The objective of all investigations is to identify the origin, cause, and circumstances of events through the use of the systematic approach to the scientific method. In 1992 the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) established the “Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations” commonly referred to as NFPA 921.
The NFPA also outlined the “The Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator” in NFPA 1033. Both standards have been adopted by the Canadian and United States Court System as the standard for fire investigations. Every fire has the potential of being something other than an accident. This means, every fire has the potential of being presented to the legal system for examination. Most adjusters and attorneys know the importance of involving an origin and cause investigator as quickly as possible. Documentation and evidence preservation are of paramount concern and should be done by an origin and cause investigator.