Seminar Title

2.5 Day New Fire/Arson Investigator

Dates of Events

06/24/2024 through 06/26/2024

Last Updated: 05/20/2024
Instructor(s): Steve Riggs
Location: Grand Prairie Police Department - 1525 Arkansas Lane, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express - 4112 S Carrier Pkwy, Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Course Registration Fee: $325
Instructor Bio
Steve Riggs
Steve Riggs, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI & CFII Certified
State of Oklahoma (Retired)
Steve Riggs retired after twenty-two years of Law Enforcement, and Fire Service Experience in Oklahoma. Steve has been examining fire scenes for 40 years. Steve holds a Bachelors Degree in Emergency Management, and has extensive training in Fire Cause Determination, Criminal Investigation, Arson Investigation, Evidence Processing, Interviewing Techniques, and Case Management. He is a Certified Police and Fire Instructor and a Certified Fire Investigator Instructor. Mr. Riggs has successfully been involved in many Fire/Arson Prosecutions in Oklahoma and was involved in a Federal Prosecution. To date, he has never lost an Arson Case. Steve has authored and co-authored several fire training manuals and written “A Critical Analysis of NFPA 921 User’s Manual 2nd Edition”. Steve lectures nationally to Local, State, Federal Agencies, Insurance Companies, Private, and Military Investigators, Prosecutors, Vehicle Manufacture Represent-atives and their Engineers. Steve is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Fire Investigators.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
As a new investigator today, it is imperative to be able to demonstrate you have learned the necessary knowledge to
successfully conduct the investigation. We will discuss the pertinent standards, guides, and recommended practices of the industry and your compliance with those documents along with, following the scientific method, applying a systematic approach, Understanding relevant terminology, and following the best-accepted practices of our industry. We will discuss electricity and its ability to become uncontrolled causing unintended consequences, Natural causes, vehicle fires, internet sites with sources of information for the investigator, origin and cause techniques along with proper documentation, evidence collection, spoliation of evidence issues • Interviewing a variety of pertinent owners, witnesses etc., writing and defending your expert report, the
insurance industry’s role in the fire, types of fire setters, testifying in court or depositions.
The investigator will receive a password to access a large amount of investigative information to make their job easier. The download resources are on a database so they can be updated as needed, or as changes are made to the documents of our industry.
We will have a brief overview of the new NFPA® 1321 Standard for Fire Investigation Units.

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