Arson Investigation Level 1

Course Length: 80.0 Hours

Course Number Start Date End Date Location Instructor/Coordinator Status
TBA 10/16/2017 10/27/2017 GPSTC, FORSYTH ARTHUR MUSSELMAN
TBA 05/07/2018 05/18/2018 GPSTC, FORSYTH ARTHUR MUSSELMAN
TBA 05/14/2018 05/25/2018 GPSTC, FORSYTH ARTHUR MUSSELMAN
TBA 09/17/2018 09/28/2018 GPSTC, FORSYTH ARTHUR MUSSELMAN

Who Should Attend: Students who are, or will be, assigned to investigate the cause and origin of fires, and who will be responsible for determining if the fire was accidental or intentional in nature are eligible to attend this course after verification of their prerequisites.

Prerequisite: 1.) Law enforcement students must have completed basic mandate and have been certified as peace officers. Fire service students must be certified as a Firefighter 1 by either Georgia Fire Standards and Training Council or by the National Professional Qualifications Pro Board. 2.) The students must present a letter of recommendation from their agency head or supervisor stating the following: (1) the applicant will be responsible for investigating fire scenes for cause and origin and determination of accidental or intentional fire, (2) the applicant is an employee of the agency and has at least six months experience on the job, and (3) an attached copy of the applicant's NCIC/GCIC criminal history, dated within the last 12 months prior to application, that verifies they do not have a criminal record. The letter of recommendation and criminal history must be forwarded to GPSTC Registration prior to the start of class. The mailing address and fax number are as follows: GPSTC Registration, 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029, or fax 478-993-4297.

This course instructs students on the fundamental aspects of arson investigation. Topics include behavior of fire, motivation of the fire setter, photography, evidence collection, point of origin, and interview/interrogation techniques. Taught by experienced arson investigators, this program is one of the most comprehensive arson investigation courses available and is recognized by the National Fire Academy.

Special Notes: This course is required for state and national certifications.