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FI-210 WILDLAND FIRE ORIGIN & CAUSE DETERMINATION. Washington State DNR RE-CERTIFICATION PROCESS. 00- 1 -FI210-EP. Certification Process. Instructional Objective: Understand the requirements for certification. Wildland Fire Investigation Evolution. Recent Supreme Court decisions

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    1. FI-210WILDLAND FIRE ORIGIN & CAUSE DETERMINATION Washington State DNR RE-CERTIFICATION PROCESS 00-1-FI210-EP

    2. Certification Process • Instructional Objective: • Understand the requirements for certification

    3. Wildland Fire Investigation Evolution • Recent Supreme Court decisions • NFPA 921 and 1033 • Investigators • Litigators • Certified Fire Investigator programs • International Association of Arson Investigators • ATF

    4. NFPA 921 - “Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation” • Systematic fire investigation and analysis • Scientific findings, court rulings, technical trends

    5. NFPA 1033 - Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator • Minimum performance requirements • scene documentation • evidence collection/preservation • information through interview/interrogation • post incident investigation • presentation of findings

    6. Wildland Fire Investigator CertificationA National Initiative • Proposed to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) in 2000 • Fire Investigation Working Team (FIWT) established

    7. Fire Investigation Working TeamMembership • USDA, Forest Service • Oregon Department of Forestry • USDI, Bureau of Land Management • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources • USDI, Bureau of Indian Affairs • South Carolina Forestry • National Association of State Fire Marshals • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) • USDI, Fish and Wildlife Service

    8. Fire Investigation Working TeamMembership • Tennessee Valley Authority • USDI, National Park Service • California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection • Saskatchewan Environmental Resource Ministry • Alberta Forest Protection Division • Australia, New South Wales RFS • Australia, Victoria CFA • New Zealand

    9. Wildland Fire Investigator Certification Standards • Draft standard developed • National peer review • 160 written comments • Revised standard approved by other NWCG working teams • Approved by NWCG Board in October 2001

    10. Wildland Fire Investigator Certification Standards • PMS 310-1 • Progressively tiered & performance based • Three levels of certification described as Wildland Fire Investigator (WFI) • Type 3 – Origin and Cause • Type 2 – Case Development • Type 1 – Case Management

    11. Wildland Fire Investigator Certification Standards • Position Task Books for each level. • Written proficiency exercises • Required NWCG training • Additional recommended training for each level. • Employing agency certifies using NWCG standards

    12. Wildland Fire Investigator Certification Standards - Type 3: Origin & Cause • Minimum skills: • Fire behavior • Fire ignition sources & factors • Burn pattern interpretation • Basic investigation methodology & techniques • Type 3 position task book and proficiency exercise • FI-210 training • Recommended training • I-100/200, S-130, S-190,FI-110

    13. Wildland Fire Investigator Certification Standards - Type 2: Case Development • Minimum Skills: • Intermediate fire behavior • Complex origin & cause • Managing investigation team • Enhanced knowledge of civil & criminal processes • Arson investigation • Investigation methodologies beyond the preliminary level • Type 2 position task book and proficiency exercise • FI-310 training • Recommended training • S-290, I-300

    14. Wildland Fire Investigator Certification Standards - Type 1: Case Management • Minimum skills: • Management of large & complex cases • Advanced fire behavior knowledge • Leadership & organization of large task force operations • Oversight of training and certification • Type 1 position task book and proficiency exercise • FI-410 training • Recommended training • S-390, I-400

    15. Wildland Fire Investigator Certification Standards - Summary • NWCG position descriptions published in the Wildland & Prescribed Fire Qualifications Guide • Three levels of certified wildland fire investigator: Type 1, Type 2, Type 3 • Position task books at each level • NWCG training curriculums required: FI-210, FI-310, FI-410 • Other training recommended • Employing agency certifies using NWCG standards

    16. Wildland Fire Investigator Certification Standards • Represents the minimum requirement • Is the beginning and not the end of what is need to be proficient • The investigator must have dedication to continued learning and improvement of skills