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HCFMO INVESTIGATIONS FIELD TRAINING MANUAL

Credit to those who created and organized the information contained in this work product by utilizing it to create similar work product for your organization would be appreciated by including the following dedication: The organization and arrangement of the referenced material in the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office (HCFMO) Fire Investigator Field Training Manual and Position Task Book is the work product of the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office. The HCFMO Field Training Manual and Position Task Book were created and are continually updated by dedicated employees of HCFMO. The creation and organization of this material is to document an individual’s successful performance of the required tasks to become an agency-credentialed fire investigator, as well as, demonstrate successful performance of the minimum job performance requirements (JPRs) for fire investigators as outlined in the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator 2014 Edition. Great care was taken to cite all work product of the NFPA. This work product is not intended to be used or reproduced in any commercial capacity for profit or personal gain.


TABLE OF CONTENTS Overview .......................................................................................................................................................... 3 Executive Summary .......................................................................................................................................... 4 Introduction ................................................................................................................................... 4 Purpose .......................................................................................................................................... 4 Conclusion ..................................................................................................................................... 4 Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office .................................................................................................................. 5 Mission .......................................................................................................................................... 5 Investigations Organizational Chart ............................................................................................... 5 Operational Considerations ........................................................................................................... 8 Fire Marshal Code .......................................................................................................................... 9 Role of the Investigator .................................................................................................................................. 10 FTO Program Development ............................................................................................................................ 11 Program Structure and Format ....................................................................................................................... 12 FTM Training Modules .................................................................................................................................... 14 MODULE 1 – General Orientation ................................................................................................................... 16 MODULE 2 – Required Training ...................................................................................................................... 18 MODULE 3 – Scene Performance .................................................................................................................... 20 MODULE 4 – Report Writing ........................................................................................................................... 22 MODULE 5 – Case Follow-Up .......................................................................................................................... 28 MODULE 6 – Filing Charges/Warrants ............................................................................................................ 30 MODULE 7 – Case management & Presentation............................................................................................. 32 Daily FTP Assessment ..................................................................................................................................... 34 FTO Critique ................................................................................................................................................... 37 FTO Program Evaluation ................................................................................................................................. 39 Appendix A .................................................................................................................................................... 42 Appendix B ..................................................................................................................................................... 58 Ignition Matrix ............................................................................................................................................... 59

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OVERVIEW Authorized under Chapter 352 of the Local Government Code, The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office (HCFMO) is a specialized law enforcement agency that provides essential public safety services, primarily in the unincorporated areas of Harris County, TX. The HCFMO relies on a customer first operational philosophy to achieve agency goals and balance community risks regarding fire/life safety and emergency response within the 1,777 square miles of Harris County and 4.8 million population; while encouraging a strong and sustainable economy. The Fire Marshal is appointed by Commissioners Court to a term not to exceed two years. Except for administrative support staff, HCFMO employees are certified as “fire protection personnel” by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (“TCFP”); and where required by law, as “peace officers” by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (“TCOLE”).

HCFMO at a Glance Senior Leadership Laurie L. Christensen Fire Marshal CFPS, FM, FEMT Bob Royall

Assistant Chief, Emergency Operations

Rodney Reed

Assistant Chief Operation Support

Chad Shaw

Deputy Chief Prevention

Mitchell Weston

Deputy Chief Investigations

Established

1974

Major Missions

Fire/Arson Investigation Fire Inspections Code Enforcement Emergency Response Coordination of Fire Protection Services Training and Education Homeland Security Readiness

Total Employees ....................................................100+

Core Values HCFMO’s greatest asset is the men and women who embrace and work by a set of enduring Core Values. These values give each HCFMO member strength and form the basis for every action; they bond each member into the team that will meet and withstand every challenge. Integrity is the quality that, without compromise, guides HCFMO personnel to act responsibly, to be dependable and responsible, to hold themselves and others accountable for their actions, and to respect others. Commitment is the total, 24-hour a day, dedication to community and the people we serve. It is the bond between all HCFMO members that drives us to complete any mission, to get the job done by sharing the load and looking out for each other. Excellence is the expected result for all HCFMO activities. our determination to achieve standards of personal responsibility for excellence in everything we do.

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Introduction As a probationary investigator, you have demonstrated the unique skills to work in the field of fire and arson investigation. Additionally, you have shown the traits that the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office looks for in existing and future employees. This training manual has been prepared for providing all HCFMO Investigators involved in the Field Training Program with the basic information required to effectively execute their respective roles within the organization. The manual contains the HCFMO 1033 Task Book, training modules, training checklists, and other critical information, which will document the completion of program requirements. It is incumbent upon all field training participants to become familiar with the contents and procedures set forth in this manual. It is the probationary investigator’s responsibility to maintain this manual in the best condition possible. The Field Training Program will build upon an existing foundation by providing the probationary investigator with structured, organized training skills and knowledge in an effort to successfully complete the responsibilities required of all HCFMO investigation employees. Field training program personnel will make every effort to replace learning by trial and error, with competent one-on-one instruction. The probationary investigator’s success will greatly depend on his or her ability to quickly retain information and demonstrate an ability to exercise self-initiative in assuming responsibility, while maintaining control of situations.

Purpose The HCFMO Investigation Field Training Manual has been developed to ensure that all probationary investigators have the proper training to fulfill the assigned tasks while being mentored by a field training officer or supervisor for the shift in which he/she is assigned and allow a seamless integration into the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Conclusion After successful completion of the Field Training Program, investigators will participate in a ninety (90) day period of observation by their peers to demonstrate proficiency in their assigned tasks. Once the ninety-day probationary period is completed, the HCFMO Investigator will be placed on a dedicated shift or advised on areas of development opportunity in order to ensure compliance with HCFMO tasks, policies, and procedures. A copy of their FTM task book will be placed in their permanent employee file.

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HARRIS COUNTY FIRE MARSHAL’S OFFICE Mission As provided by chapter 352 of the Texas Local Government Code, by other statutes, and at the direction of commissioners court: The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office (HCFMO) will safeguard the lives and property of citizens in unincorporated areas of Harris County through effective fire prevention, fire investigation, and emergency response.

Investigations Organizational Chart

Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen CFPS, FM, FEMT Fire Marshal Christensen is responsible for the overall operation of the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office. She began her career in emergency services in 1991.

Deputy Chief Mitchell Weston Chief Weston is responsible for the overall operation of the Investigation Division, reporting directly to the Fire Marshal. Chief Weston began his career in the fire service in 1993 and law enforcement in 2000.

Captain Scott Schoonover Captain Schoonover is responsible for the daily operation of the Investigation Division, reporting directly to Chief Weston. Captain Schoonover began his career in the fire service in 1996 and law enforcement in 2006.

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Investigations Organizational Chart Continued

Lieutenant James Singleton Lieutenant Singleton is responsible for direct supervision of the investigations staff, and reports directly to Captain Schoonover. Lieutenant Singleton began his career in the fire service in 2002 and law enforcement in 2007.

Lieutenant Tonya Spencer Lieutenant Spencer is responsible for direct supervision of the investigations staff, and reports directly the Captain Schoonover. Lieutenant Spencer began her career in the fire service in 1997 and law enforcement in 2004.

Lieutenant Dustin Ledford Lieutenant Ledford is responsible for direct supervision of the investigations staff, and reports directly to the Captain Schoonover. Lieutenant Ledford began his career in the fire service in 1993 and law enforcement in 2002.

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Investigations Organizational Chart Continued

Lieutenant Kyle Pulley Lieutenant Pulley is responsible for direct supervision of the investigations staff, and reports directly the Captain Schoonover. Lieutenant Pulley began his career in the fire service in 2012 and law enforcement in 2015.

Sergeant/K9 Handler Shawn Keesler Sergeant Keesler is responsible for direct supervision of the investigations staff, canine responses, and reports directly to a dayshift Lieutenant. Sergeant Keesler began his career in the fire service in 1995 and law enforcement in 2007.

Sergeant/K9 Handler Eddy Tessier Sergeant Tessier is responsible for direct supervision of the investigations staff, canine responses, and reports directly to a dayshift Lieutenant. Sergeant Tessier began his career in the fire service in 1988 and law enforcement in 2000.

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Philosophy The department’s operating philosophy is based on four embodiments of our core values. Everything we do, every day we do it, relies on every staff member’s firm belief and solemn pledge that: We will serve our Customers . . . HCFMO exists to serve our citizens, local first responders, other agencies, and each other. We will put our customers’ needs first, and we will treat each customer with courtesy and respect. We will preserve our Reputation . . . HCFMO is recognized for integrity, justice, professionalism, accountability, and innovation. We will maintain this reputation through adherence to our Core Values, through continuous quality improvement (CQI), and our ongoing commitment to excellence. We will take care of our People . . . HCFMO employees and non-paid volunteers are our greatest asset. We will provide a work environment that promotes safety, open communication, and recognizes the contributions of all team members. We will provide the necessary facilities, tools, and equipment to accomplish our assignments safely, completely, and in accordance with recognized standards of performance. We will secure our Future . . . HCFMO will provide value-added services for the citizens of Harris County and elsewhere as authorized by Commissioners Court. We will accomplish our mission with integrity, commitment, and excellence; will protect the taxpayer’s investment by properly using and caring for all equipment assigned for our use; will actively seek the best value when purchasing equipment or contract services, and will reduce waste whenever possible.

Operational Considerations

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Fire Marshal Code The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office advocates commitment to a standard of professional behavior that exemplifies the highest ideals and principles of ethical conduct. The governing concepts embodied in this philosophy are characterized herein below, for the benefit and guidance of those so engaged, and for the enlightenment of the public so served. ▪

Place the public’s welfare above all other interests and recognize that the chief function of government is to serve the best interest of all the people.

Demonstrate integrity, honesty, and fairness in all transactions and constantly strive for excellence in all matters of ethical conduct.

Recognize the continuing need for developing improved safety.

Maintain professional competence in all areas of employment responsibility and encourage the same for all associates at all levels.

Accept no personal favors for public services rendered and conscientiously avoid all circumstances that could compromise professional integrity.

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ROLE OF THE INVESTIGATOR It is the intent of the Fire Marshal’s Office that all investigations will be conducted in a safe, impartial, thorough, and profession manner, in accordance with applicable, nationally recognized guidelines and standards. As an investigator you should strive to provide the best possible customer service while utilizing these guidelines and standards. •

All HCFMO personnel who conduct investigations throughout Harris County shall be guided by the current adopted edition of NFPA 921, “Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations”, the current adopted edition of NFPA 1033, “Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator,” and Texas Local Government Code 352.

All investigation reports shall be entered into the agency’s records management software in an expeditious manner, for supervisory administrative and technical review.

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FTO PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office Field Training Officer Program was originally instituted in the fall of 2012, under the direction of the Fire Marshal, Mike Montgomery. The FTM was developed in concert with the HCFMO Professional Competence Development Program for investigators to provide a standard base of excellence for all future HCFMO Investigators. The program will continue to develop with the ever changing field of fire/arson investigations. None of this would have been possible without the help and support of all HCFMO Employees. Their assistance with and acceptance of the program is greatly appreciated and will continue to drive the progressive nature of HCFMO to be the standard for best practices throughout the industry.

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PROGRAM STRUCTURE AND FORMAT The Field Training Program (FTP) consists of an initial series of classroom instruction, which will cover a variety of subjects to include: organizational orientation, introduction to employee handbook, introduction to policies and procedures, and other information pertinent to the Investigator. At the end of the classroom training portion, the probationary investigator will be given their Field Training Manual along with the assignment of FTO. Inside the FTM will be (7) seven modules, each module will have objectives and requirements for demonstration by the probationary investigator. Each time that the probationary investigator completes demonstration of a task outlined in the module, the probationary investigator will: •

Record the case number and date on the provided form o This will be signed off by the assigned FTO which is responsible for the probationary investigator mentoring.

When a module is complete, the assigned FTO shall sign off that the module is complete.

All modules of the training program shall be completed and signed off on prior to the probationary investigator being released from the training program, and eligible for the below list privileges, • •

Released from probation Promotional opportunities

For assignments which are not performed on a daily basis, there will be mandatory classes, provided by this agency to assist in completion of the required training. These classes will take the place of some of the required documentation. Written performance during the class will be evaluated by the instructor for satisfactory completion of that portion of the module. Each probationary investigator involved in the field training program is responsible for keeping up with their field training manual. When a module or portion of a module is complete, it is the probationary investigator’s responsibility to get that signed by the assigned FTO. •

Losing or misplacing your field training manual will result in beginning the program again.

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Prior to completion of any training module the probationary investigator will be required to demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in either oral or written form. Prior to completion of the field training program, the probationary investigator may be required to demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in total job assignment, in oral or written form. This will include the requirement for completion of the HCFMO 1033 Task Book. • Upon successful completion of the HCFMO FTM probationary investigator will be assigned to a partner law enforcement agency for additional law enforcement training. The specific amount of additional training will be based on feedback from the partner law enforcement agency and HCFMO division chief. • Every 30 days the trainee will meet with the field training coordinator to evaluate the trainee and discuss any needs or problems. • The field training coordinator will meet with field training officers to check on the progress of the trainee and address any needs or problems. • After the 90 day Field Training Program the probationary investigator shall begin a 90 day probationary period. • Any remedial training will be addressed during the probationary period. •

Probationary investigators with previous HCFMO experience may be authorized by the division chief to utilize various combinations of training and experience to meet the minimum training requirement.

At completion of the Field Training Program, the probationary investigator will be required to complete a Field Training Program Evaluation Form. This form will be reviewed by the field training coordinator and the program will be adjusted if needed.

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FTM TRAINING MODULES The following is to be completed and signed upon the completion of the classroom instruction and the issuing of the FTM.

Orientation Understandings 1. The assigned FTO is responsible for assuring proper training and compliance with the FTM. a. The Probationary Investigator will follow his/her directions/orders at all times during any incident. b. In the event the Probationary Investigator has any questions regarding the prescribe actions, he/she shall discuss them with the supervisor or FTO when the incident has been brought to a conclusion. 2. If at any time you and the supervisor/FTO have a disagreement and cannot resolve the issue, both shall report to field training coordinator. 3. In the event a Probationary Investigator fails to pass a scene performance evaluation, the probationary investigator will be required to complete remedial and observatory training before continuing the required training module, at the discretion of the FTO or supervisor. 4. Maintenance of the FTM is your responsibility. 5. It is the responsibility of the Probationary Investigator to know their satisfactory progression through the training. a. The FTO will keep daily documentation of progress to include strengths and areas of improvement.

Field Training Program Start Date: ________________________________

I have explained the above items to Probationary Investigator: _______________________________ _______________________________ Field Training Officer

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I have read and understood the requirements outlined in the Field Training Program. _______________________________ Probationary Investigator

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FINALIZED CHECKLIST The following modules are to be signed-off by the attending FTO or assigned after successful completion of the module, in its entirety.

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COMPLETED Initials

FTO Signature

Date

1. General Orientation

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2. Required Training

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3. Scene Performance

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4. Report Writing

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5. Follow Up

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6. Filing Charges

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7. Case Management

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8. HCFMO 1033 Task Book ______

___________________ _______

(Non-Peace Officer Fire Investigators shall only observe #5 & #6 – not required to complete) ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: _____________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________

RECOMMENDATIONS: ________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________

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MODULE 1 – GENERAL ORIENTATION Location: Classroom & Logistics Supply Room Personnel Required: Supervisor or FTO / Probationary Investigator Supporting Documents: Arson & Investigations Orientation / Investigation Equipment Issue During this Module, the Probationary Investigator shall learn the basic principles essential to beginning a career with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office. •

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Introduction to the HCFMO Organization o HCFMO: ▪ Mission ▪ Core Values ▪ Operational Philosophy o Overview of the HCFMO Office ▪ Investigations ▪ Prevention ▪ Emergency Operations ▪ Operational Support / Training ▪ Regulatory Enforcement Services ▪ Youth Fire Setters Intervention Program ▪ Community Outreach o Introduction to Policies & Procedures ▪ HCFMO ▪ Harris County Utilization of WEB HC Logistics o Issuing of Equipment and Vehicle Critical Site Locations o Specific County Locations o Fuel Sites o Vehicle Maintenance Locations o Emergency Locations Performance Expectations Uniform and Appearance Standards Set-Up of Technology Assets Weapons Proficiency (peace officers): o In accordance with the HCFMO firearms policy, each law enforcement officer shall qualify with the weapon that they carry on duty as well as any weapons that they carry off duty. The qualifications will take place with a HCFMO firearms training officer and in accordance with the firearms policy. This will be required prior to the probationary investigator being allowed to carry a firearm on or off duty.

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MODULE 1 GENERAL ORIENTATION

1. Orientation Class Complete: ________________ (Instructor Signature)

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3. Weapons Qualification Passed: ______________ (Fire Arms Officer Signature)

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MODULE 2 – REQUIRED TRAINING Location: On-Scene, Classroom, and Online Resources Personnel Required: Supervisor or FTO / Probationary Investigator Supporting Documents: None Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office is dedicated to serve and protect the citizens of Harris County in the most effective means possible. Continued training is required by HCFMO as well as by all state licensing organizations which certifies the probationary investigator to do the job requirements. The following classes must be completed and certificates provided, during the Field Training Program. Additionally, this Module cannot be completed until the HCFMO 1033 Task Book is completed. •

Operational Classes o Harris County or HCFMO Classes ▪ 3807 TCIC / NCIC Less Than Full Access ▪ JIMS Training (HCJIMS) ▪ Computer Aided Dispatching (CAD) ▪ Records Management System (RMS) ▪ CJIS Security Awareness

Incident Management Training o All classes provided online at: http://www.fema.gov/emergecny/nims/NIMSTrainingCourses.shtm#item1 ▪ ▪ ▪ ▪

IS-00100: IS-00200: IS-00700: IS-00800:

Introduction to the Incident Command System ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident National Incident Management System National Response Framework, An Introduction

Law Enforcement Class o Class Provided by TEEX (Coordinate with Supervisor/FTO for registration) ▪ TEEX Basic Criminal Investigations (Upon availability)

HCFMO 1033 Task Book o Demonstrated proficiency utilizing the HCFMO 1033 Task Book, supplemented by JPRs.

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MODULE 2 REQUIRED TRAINING Training

Completion Certificate Date Received

FTO Signature

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3807 TCIC / NCIC JIMS Training CAD Training RMS Training CJIS Security Awareness

IS-00100 IS-00200 IS-00700 IS-00800

Basic Criminal Investigations

FMO NFPA 1033 Task Book

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MODULE 3 – SCENE PERFORMANCE Location: On-Scene Personnel Required: Supervisor or FTO / Probationary Investigator Supporting Documents: NFPA 921 & 1033 / Evidence & Property Manual This module of the FTP will allow the Probationary Investigator to take the lead role on the fire scene and insure that all evidence is collected and the scene is Scientific Method properly documented in accordance with the policies of the Recognize the Need Harris County FMO and within the guidelines set forth in (Identify the Problem) NFPA 921. A thorough investigation shall start with a detailed scene examination and a correct determination of the origin and cause of the fire. The management of the case starts at the scene through proper documentation and evidence collection. Performance Required:

Define the Problem

Collect Data

Analyze Data

Document the request for response

Respond to the scene

Meet with Incident Commander

Size-up the scene

Determine safety hazards

Develop a Hypothesis (Inductive Reasoning)

Test the Hypothesis

Define the objective

Consider consent to enter the scene

Secure scene as necessary

Conduct proper origin and cause examination of the scene.

Document the scene (photographs, diagram, video, aerial photos, scene description, structure description).

Collect evidence (proper containers, proper documentation, per HCFMO Policies and Procedures) (Fire Investigator will assist Full-Time Arson Investigators)

Accomplish Objectives

Determine a Course of Action

(Deductive Reasoning)

Select Final Hypothesis

To complete this module the Probationary Arson Investigator must demonstrate the ability to take lead on (5) five fire scenes. The Probationary Arson Investigator shall collect evidence in accordance with the guidelines of NFPA 921 and HCFMO Policy on at least (3) three scenes. Probationary Fire Investigators shall only take lead on “Accidental Fires.”

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MODULE 3 SCENE PERFORMANCE Scene Performance Case Number

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FTO Signature

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(R) Remedial Case Lead Training

Evidence Collection Case Number

Date

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FTO Signature

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MODULE 4 – REPORT WRITING Location: On-Scene, Office, Classroom Personnel Required: Supervisor or FTO / Probationary Investigator Supporting Documents: Investigation Case Templates / NFPA 921 & 1033 An essential part of scene documentation is the written report. A thorough written report is more likely to result in a positive disposition in the court room. HCFMO fire investigation reports shall be comprehensive and must document all aspects of the fire investigation. The following template shall be used when writing fire investigation reports. • • • • • • • • • • •

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Assignment (How the call was received, who requested, where you responded) Scene Summary (Describe the scene as you see it upon arrival.) Structure description (structure/vehicle description, construction type, location, utility location and environment.) Scene safety and Air Monitoring ( is the scene safe to enter, on scene safety officer, what was done to make scene safe) Fire protection Systems (fire alarms/suppression systems, did they operate or fail, reasons) Electrical Distribution Systems (identify the electrical systems locations and conditions. Fire Damage (describe the fire damage as you observe, including burn patterns, condition o contents and condition of structure/vehicle) Area of Origin (document how you determined the area of origin and where it is for the fire) Cause of Fire (what caused the fire, how is was determined as well as rule out any other causes) Exposures (describe any other structures/vehicles damaged as a result of the original fire and describe the damage) Evidence (What was taken, where it was taken from and how collected. Document photographs taken, what camera was used and how they were stored. Where and how photos were downloaded for submission to the photo management system.) Witness (document all witnesses and what statement was given) Insurance and Mortgage/Lien (document the mortgage company, account number and contact information. Document the insurance company(s), policy number and contact information) Injuries / Fatalities (Document any injuries, how treated and where transported. Document any fatalities, medical examiner’s office response, time found, time released from scene) Special Problems / Follow Up (Any problems or circumstances during the scene examination. Any follow up done immediately after or during the scene performance) Summary / Conclusion (Summarize your scene examination, area of origin and cause of the fire)

The probationary investigator will be required to write an original fire scene report for (5) five fire scenes. The FTO shall sign off on the signature page of this module after the report has been supervisor approved.

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Structure Fire Guide Template ASSIGNMENT: • Date and time call received • How was call received? • Who made the investigation request? • Command, name, rank • Time investigator arrived on scene • Met by? SCENE DESCRIPTION: • Unincorporated Harris County • Type of roadway and direction of travel • Daytime or nighttime conditions • Weather • Any unusual conditions STRUCTURE DESCRIPTION: • One or two story • Single family or multiple family, apartments • Slab, pier beam foundation, etc. • Roof covering • Direction facing • Exterior dimensions • Wall covering (brick veneer, vinyl, hardy plank, etc.) • Floor concrete, wood, etc. • Floor covering • Number of rooms • Note position of light switches and appliance controls • Personal items missing • Occupancy (business, residence, etc. • Vacant or occupied SCENE SAFETY / AIR MONITORING: • Air monitoring was conducted using a ToxiRAE 3 CO 500 detector • Was the scene safe to enter on arrival or was there a need to make it safe? • Was a safety officer notified?

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FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS: • Describe the type and brand of system. • Battery or Power operated smoke/heat detectors – residential • Commercial smoke detectors powered from fire alarm panel. • Identify any tags of compliance or faults such as annual inspections • Evaluate whether each system and/or component had a role in the evolution of the fire. • How many sprinkler heads did or did not activate ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS: • Identify locations of breaker panels and electrical meters • Identify tripped breakers • How does power enter the property, above or below ground FIRE DAMAGE: • Describe the fire damage ORIGIN AND CAUSE OF FIRE: • Point of origin or multiple points of origin or area if liquid accelerant used • Describe burn damage outside and inside of structure • What was the reason for amount of burn damage or lack of damage? • Give detailed information on the cause of the fire. (Accidental or incendiary) • If an undetermined fire give detail why fire is not called at this time • List possible causes if known • List causes that were ruled out INJURIES OR FATALITIES: • Burn victims (s) or fatality(s) • Extent of injuries • Location of victim or fatality • Who transported and where • If no interview then identify victims as soon as possible SCENE DOCUMENTATION: • Photos: who took photos of scene? o Canon Rebel digital camera o Who took video (all fatal fires) o Photos were downloaded to the FORAY photo management system at the Fire Marshal’s Office • Sketches: (required for all fatal fires) o Who completed any sketches?

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EVIDENCE: • Property retrieved and tagged by? • What was collected? • Who submitted property into the property room? • Why was property submitted? Lab processing Analysis? Latent Prints? INTERVIEW WITH OFFICER IN CHARGE OF FIRE SCENE: • What was observed upon arrival / size up • Location of fire • Fire spread • Any delay in response or getting water • Initial hose streams • Ventilation • Any unusual circumstances INTERVIEW WITH OCCUPANTS OR WITNESSES: • Identify all occupants, witnesses and contact information • Anyone present at the time of the fire • Note comments and or take formal statement • Record statement with pocket recorder and add to report • Note any unusual behavior (intoxicated, handicapped, etc) INTERVIEW WITH OWNER: • Identify the owner • Renter information • Problems with renter or anyone • Electrical or mechanical problems • Any recent repairs or remodel INTERVIEW WITH SUSPECT(S): • Identify suspect • Record interview and add to report INSURANCE INFORMATION: • Name of insurance carrier • Policy number • Claim number SUMMARY: • Short recap of this report • Any charges or arrest? • Additional follow up needed

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Vehicle Fire Guide Template ASSIGNMENT:

SCENE DESCRIPTION:

VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: •

Exterior:

Interior:

ORIGIN AND CAUSE OF FIRE:

EVIDENCE:

PHOTOGRAPHS/VIDEO:

INTRVIEWS:

INSURANCE INFORMATION:

SUMMARY:

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MODULE 4 REPORT WRITING Case Number

Date

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FTO Signature

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2. _____________

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4. _____________

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5. _____________

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7.

(R)________________

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MODULE 5 – CASE FOLLOW-UP Location: On-Scene, Office Personnel Required: Supervisor or FTO / Probationary Arson Investigator ONLY Supporting Documents: None In this module the probationary investigator will be required to participate in all aspects of a criminal investigation and document follow up on (5) five cases. During the follow up process the probationary investigator will be required to participate in at least (2) two interviews/interrogations. Follow up for any case begins after the scene examination is concluded. If the fire is accidental; follow up may be as little as contacting the insurance company and sharing information about what was observed on the scene during your scene examination. Follow up on a criminal case is generally more extensive. The goal of a follow up investigation is to investigate all leads and file charges on persons responsible for the crime. To conduct a follow up investigation, investigators will be required to do the following tasks… • •

• • • •

Conduct recorded interviews of witnesses Subpoena or court order information from… ▪ Cellular phone companies ▪ Mortgage Companies ▪ Insurance Companies ▪ Lien Holders ▪ Utility Companies ▪ Etc. Conduct background searches ▪ Owner(s) ▪ Witnesses ▪ Suspects Develop Target(s) Draft and service search warrant if needed Interview / Interrogate possible suspects Develop circumstantial case if needed

Fire Investigator (non-peace officer) candidates can only conduct interviews under the authority of a peace officer to ensure the safety of the probationary investigator.

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MODULE 5 CASE FOLLOW-UP Investigative Follow-Up Case Number

Date

Pass/Fail

FTO Signature

1.

________________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

2.

________________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

3.

________________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

4.

(R)_____________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

5.

(R)_____________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

(R) Remedial Case Lead Training

Interview Case Number

Date

Pass/Fail

FTO Signature

1.

________________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

2.

________________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

3.

(R)_____________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

4.

(R)_____________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

(R) Remedial Case Lead Training

Notes:_____________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________

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MODULE 6 – FILING CHARGES/WARRANTS Location: On-Scene, Office Personnel Required: Supervisor or FTO / Probationary Arson Investigator ONLY Supporting Documents: Search Warrants Policy / Arrest Policy / Juvenile Procedures HCFMO is required to conduct search warrants and arrest warrants as needed. HCFMO Employees with the classification as Fire Investigator are not permitted to file charges and/or serve warrants. Probationary Investigators with this classification will be made aware of the processes through classroom orientation but will be absolved from completion of this training module. During this module the probationary investigator will be required to participate in the filing of at least (3) three warrants (search / arrest). Also it would be preferred if the probationary investigator would be involved in at least one warrant service, not required. “To be” warrants can be filed at the District Attorney’s Office. Warrants can also be walked through to a judge for immediate service. To file a warrant in Harris County the following must be done… • • • •

Develop probable cause Present case to Harris County District Attorney’s Office Intake (DA must accept charges) File DIMS/JOTS transaction and Probable Cause Service arrest warrant as needed

Search warrants could be necessary to complete your probable cause for an arrest warrant and can lead to additional evidence in the case or other crimes. Search warrants must be completed carefully so that no laws are violated during the servicing and subsequent evidence retrieval. To file a search warrant the following is required… • Develop probable cause • Photographs must be taken of the property to search • Description must be obtained of the property to be searched • Knowledge of what needs to be searched for • Type up search warrant or respond to the DA’s Office for assistance from an ADA • Go before a District Court Judge for signature • Service search warrant within three(3) days of judges signature • Return the search warrant and get a certified copy at District Clerks Office

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MODULE 6 FILING CHARGES/WARRANTS Charges Filed Case Number

Date

Pass/Fail

FTO Signature

1.

________________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

2.

________________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

3.

________________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

4.

(R)_____________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

5.

(R)_____________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

(R) Remedial Case Lead Training

Warrant Service

1.

Case Number

Date

________________________

___________

Pass/Fail _____________

FTO Signature _____________________________

Notes: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

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MODULE 7 – CASE MANAGEMENT & PRESENTATION Location: Office Personnel Required: Supervisor or FTO / Probationary Investigator Supporting Documents: Investigation Case Templates During this module of the training program the probationary investigator will be required to show a clear knowledge of proper case organization and summary once the case is complete. The probationary investigator will be required to review at least (3) three previously approved case files. The probationary investigator will have to participate in the development of at least one case file (electronic) for the DA‘s Office.

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MODULE 7 CASE MANAGEMENT & PRESENTATION Original Case Files Case Number

Date

Pass/Fail

FTO Signature

1.

________________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

2.

________________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

3.

________________________

___________

_____________

_____________________________

DA’s Case File

1.

Case Number

Date

________________________

___________

Pass/Fail _____________

FTO Signature _____________________________

Notes: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

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DAILY FTP ASSESSMENT The Daily FTP Assessment is to be completed after every shift by the FTO. A copy is to be placed in the back of the Probationary Investigator’s FTM and a copy saved in the Probationary Investigator’s file. Probationary Investigator______________________________________________________ FTO__________________________________________________ DATE_______________ RATING INSTRUCTIONS: Rate observed behavior on the scale below with 7 being best possible performance and 1 being could not perform at all. You must comment on the most and least acceptable performance of the day. Use category numbers to reference your narrative comments. Check the "N/A" box if a category is not observed. PERFORMANCE TASKS

N/A

1. Readiness to Respond to Calls...................

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

2. Field Performance: Stress Conditions.........

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

3. Self-Initiated Field Activity/Observation Skills.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

4. Officer Safety..................................................

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

5. Control of Conflict: Verbal Skills....................

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

6. Control of Conflict: Physical Skills...................

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

7. Radio: Comprehension/Usage........................

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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8. Routine Forms: Accuracy/Completeness.........

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

9. Report Writing: Organization and Detail..........

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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10. Report Writing: Appropriate Time Used.........

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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13. Field Performance: Non-Stress......................

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

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14. Investigative Skills.........................................

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

15. Interview Skills........................

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

16. Problem/Solving/Decision Making..................

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

17. Departmental Policy/Procedures....................

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

18. Penal Code, Criminal Procedures, County Ord.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

19. Acceptance of Feedback/Following Instructions...

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

21. Attitude Toward Investigation Work...................

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

22. Relationship with Public in General....................

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

23. Relationship with Ethnic Groups........................

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

24. Relationship with Others.................................

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

____

KNOWLEDGE

ATTITUDE

APPEARANCE 25. General Appearance.......................................

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NARRATIVE COMMENTS Most Acceptable Performance_____________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ____________ Improvement Needed___________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ __________________ Additional Comments ___________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________ FTO:

__________________________________ _____________________ (Signature)

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FTO CRITIQUE Field Training Officer Critique Week of: ___________ thru ____________

Date Submitted: _________________

Trainee: ____________________________

Trainer (FTO):____________________

This critique SHALL be completed by the trainee for each FTO assignment. All questions SHALL be answered objectively. All problems or concerns identified by the trainee must be accompanied by specific explanations in the space provided.

1. Did the FTO answer all your questions, and explain the answers effectively

YES

NO

_________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 2. Did the FTO afford you adequate opportunity to demonstrate your capabilities?

YES

NO

______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ 3. Did the FTO afford you adequate opportunity to demonstrate computer knowledge?

YES

NO

__________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 4. Do you feel that the FTO provided you with a positive training environment?

YES

NO

__________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ 5. Do you feel that the FTO treated you with professionalism, courtesy, and respect?

YES

NO

_________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________ 6. Are you experiencing any problems in the field-training program, or with any FTO?

YES

NO

_________________________________________________________________________________

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Additional Comments/Concerns: __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________

I certify that the answer given by me are true and correct to the best of my knowledge. ____________ Date

_______________________________ Trainee

I certify that I have reviewed this critique. ____________ Date

_______________________________ Field Training Coordinator

This form to be completed and signed, then forwarded to the Field Training Coordinator. Failure to complete this form may delay your field training program completion.

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FTO PROGRAM EVALUATION The FTO Evaluation form is to be completed by the Probationary Investigator upon completion of the FTP or upon release from HCFMO prior to completion of the FTM EVALUATION FORM

Probationary Investigator:_______________________________________ Date:___________________

1. Is there anything in the FTO Program that you were not taught that you feel you should have been? ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

2. Do you have any suggestions for improvement in the FTO Program? ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

3. During the FTO Program do you feel that the FTO assigned to you did an adequate job in training you? If not explain. ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________

4. Were you ever placed in an element with someone other than the FTO? If so, which shift, explain. ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

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5. How do you rate your FTO: 1 being poor and 5 excellent? 1

2

3

4

5

6. Do you feel that after completing the FTO Program, you can competently perform the duties of a Harris County Fire Marshal Investigator? If “no” explain: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________

7. How do you feel about your chosen career as an Investigator with HCFMO? ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________

Additional Comments: ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

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This module of the FTP will allow the Probationary Investigator to take the lead role on the fire scene and insure that all evidence is collected and the scene is properly Additional Notes: _______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________

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APPENDIX A POSITION TASK BOOK

NFPA® 1033 (2014) Standard for Professional Qualifications for

Fire Investigator Task Book ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name

HCFMO Unit #

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Agency Name

Date Initiated Final Evaluator’s Verification To be completed ONLY when you are recommending the trainee for certification.

I verify that (trainee name) ________________________________________ has successfully performed as a trainee by demonstrating all tasks for the position listed above and should be considered for certification in this position. All tasks are documented with appropriate initials.

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Signature of Final Evaluator

Printed Name of Final Evaluator

Date Completed

Agency Certification To be completed ONLY when you are recommending the trainee for agency credentialing.

I have verified that (trainee name) ________________________________________ has met all performance requirements for the position listed above and is eligible for credentialing by this agency in this position. All tasks are documented with appropriate initials.

___________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Signature of Chief Investigator Printed Name of Chief Investigator Date Completed

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POSITION TASK BOOK QUALIFICATION RECORD FOR THE CERTIFICATION LEVEL OF

HCFMO Fire Investigator: 1033-2014 HCFMO Position Task Books (PTBs) have been developed for designated agency positions and Job Performance Requirements (JPR). Each JPR lists the competencies, required knowledge, and required skills for successful performance in specific positions. Trainees must be observed completing all tasks and show knowledge and competency in their performance during the completion of this PTB. Prior to becoming agency-credentialed in this position, the candidate must successfully complete the following. Trainees are evaluated during this process by qualified evaluators, and the trainee’s performance is documented in the PTB for each task by the evaluator’s initials and date of completion. An Evaluation Record will be completed by all evaluators documenting the trainee’s progress after each evaluation opportunity. Each evaluation record will become part of the PTB and is required for recommendation for agency credentialing. Successful performance of all tasks, as observed and recorded by an evaluator, will result in a recommendation to the agency that the trainee be certified in that position. Evaluation and confirmation of the trainee’s performance while completing all tasks may occur on one or more training assignments and may involve more than one evaluator during any opportunity.

INCIDENT/EVENT CODING Each task has a code associated with the type of training assignment where the task may be completed. The codes are: O = other, I = incident, and R = rare event. The codes are defined as: O

Task can be completed in any situation (classroom, simulation, daily job, incident, planned event, etc.).

I

Task must be performed on an incident managed under the HCFMO Incident Command System (ICS). Examples include fire and life safety inspection; vehicle, structure, or outdoor fire; EOC deployment; hazardous material emergency, planned event; or similar occurrence.

R

Rare events such as accidents, injuries, vehicle or aircraft crashes occur infrequently and opportunities to evaluate performance in a real setting are limited. The evaluator should determine, through interview, if the trainee would be able to perform the task in a real situation.

While tasks can be performed in any situation, they must be evaluated on the specific type of incident/event for which they are coded. Performance of any task on other than the designated assignment is not valid for qualification. Tasks within the PTB are numbered sequentially; however, the numbering does NOT indicate the order in which the tasks need to be performed or evaluated. The bullets under each numbered task are examples or indicators of items or actions related to the task. The purpose of the bullets is to assist the evaluator in evaluating the trainee; the bullets are not all-inclusive. Evaluate and initial ONLY the numbered tasks. DO NOT evaluate and initial each individual bullet.

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE POSITION TASK BOOK EVALUATION RECORD Evaluation Record # Each evaluator will need to complete an evaluation record. Each evaluation record should be numbered sequentially. Place this number at the top of the evaluation record page and also use it in the column labeled “Evaluation Record #” for each numbered task the trainee has satisfactorily performed. Trainee Information Print the trainee’s name, position on the incident/event, home unit/agency, and the home unit/agency address and phone number. Evaluator Information Print the Evaluator’s name, position on the incident/event, home unit/agency, and the home unit/agency address and phone number. Incident/Event Information Incident/Event Name: Print the incident/event name. Reference: Enter the incident code and/or fire code. Duration: Enter inclusive dates during which the trainee was evaluated. Incident Kind: Enter the kind of incident (wildfire, prescribed fire, search and rescue, flood, hurricane, etc.). Location: Enter the address, Key Map, city, and state. ICS Complexity Level: Circle the ICS organization level (Type 5, Type 4, Type 3, Type 2, Type 1, Area Command).

Evaluator’s Recommendation For 1 – 4, initial only one line as appropriate; this will allow for comparison with your initials in the Qualifications Record. Record additional remarks/recommendations on an Individual Performance Evaluation, or by attaching an additional sheet to the evaluation record. Evaluator’s Signature Sign here to authenticate your recommendations. Date Document the date the Evaluation Record is being completed. Evaluator’s Relevant Qualification (or agency certification) List your qualification or certification relevant to the trainee position you supervised. Note: Evaluators must be either qualified in the position being evaluated or supervise the trainee; Final Evaluators must be qualified in the trainee position they are evaluating.

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Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office Investigations Task Book NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator 2014 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration 1.1* Scope. This standard identifies the minimum job performance requirements (JPRs) for fire investigators. 1.2* Purpose. The purpose of this standard shall be to specify the minimum job performance requirements for serving as a fire investigator in both the private and public sectors. 1.2.1 It is not the intent of this standard to restrict any jurisdiction from exceeding the minimum requirements. 1.2.2 Job performance requirements for each duty are the tasks an individual must be able to perform in order to successfully carry out that duty; however, they are not intended to measure a level of knowledge. Together, the duties and job performance requirements define the parameters of the job of fire investigator. 1.3 General. 1.3.1 The fire investigator shall be at least age 18. 1.3.2 The fire investigator shall have a high school diploma or equivalent. 1.3.3 The authority having jurisdiction shall conduct a thorough background and character investigation prior to accepting an individual as a candidate for certification as a fire investigator. 1.3.4 The job performance requirements for fire investigator shall be completed in accordance with established practices and procedures or as they are defined by law or by the authority having jurisdiction. 1.3.5* The job performance requirements found in this standard are not required to be mastered in the order they appear. Training agencies or authorities shall establish instructional priority and the training program content to prepare individuals to meet the job performance requirements of this standard. 1.3.6* Evaluation of job performance requirements shall be by individuals who are qualified and approved by the authority having jurisdiction. 1.3.7* The investigator shall have and maintain at a minimum an up-to-date basic knowledge of the following topics beyond the high school level: (1) Fire science

(10) Fire investigation methodology

(2) Fire chemistry

(11) Fire investigation technology

(3) Thermodynamics

(12) Hazardous materials

(4) Thermometry

(13) Failure analysis and analytical tools

(5) Fire dynamics

(14) Fire protection systems

(6) Explosion dynamics

(15) Evidence documentation, collection, and preservation

(7) Computer fire modeling (8) Fire investigation

(16) Electricity and electrical systems

(9) Fire analysis 1.3.8* The fire investigator shall remain current in the topics listed in 1.3.7 by attending formal education courses, workshops, and seminars and/or through professional publications and journals.

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Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office Investigations Task Book NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator 2014 Edition

Chapter 2 Referenced Publications 2.1 General. The documents or portions thereof listed in this chapter are referenced within this standard and shall be considered part of the requirements of this document. 2.2 NFPA Publications. (Reserved) 2.3 Other Publications. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, Merriam-Webster, Inc., Springfield, MA, 2003. 2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections. (Reserved)

Chapter 3 Definitions 3.1 General. The definitions contained in this chapter shall apply to the terms used in this standard. Where terms are not defined in this chapter or within another chapter, they shall be defined using their ordinarily accepted meanings within the context in which they are used. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th edition, shall be the source for the ordinarily accepted meaning.

3.2 NFPA Official Definitions. 3.2.1* Approved. Acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction. 3.2.2* Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). An organization, office, or individual responsible for enforcing the requirements of a code or standard, or for approving equipment, materials, an installation, or a procedure. 3.2.3 Labeled. Equipment or materials to which has been attached a label, symbol, or other identifying mark of an organization that is acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction and concerned with product evaluation, that maintains periodic inspection of production of labeled equipment or materials, and by whose labeling the manufacturer indicates compliance with appropriate standards or performance in a specified manner. 3.2.4* Listed. Equipment, materials, or services included in a list published by an organization that is acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction and concerned with evaluation of products or services, that maintains periodic inspection of production of listed equipment or materials or periodic evaluation of services, and whose listing states that either the equipment, material, or service meets appropriate designated standards or has been tested and found suitable for a specified purpose. 3.2.5 Shall. Indicates a mandatory requirement. 3.2.6 Should. Indicates a recommendation or that which is advised but not required. 3.2.7 Standard. A document, the main text of which contains only mandatory provisions using the word “shall” to indicate requirements and which is in a form generally suitable for mandatory reference by another standard or code or for adoption into law. Non-mandatory provisions are not to be considered a part of the requirements of a standard and shall be located in an appendix, annex, footnote, informational note, or other means as permitted in the Manual of Style for NFPA Technical Committee Documents.

3.3 General Definitions. 3.3.1 Due Process. The compliance with the criminal and civil laws and procedures within the jurisdiction where the incident occurred.

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Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office Investigations Task Book NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator 2014 Edition

3.3.2 Fire Analysis. The process of determining the origin, cause, development, responsibility, and, when required, failure analysis of a fire or explosion. 3.3.3 Fire Department. An organization providing rescue, fire suppression, and related activities. For the purposes of this standard, the term “fire department” includes any public, private, or military organization engaging in this type of activity. 3.3.4 Fire Dynamics. The detailed study of how chemistry, fire science, and the engineering disciplines of fluid mechanics and heat transfer interact to influence fire behavior. 3.3.5 Fire Investigation. The process of determining the origin, cause, and development of a fire or explosion. 3.3.6 Fire Investigation Technology. Applied technology subjects related to and used in fire investigation including, but not limited to, specialized knowledge and skills in documentation of the investigation, scene and evidence processing, and failure analysis and analytical tools. 3.3.7 Fire Investigator. An individual who has demonstrated the skills and knowledge necessary to conduct, coordinate, and complete a fire investigation. 3.3.8 Fire Science. The body of knowledge concerning the study of fire and related subjects (such as combustion, flame, products of combustion, heat release, heat transfer, fire and explosion chemistry, fire and explosion dynamics, thermodynamics, kinetics, fluid mechanics, fire safety) and their interaction with people, structures, and the environment. 3.3.9 Job Performance Requirement. A statement that describes a specific job task, lists the items necessary to complete the task, and defines measurable or observable outcomes and evaluation areas for the specific task. 3.3.10 Requisite Knowledge. Fundamental knowledge one must have in order to perform a specific task. 3.3.11 Requisite Skills. The essential skills one must have in order to perform a specific task. 3.3.12 Task. A specific job behavior or activity. 3.3.13 Tools. 3.3.13.1* Investigator’s Special Tools. Tools of a specialized or unique nature that might not be required for every fire investigation. 3.3.13.2* Standard Equipment and Tools. Investigator’s tools and equipment that every investigator must carry.

Investigator Trainee has reviewed Chapter 1, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3 (above). Investigator Trainee Signature: _____________________________

FTO Signature: _________________________________

Date Completed: ________________________________________

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TASK 4.1 General. 4.1.1 The fire investigator shall meet the job performance requirements defined in Sections 4.2 through 4.7.

Code

EVAL. RECORD #

EVALUATOR Initial & date when task is complete

O, I

4.1.2 The fire investigator shall employ all elements of the scientific method as the operating analytical process throughout the investigation and for the drawing of conclusions.

O

4.1.3 Because fire investigators are required to perform activities in adverse conditions, site safety assessments shall be completed on all scenes and regional and national safety standards shall be followed and included in organizational policies and procedures.

I

4.1.4 The fire investigator shall maintain necessary liaison with other interested professionals and entities.

O

4.1.5 The fire investigator shall adhere to all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

O

4.1.6 The fire investigator shall understand the organization and operation of the investigative team within an incident management system.

O

4.2 Scene Examination. Duties shall include inspecting and evaluating the fire scene, or evidence of the scene, and/or conducting a comprehensive review of documentation generated during the examination(s) of the scene if the scene is no longer available, so as to determine the area or point of origin, source of ignition, material(s) ignited, and act or activity that brought the ignition source and materials together and to assess the subsequent progression, extinguishment, and containment of the fire. 4.2.1 Secure the fire ground, given marking devices, sufficient personnel, and special tools and equipment, so that unauthorized persons can recognize the perimeters of the investigative scene and are kept from restricted areas and all evidence or potential evidence is protected from damage or destruction. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Fire ground hazards, types of evidence, and the importance of fire scene security, evidence preservation, and issues relating to spoliation.

I

(B) Requisite Skills. Use of marking devices. 4.2.2 Conduct an exterior survey, given standard equipment and tools, so that evidence is identified and preserved, fire damage is interpreted, hazards are identified to avoid injuries, accessibility to the property is determined, and all potential means of ingress and egress are discovered. (A) Requisite Knowledge. The types of building construction and the effects of fire on construction materials, types of evidence commonly found in the perimeter, evidence preservation methods, the effects of fire suppression, fire behavior and spread, fire patterns, and a basic awareness of the dangers of hazardous materials. (B) Requisite Skills. Assess fire ground and structural condition, observe the damage from and effects of the fire, and interpret fire patterns.

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TASK

Code

4.2.3 Conduct an interior survey, given standard equipment and tools, so that areas of potential evidentiary value requiring further examination are identified and preserved, the evidentiary value of contents is determined, and hazards are identified in order to avoid injuries. (A) Requisite Knowledge. The types of building construction and interior finish and the effects of fire on those materials, the effects of fire suppression, fire behavior and spread, evidence preservation methods, fire patterns, effects of building contents on fire growth, the relationship of building contents to the overall investigation, weather conditions at the time of the fire, and fuel moisture. (B) Requisite Skills. Assess structural conditions, observe the damage and effects of the fire, discover the impact of fire suppression efforts on fire flow and heat propagation, and evaluate protected areas to determine the presence and/or absence of contents.

I

4.2.4 Interpret fire patterns, given standard equipment and tools and some structural or content remains, so that each individual pattern is evaluated with respect to the burning characteristics of the material involved and in context and relationship with all patterns observed and the mechanisms of heat transfer that led to the formation of the pattern. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Fire dynamics, fire development, and the interrelationship of heat release rate, form, and ignitibility of materials. (B) Requisite Skills. Interpret the effects of burning characteristics on different types of materials.

O

4.2.5 Interpret and analyze fire patterns, given standard equipment and tools and some structural or content remains, so that fire development is determined, methods and effects of suppression are evaluated, false origin area patterns are recognized, and all areas of origin are correctly identified. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Fire behavior and spread based on fire chemistry, fire dynamics, and physics, fire suppression effects, building construction. (B) Requisite Skills. Interpret variations of fire patterns on different materials with consideration given to heat release rate, form, and ignitibility; distinguish impact of different types of fuel loads; evaluate fuel trails; and analyze and synthesize information.

O

4.2.6 Examine and remove fire debris, given standard equipment and tools, so that all debris is checked for fire cause evidence, potential ignition source(s) is identified, and evidence is preserved without investigator-inflicted damage or contamination. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Basic understanding of ignition processes, characteristics of ignition sources, and ease of ignition of fuels; debris-layering techniques; use of tools and equipment during the debris search; types of fire cause evidence commonly found in various degrees of damage; and evidencegathering methods and documentation. (B) Requisite Skills. Employ search techniques that further the discovery of fire cause evidence and ignition sources, use search techniques that incorporate documentation, and collect and preserve evidence.

I

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4.2.7 Reconstruct the area of origin, given standard and, if needed, special equipment and tools as well as sufficient personnel, so that all protected areas and fire patterns are identified and correlated to contents or structural remains, items potentially critical to cause determination and photo documentation are returned to their prefire location, and the area(s) or point(s) of origin is discovered. (A) Requisite Knowledge. The effects of fire on different types of material and the importance and uses of reconstruction. (B) Requisite Skills. Examine all materials to determine the effects of fire, identify and distinguish among different types of fire-damaged contents, and return materials to their original position using protected areas and fire patterns.

0

4.2.8 Inspect the performance of building systems, including detection, suppression, HVAC, utilities, and building compartmentation, given standard and special equipment and tools, so that a determination can be made as to the need for expert resources, an operating system’s impact on fire growth and spread is considered in identifying origin areas, defeated and/or failed systems are identified, and the system's potential as a fire cause is recognized. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Different types of detection, suppression, HVAC, utility, and building compartmentation such as fire walls and fire doors; types of expert resources for building systems; the impact of fire on various systems; common methods used to defeat a system’s functional capability; and types of failures. (B) Requisite Skills. Determine the system's operation and its effect on the fire; identify alterations to, and failure indicators of, building systems; and evaluate the impact of suppression efforts on building systems.

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4.2.9 Discriminate the effects of explosions from other types of damage, given standard equipment and tools, so that an explosion is identified and its evidence is preserved. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Different types of explosions and their causes, characteristics of an explosion, and the difference between low- and high-order explosions. (B) Requisite Skills. Identify explosive effects on glass, walls, foundations, and other building materials; distinguish between low- and high-order explosion effects; and analyze damage to document the blast zone and origin.

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4.3 Documenting the Scene. Duties shall include diagramming the scene, photographing, and taking field notes to be used to compile a final report. 4.3.1 Diagram the scene, given standard tools and equipment, so that the scene is accurately represented and evidence, pertinent contents, significant patterns, and area(s) or point(s) of origin are identified. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Commonly used symbols and legends that clarify the diagram, types of evidence and patterns that need to be documented, and formats for diagramming the scene. (B) Requisite Skills. Ability to sketch the scene, basic drafting skills, and evidence recognition and observational skills.

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4.3.2 Photographically document the scene, given standard tools and equipment, so that the scene is accurately depicted and the photographs support scene findings. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Working knowledge of high-resolution camera and flash, the types of film, media, and flash available, and the strengths and limitations of each. (B) Requisite Skills. Ability to use a high-resolution camera, flash, and accessories.

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4.3.3 Construct investigative notes, given a fire scene, available documents (e.g., prefire plans and inspection reports), and interview information, so that the notes are accurate, provide further documentation of the scene, and represent complete documentation of the scene findings. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Relationship between notes, diagrams, and photos, 0 how to reduce scene information into concise notes, and the use of notes during report writing and legal proceedings. (B) Requisite Skills. Data-reduction skills, note-taking skills, and observational and correlating skills. 4.4 Evidence Collection/Preservation. Duties shall include using proper physical and legal procedures to identify, document, collect, and preserve evidence required within the investigation. 4.4.1 Utilize proper procedures for managing victims and fatalities, given a protocol and appropriate personnel, so that all evidence is discovered and preserved and the protocol procedures are followed. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Types of evidence associated with fire victims and 0 fatalities and evidence preservation methods. (B) Requisite Skills. Observational skills and the ability to apply protocols to given situations. 4.4.2 Locate, document, collect, label, package, and store evidence, given standard or special tools and equipment and evidence collection materials, so that it is properly identified, preserved, collected, packaged, and stored for use in testing, legal, or other proceedings and examinations, ensuring crosscontamination and investigator-inflicted damage to evidentiary items is avoided and the chain of custody is established. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Types of evidence, authority requirements, impact of removing evidentiary items on civil or criminal proceedings (exclusionary or fire-cause supportive evidence), types, capabilities, and limitations of standard and special tools used to locate evidence, types of laboratory tests available, packaging techniques and materials, and impact of evidence collection on the investigation. (B) Requisite Skills. Ability to recognize different types of evidence and determine whether evidence is critical to the investigation.

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4.4.3 Select evidence for analysis given all information from the investigation, so that items for analysis support specific investigation needs. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Purposes for submitting items for analysis, types of analytical services available, and capabilities and limitations of the services performing the analysis. (B) Requisite Skills. Evaluate the fire incident to determine forensic, engineering, or laboratory needs.

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4.4.4 Maintain a chain of custody, given standard investigative tools, marking tools, and evidence tags or logs, so that written documentation exists for each piece of evidence and evidence is secured. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Rules of custody and transfer procedures, types of evidence (e.g., physical evidence obtained at the scene, photos, and documents), and methods of recording the chain of custody. (B) Requisite Skills. Ability to execute the chain of custody procedures and accurately complete necessary documents.

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4.4.5 Dispose of evidence, given jurisdictional or agency regulations and file information, so that the disposal is timely, safely conducted, and in compliance with jurisdictional or agency requirements. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Disposal services available and common disposal procedures and problems. (B) Requisite Skills. Documentation skills.

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4.5 Interview. Duties shall include obtaining information regarding the overall fire investigation from others through verbal communication. 4.5.1 Develop an interview plan, given no special tools or equipment, so that the plan reflects a strategy to further determine the fire cause and affix responsibility and includes a relevant questioning strategy for each individual to be interviewed that promotes the efficient use of the investigator’s time. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Persons who can provide information that furthers the fire cause determination or the affixing of responsibility, types of questions that are pertinent and efficient to ask of different information sources (first responders, neighbors, witnesses, suspects, and so forth), and pros and cons of interviews versus document gathering. (B) Requisite Skills. Planning skills, development of focused questions for specific individuals, and evaluation of existing file data to help develop questions and fill investigative gaps.

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4.5.2 Conduct interviews, given incident information, so that pertinent information is obtained, follow-up questions are asked, responses to all questions are elicited, and the response to each question is documented accurately. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Types of interviews, personal information needed for proper documentation or follow-up, documenting methods and tools, and types of nonverbal communications and their meaning. (B) Requisite Skills. Adjust interviewing strategies based on deductive reasoning, interpret verbal and nonverbal communications, apply legal requirements applicable, and exhibit strong listening skills.

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4.6 Post-Incident Investigation. Duties shall include the investigation of all factors beyond the fire scene at the time of the origin and cause determination. 4.6.1 Gather reports and records, given no special tools, equipment, or materials, so that all gathered documents are applicable to the investigation, complete, and authentic; the chain of custody is maintained; and the material is admissible in a legal proceeding. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Types of reports needed that facilitate determining responsibility for the fire (e.g., police reports, fire reports, insurance policies, financial records, deeds, private investigator reports, outside photos, and videos) and location of these reports. (B) Requisite Skills. Identify the reports and documents necessary for the investigation, implement the chain of custody, and organizational skills.

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4.6.2 Evaluate the investigative file, given all available file information, so that areas for further investigation are identified, the relationship between gathered documents and information is interpreted, and corroborative evidence and information discrepancies are discovered. (A) Requisite Knowledge. File assessment and/or evaluation methods, including accurate documentation practices, and requisite investigative elements. (B) Requisite Skills. Information assessment, correlation, and organizational skills.

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4.6.3 Coordinate expert resources, given the investigative file, reports, and documents, so that the expert’s competencies are matched to the specific investigation needs, financial expenditures are justified, and utilization clearly furthers the investigative goals of determining cause or affixing responsibility. (A) Requisite Knowledge. How to assess one’s own expertise, qualification to be called for expert testimony, types of expert resources (e.g., forensic, CPA, polygraph, financial, human behavior disorders, and engineering), and methods to identify expert resources. (B) Requisite Skills. Apply expert resources to further the investigation by networking with other investigators to identify experts, questioning experts relative to their qualifications, and developing a utilization plan for use of expert resources.

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4.6.4 Establish evidence as to motive and/or opportunity, given an incendiary fire, so that the evidence is supported by documentation and meets the evidentiary requirements of the jurisdiction. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Types of motives common to incendiary fires, methods used to discover opportunity, and human behavioral patterns relative to fire-setting. (B) Requisite Skills. Financial analysis, records gathering and analysis, interviewing, and interpreting fire scene information and evidence for relationship to motive and/or opportunity.

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4.6.5 Formulate an opinion concerning origin, cause, or responsibility for the fire, given all investigative findings, so that the opinion regarding origin, cause, or responsibility for a fire is supported by the data, facts, records, reports, documents, and evidence. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Analytical methods and procedures (e.g., hypothesis development and testing, systems analysis, time lines, link analysis, fault tree analysis, and data reduction matrixing). (B) Requisite Skills. Analytical and assimilation skills.

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4.7 Presentations. Duties shall include the presentation of findings to those individuals not involved in the actual investigations. 4.7.1 Prepare a written report, given investigative findings, documentation, and a specific audience, so that the report accurately reflects the investigative findings, is concise, expresses the investigator’s opinion, contains facts and data that the investigator relies on in rendering an opinion, contains the reasoning of the investigator by which each opinion was reached, and meets the needs or requirements of the intended audience(s). (A) Requisite Knowledge. Elements of writing, typical components of a written report, and types of audiences and their respective needs or requirements. (B) Requisite Skills. Writing skills, ability to analyze information and determine the reader’s needs or requirements.

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4.7.2 Express investigative findings verbally, given investigative findings, notes, a time allotment, and a specific audience, so that the information is accurate, the presentation is completed within the allotted time, and the presentation includes only need-to-know information for the intended audience. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Types of investigative findings, the informational needs of various types of audiences, and the impact of releasing information. (B) Requisite Skills. Communication skills and ability to determine audience needs and correlate findings.

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4.7.3 Testify during legal proceedings, given investigative findings, contents of reports, and consultation with legal counsel, so that all pertinent investigative information and evidence are presented clearly and accurately and the investigator’s demeanor and attire are appropriate to the proceedings. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Types of investigative findings, types of legal proceedings, professional demeanor requirements, and an understanding of due process and legal proceedings. (B) Requisite Skills. Communication and listening skills and ability to differentiate facts from opinion and determine accepted procedures, practices, and etiquette during legal proceedings.

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4.7.4 Conduct public informational presentations, given relevant data, so that information is accurate, is appropriate to the audience, and clearly supports the information needs of the audience. (A) Requisite Knowledge. Types of data available regarding the fire loss problem and the issues about which the community must know. (B) Requisite Skills. Ability to assemble, organize, and present information.

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Evaluation Record # ______ Trainee Information

Printed Name: ___________________________

Trainee Position on Incident/Event: ____________________

Home Unit/Agency Name, Address, Tel. No.: _______________________________________________________ Evaluator Information

Printed Name: ___________________________

Evaluator Position on Incident/Event: ____________________

Home Unit/Agency Name, Address, Tel. No.: _______________________________________________________ Incident/Event Information

Incident/Event Name: ___________________________________________________ Duration: _____________

Incident Kind: Wildfire, Prescribed Fire, All Hazard, Other (specify): ____________________________________

Location (include address, Key Map, city, and State): _________________________________________________

ICS Type (circle one ICS Type): 5

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Evaluator’s Recommendation (Initial only one line as appropriate) ______ 1) The tasks initialed and dated by me on the Qualification Record have been performed under my supervision in a satisfactory manner. The trainee has successfully performed all tasks in the PTB for the position. ______ 2) The tasks initialed and dated by me on the Qualification Record have been performed under my supervision in a satisfactory manner. However, opportunities were not available for all tasks (or all uncompleted tasks) to be performed and evaluated on this assignment. An additional assignment is needed to complete the evaluation. ______ 3) The trainee did not complete certain tasks in the PTB in a satisfactory manner and additional training, guidance, or experience is recommended. ______ 4) The individual is severely deficient in the performance of tasks in the PTB for the position and additional training, guidance, or experience is recommended prior to another training assignment. Record additional remarks/recommendations on an Individual Performance Evaluation, or by attaching an additional sheet to the evaluation record.

_____________________________________________________________________________________________ Evaluator’s Signature Printed name Date

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