Canine and PID partnership for fire investigation purposes

Ion Science’s UK distributor Shawcity was recently able to support the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS) by supplying a Tiger photoionisation detection (PID) instrument to work alongside their search and rescue dog team. Based in north-west England, LFRS covers…

NFPA fire investigation standards help to identify JPRs and fire causes

In the mid-1970s, salty old fire investigators would work their way through the smoky ruins of buildings, armed only with knowledge gleaned from mentors or picked up along the way from others charged with figuring out fire puzzles. Back then…

Improving the standards and competency of fire investigators

Fire investigation can be one of the most complex forensic evidence types. The destructive forces involved create difficulties in interpreting the fire scene and the evidence recovered from it. Improving the standards of training and competency of fire investigators is…

Learning from fires

Much knowledge can be obtained through investigation of fires. Fire investigations give increased knowledge about how and why fires start, why fires developed as they did and how to prevent it happening again. SP Fire Research assists with independent investigations…

Fire accelerant analysis: tracing an incident to its source

In the aftermath of a fire, once the police have ruled out foul play, fire scene investigators are often called in by insurers to help them understand the events surrounding the incident. The information gained from these investigations is an…

Canine assets

Since the first fire investigation dog in the UK appeared in west midlands fire service in 1996 dogs have increasingly become an integral part of the modern fire investigators tool box. Just as they would reach for a screwdriver the…

Uncovering the Chemistry Behind the Forty-Year Relationship

As any firefighter will know, understanding the cause of fire is a crucial factor in identifying potential improvements in fire safety and prevention. The UK’s fire brigades are the primary responders to chemical, biological and radiation incidents across the country…

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