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Kirk's Fire Investigation, 7th Edition

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    • Up-to-Date information — meeting the FESHE guidelines for Fire Investigation
    • A comprehensive approach — for all fire investigators and fire professionals interested in honing their investigative skills from collecting evidence to writing reports
    • Overhauled appendices — with Incident Report Forms, a current list of Explosive Materials, and a unique Evidence Collection Kit
    • Fully updated — with the latest investigative techniques, new technology, specialized incidents and current scientific trends
    • Introduction, Key Terms, and End of Chapter Review Questions — throughout to reinforce learning and retention
    • Includes correlations — to information in NFPA 1033 (2009 edition), Standard for Professional Qualification for Fire Investigators  and NFPA 921 (2011 edition)
    • Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction— is a companion text available for this book.  It explores more of the engineering principles behind fire behavior and the mechanisms of production of many of the post-fire indicators that Kirk’s describes. Taken together, these books provide a sound basis for the fire expert to use when evaluating fire scenes, preparing reports, or offering testimony.
    • New MyFireKit solution — offering unique book-specific online resources for both students and instructors in a user-friendly format, including review questions, games, animations and video clips for the student and Instructor’s Manual, PowerPoint, Online Courseware and Test Banks for the instructor


Text only. This product does not include a MyFireKit Access Code Card. To purchase the text with a MyFireKit Access Code Card, please use ISBN: 0-13-283000-0


Taking the reader from the beginning stages of a fire investigation in evidence collection and evaluating a fire scene to the end stages of report writing and giving testimony, internationally recognized forensic scientist John DeHaan is joined by forensic fire engineering expert David Icove for the 7th edition of Kirk’s Fire Investigation. The model curriculum of the Fire Emergency Service Higher Education (FESHE) group serves as a basis for this important text which provides updated and expanded information on fire dynamics, ignition as well as brand new case examples. With appendices unique in content and focus including an Evidence Collection Kit and Incident Report Forms, this text serves as the keystone text in the field for both seasoned fire investigators as well as fire service professionals seeking the fundamentals and the most up-to-date information for the field of fire investigation.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction (Sample Chapter)

  2. The Elementary Chemistry of Combustion

  3. Fundamentals of Fire Behavior and Building Construction

  4. Combustion Properties of Liquid and Gaseous Fuels

  5. Combustion Properties of Solid Fuels

  6. Sources of Ignition

  7. Structure Fires and their Investigation

  8. Grass and Wildland Fires and their Investigation

  9. Automobile, Other Motor Vehicle, and Ship Fires

10. Electrical Causes of Fires

11. Clothing and Fabric Fires

12. Explosions and Explosive Combustion

13. Chemical Fires and and Hazardous Materials

14. Laboratory Services

15. Fire-Related Deaths and Injuries

16. Arson as a Crime

17. Other Investigative Topics

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