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Training to become a bushfire investigator

By: Nicole Harvey

Category: Incidents - Bushfire, Operational Information

  12.08 PM 16 October, 2017


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On Sunday 15 October 2017, seven CFA members attended the VEMTC Huntly Campus to begin their training as bushfire investigators.

The Introduction to Fire Investigation course is the first stage of the training requirements to become a bushfire investigator. At this course, participants were provided training in the areas of:

  • Overview of the CFA Fire Investigation Program
  • Roles and responsibilities of a Fire Investigator
  • Fire Investigation legislation, policy and procedures
  • Agencies involved in Fire Investigation within Victoria
  • Fire Investigation preparation
  • Initial actions attending the fire scene
  • Vegetation fire causation
  • Recording and reporting the fire scene
  • Attendance at a Court of Law to present fire investigation findings

The CFA course participants will continue their training with the Bushfire Investigation course scheduled for November. At this course they will be joined by personnel from DELWP / FFMVic, MFB, Victoria Police Arson & Explosives Squad and Forensic Services.

At the Bushfire Investigation course they will receive specialised training and practical skills in determining the origin, cause and path of bushfires.

These specialised Fire Investigation training courses also provides the participants the opportunity to work towards completing specific training units associated with the Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Fire Investigation) qualification that the CFA Fire Investigation Section is delivering as part of the ongoing professional development opportunities available for Fire Investigators.

State Fire Investigation Coordinator Nicole Harvey

Last Updated: 17 October 2017