties in a fire investigation, is critical to establishing a potential path to recovery for our clients. In addition to determining cause of the fire, it is our goal to provide notice to the parties so that those involved are only those that are necessary, and that the fire scene is preserved as much as possible to allow everyone equal opportunity to participate in the investigation. Blaze Fire Investigation is able to expertly incorporate NFPA 921 with a combination of the expert skills of our on-site investigators and the availability of forensic engineering consulting through colleagues at Anderson Engineering of New Prague, Inc.
Determining origin - interviewing
Fire scenes come in all conditions, from very light damage to total destruction. Whatever the scene, our investigators know that the people involved can be quite upset and even traumatized by what has happened. As our investigators make contact with these people as they enter a scene, they reassure them about the purpose of the investigation, and with their forthright and nonthreatening manner, open the door to honest dialogue.
Blaze Fire Investigators use well-honed interviewing skills to ask the right questions that will uncover facts that move the investigation along. The questioning strategy might include reconstructing a visual of the objects in the scene. It could include a history of renovations or repairs that have been made to the property. Questions directed at behaviors and actions that occurred prior to the fire are very important to identifying potential causes of a fire.
Determining origin - forensics
As they sift through debris at a fire scene at the beginning of an investigation, Blaze Fire Investigators balance their goal of determining origin with the need to preserve evidence if a joint scene is required. This is where connections with forensic engineers at Anderson Engineering of New Prague, Inc. provide Blaze Fire with resources that other investigation companies do not have readily available. At any time, our investigators can consult with an electrical or mechanical engineer to better identify products and systems that may be involved.
When a joint scene is required, only the necessary parties are placed on notice and the investigation can continue in the most cost effective manner possible. For example, let’s say that there was an investigation of a kitchen fire. The burn pattern points to an origin that is on the counter and doesn’t include the area where the stove and fridge are located. Possible parties for notice could include manufacturers of countertop appliances but not to the large appliances across the room that were not in the defined area of origin.
Providing clients with all the options
Throughout a fire scene investigation, Blaze Fire Investigators are in communication with clients, providing them with facts that they need to make decisions and move the process forward in an efficient, timely manner. Each case is different, but with highly trained investigators and a team of forensic experts at hand, we effectively act as the investigative eyes and ears for clients who need answers to the origin and cause of a fire, leading to the best path to recovery.