The ability to successfully carry out complex fire investigations requires extensive experience in fire investigation practice,specialist knowledge and skills in the use of advanced analytical tools and methods and a deep understanding of fire dynamics and how the performance of the building structure and services contribute to fire behaviour. This qualification has been developed specifically to deliver these criteria in support of persons who are required to resolve incidents which due to their inherent intricacy require the support of more sophisticated techniques. The course caters for the needs of Level 3 Officers in Fire and Rescue Services and independent fire investigation specialists. This is the development pathway to further qualifications in fire investigation.
AWARD TYPE: AdvCert
LEVEL:Short Course / CPD
STUDY MODE: Part time
DELIVERY METHOD: Mixed Mode
COURSE LENGTH: Two weeks taught programme, Sixty hours pre course guided reading and 60 hours post course guided learning.
SCHOOL: School of Engineering
PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College
START DATE: Start date dependant on applicant
Advanced fire pattern analysis techniques - processing the scene using calcination surveys and laser equipment; post flashover fire pattern analysis; vector surveys; hour glass burn patterns; Advanced electrical fault analysis – fault identification through elimination techniques; lost neutral, arc mapping surveys, use of x ray equipment; Introduction to modelling fires – fire dynamics & computer modelling; physical and mathematical models; zone modelling (CFAST/NIST); Field models (FDS); Laboratory analytical techniques – Accelerant detection and identification including gas chromatography, mass spectrometry; small or large scale ignition tests; physical and chemical debris examination; radiography; microscopy; reconstruction techniques; adhoc fire testing; Fire dynamics – Flashover characteristics including compartment variations, logic diagram for flashover; smouldering fires; flaming combustion fuel controlled, ventilation controlled and under ventilated fires; stack effect; flammability limits; flash point, fire point and auto ignition temperature; Thermal inertia, heat release rate and heat transfer; structural response of the building including fire load, design load, live load and load resistance.
The course focuses on the use of advanced analytical techniques for the determination of fire cause and origin using, computational tools such as NIST's Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS); advanced electrical investigative practice, forensic analysis and fire dynamics.
Theoretical sessions are supported by practical demonstrations in the fire laboratory and computational computer suite.
Assessment is by assignment and unseen examination.
Institution of Fire Engineers
Students graduating from this course will be well placed to deal with the challenges of a complex fire investigation. This course is specifically designed for fire service officers required to conduct Level 3 investigations, but is equally relevant to anyone who wishes to obtain a higher qualification in this area of expertise.
You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
Fire and Rescue Service and other organisations wishing to nominate a number of officers onto the programme should contact The School of Forensic & Investigative Science and speak to the Course Leader. Individuals applying for the course should contact. Individuals can apply online.