Kirk's Fire Investigation

ISBN-10: 013171922X

ISBN-13: 9780131719224

Edition: 6th 2007 (Revised)

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Written by a forensic scientist with extensive education and training experience in all phases of fire and explosion investigation, this widely used book details all essential information. Now updated and expanded, it is in closer accordance to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation, which is used at the National Fire Academy. This revision will help enhance the accuracy and reliability of your investigation. Chapter topics examine the elementary chemistry of combustion; the nature and behavior of fire; combustion properties of liquid, gaseous, and solid fuels; sources of ignition; structure fires and their investigation; grass and wildland fires and their investigation; automobile, motor vehicle, and ship fires; electrical causes of fire; clothing and fabric fires; explosions and explosive combustion; chemical fires and hazardous materials; laboratory services; fire-related deaths and injuries; arson as a crime; and other investigative topics. For public fire investigators, arson investigators, bomb/arson specialists, special investigations units, and fraud specialists.
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Book details

List price: $112.00
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/9/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 792
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.696

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Fire Problem
The Detection of Incendiary Fires
Analytical Fire Investigation
The Scientific Method
The Elementary Chemistry of Combustion
Atoms, Elements, and Compounds
The Oxidation Reaction
Carbon Compounds
Other Elements
Organic Compounds
Hydrocarbons
Petroleum Products
Carbohydrates
Pyrolysis of Organics
Conclusion
State of the Fuel
Summary
The Nature and Behavior of Fire
Basic Combustion
Flaming Fire
Structure of Flames
Smoldering Fire
Explosive Combustion
Heat
Heat and the Rate of Reaction
Heat and Temperature
Heat Release Rate
Heat Transfer and Heat Flux
Direct Flame Impingement
Flame Plume
Sequence of a Room Fire
Beginning or Incipient Stage
Free-Burning Stage
Post-flashover Stage
Decay Stage
Flow of Hot Gases
Effects of Environmental Conditions
Temperature
Humidity
Wetness of Fuel (Fuel Moisture Content)
Wind
Oxygen Content
Summary
Combustion Properties of Liquid and Gaseous Fuels
Types of Fuel
Gases
Liquids and Their Vapors
Solids
Physical Properties of Fuels
Vapor Pressure
Flammability (Explosive) Limits
Flash Point
Flame Point/Fire Point
Ignition Temperature
Ignition Energy
Boiling Points
Vapor Density
Heat of Combustion
Hydrocarbon Fuels
Nonhydrocarbon Liquid Fuels
Combustion of Liquid Fuels
Pyrolysis and Decomposition of Liquids
Fuel Gas Sources
Gas Lines
Natural Gas
LP Gas
Summary
Combustion Properties of Solid Fuels
Pyrolysis
Combustion Properties of Wood
Components of Wood
Ignition and Combustion of Wood
"Low Temperature" Ignition
Wood Products
Paper
Plastics
Paint
Metals
Coal
Dust Explosions
Fire Behavior
Flame Color
Smoke Production
Summary
Sources of Ignition
Primary Ignitors
Matches
Lighters
Torches
Candles
Secondary Sources
Sparks/Arcs
Hot Objects/Hot Surfaces
Friction
Radiant Heat
Chemical Reaction
The Role of Services and Appliances in Starting Fires
Gas Appliances as Ignition Sources
Electric Appliances
Kerosene Heaters
Oil Storage
Electricity
The Role of Hot and Burning Fragments in Kindling Fires
Wind-Blown Sparks
Fireplaces and Chimneys
Long-Term Heating "Low-Temperature" Ignition
Trash Burners and Bonfires
Hot Coals
Hot Metals
Mechanical Sparks
Firearms Residues
Smoking as a Fire Origin
The Role of Animals in Igniting Fires
Miscellaneous Sources of Ignition
Lightning
Spontaneous Combustion (Self-Heating)
Ignition by Electric Lighting
Ignition from Discarded Batteries
Summary
Structure Fires and Their Investigation
Beginning the Investigation
Investigative Information During Suppression
Responsibility of the Firefighters
Minimizing Post-Fire Damage
Documentation
Elements of Building Construction
Structural Shell
Fire-Resistance Ratings
Internal Structure
General Principles of Fire Behavior
Reconstructing the Starting Conditions
Fire Patterns
Tracing the Course of the Fire
Implications
Examination of a Structure Fire Scene
Survey and Assessment
Interviews with Firefighters
Interviews with Witnesses
Search Patterns
Fire Behavior Indicators
Other Investigative Considerations
Testing of Hands
Testing of Clothing
Protected Areas
Elimination of Ignition Sources
Detection Systems
Arc Mapping
Appliance Condition
Interior Fires from Exterior Sources
Roof and Attic Fires
Myths and Misconceptions
Documenting the Fire Scene
Photography
Sketching
Collection of Evidence
Debris Containing Suspected Volatiles
Other Solid Evidence
Liquids
Chain of Evidence
Time Lines
Conclusions About the Fire
Summary
Grass and Wildland Fires and Their Investigation
Fuels
Fire Behavior
Determination of Origin
Investigation Methodology
First Evaluation
Other Sources of Information
The Scene Search
Burn Indicators
Documentation
Sources of Ignition
Power Lines
Lightning
Burning or Hot Fragments
Campfires
Cigarettes
Incendiary Fires
Modeling
Collection and Preservation of Physical Evidence
Summary
Automobile, Motor Vehicle, and Ship Fires
Automobiles and Motor Vehicles
Fuel Systems
Electrical Systems
Miscellaneous Causes
Combustible Materials
Vehicle Arson
Vehicle Examination
Motorhomes and Recreational Vehicles
Mobile Homes (Manufactured Housing)
Boats and Ships
Motives for Vehicle Arson
Summary
Electrical Causes of Fire
Basic Electricity
Static Electricity
Current Electricity
Direct and Alternating Current (DC and AC)
Electrical Units
Electrical Calculations
Wiring Systems
Conductors and Insulators
Current-Carrying Capability (Ampacity)
Protection-Overcurrent and Short Circuit
Fuses
Breakers
Solid-State Protectors
Overcurrent Devices and Fire Investigation
Ground Fault Interrupters
Service Entrance
Ignition by Electrical Means
Conduction Heating
Overheating by Excessive Current
Overheating by Poor Connection
Insulation Breakdown (Degradation)-Carbon Tracking
Arcs and Sparks
Aluminum Wiring
Electric Motors and Transformers
Fixed Heaters
Appliances
Extension Cords
Heat Tapes
Investigation of Electricity-Related Fires
Post-fire Indicators
Mapping of Arc Faults
Arcing Through Char
Laboratory Examination
Summary
Clothing and Fabric Fires
Types of Cloth
Natural Fibers
Synthetic Fibers
Fire Hazards
Regulation on Flammable Fabrics
Flammability of Mattresses and Upholstered Furniture
Furniture Testing
Flammability Testing
General Observations
Summary
Explosions and Explosive Combustion
Explosive Combustion
Diffuse-Phase Explosions
Gases
Vapors
Dust Suspensions
Ignition
Dense-Phase Explosions
Chemical and Physical Properties
Explosive Types
High Order/Low Order
Investigation of Explosions
The Scene Search
Mechanical Explosions
Speed and Force of Reaction
Explosion Debris
Scene Examination
Evidence Recovery
Laboratory Analysis
Incident Analysis
Summary
Chemical Fires and Hazardous Materials
Gases
Hydrocarbons
Others
Liquids
Solvents
Others
Solids
Incendiary Mixtures
Oxidizing Salts
Reactive Metals
Clandestine Drug Laboratories
Marijuana Cultivation
Warnings
Summary
Laboratory Services
Availability of Laboratory Services
Fire Testing Laboratories
General Fire Evidence
Identification of Charred or Burned Materials
Burned Documents
Failure Analysis-Forensic Engineers
Evaluation of Appliances and Wiring
Miscellaneous Laboratory Tests
Spoliation
Identification of Volatile Accelerants
Gas Chromatography
Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS)
Sample Handling and Isolation of Volatile Residues
Identification of Volatile Residues
Interpretation of GC Results
Chemical Incendiaries
Non-Fire-Related Criminal Evidence
Fingerprints
Blood
Impression Evidence
Physical Matches
Trace Evidence
Summary
Fire-Related Deaths and Injuries
The Team Effort
Pathological and Toxicological Examination
Destruction of the Body
Effects of Fire
Other Pathological Findings
Carbon Monoxide Asphyxiation
Sources of Carbon Monoxide
Investigation of Carbon Monoxide Asphyxiations
Other Toxic Gases
Other Mechanism
Injuries
Manner of Death
Summary
Arson as a Crime
The Crime of Arson
Motive
Profit
Vandalism
Excitement and Thrill Seeking
Revenge, Retaliation, or Spite
Concealment of Another Crime
Extremism (Social Protest and Terrorism)
Juvenile Fire Setting ("Curiosity" or "Fire Play" Fire Setting)
Mixed Motives
Irrational Fire Setting
The Arson Set
Arranging the Fire-Location
Fuels
Ignitable Liquids
Type of Accelerant
Method of Initiation
Deductions from the Interpretation of Evidence
Criminal Analysis or Profiling
Analytical Reasoning
Elimination of Accidental and Natural Causes
Summary
Other Investigative Topics
Safety
Fire Modeling
What Should We Ask About Any Model We Use?
Assessment
Testing Complex Computer Models
Arson Law
Elements of Proof
Direct and Circumstantial Evidence
Search and Seizure
Search and Seizure Court Decisions
Sources of Information
Spoliation
Chain of Evidence
Report Writing
Summary
The Scene
The Investigation
Conclusions
Courtroom Testimony
The Expert Witness
Scientific Method
Pretrial Preparation
Testimony
Epilogue
Summary
Natural Elements
Nomenclature
Melting Points and Thermal Conductivities of Common Materials
The Evidence Collection Kit
The Model Arson Law
Sketching Fire Scenes
List of Explosive Materials, 2004
Field Interview and Incident Report Forms
Log Sheets
Data for Fire Modeling and Reconstruction
Critical Incident Radiant Heat Fluxes for Some Common Fuels
Sample Task Force Agreement
Web Sites
Conversions of Units
Suggested Reading List
Glossary
Index
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