Fire Investigators are highly trained in fire origin and cause, investigative techniques, criminal law, and crime scene processing. Investigators must meet all of the statutory requirements to be certified as a law enforcement officer within the State of Florida, and upon hire, complete advanced training classes in Origin and Cause Investigations, Fire Chemistry, Building Construction, Fire-Suppression Systems, Latent Investigations, Post-Blast Investigations, Fire Investigations and Legal Issues for Fire Investigators, as well as continuing education coursework.
Candidates for the position of Fire Investigator should have an understanding of search and seizure, general investigative techniques, evidence collection and preservation and Chapters 633 and 806, Florida Statutes. Excellent resources for fire specific investigations may be found in Kirk’s Fire Investigations textbook, O’Hara’s Fundamentals of Criminal Investigations, and NFPA 921.
In order to qualify for a Bureau of Fire and Arson Investigations Detective position, you must meet the following qualifications:
An applicant will be disqualified if the candidate has:
An applicant may be waived for preferred candidates if the applicant has: