Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)

Fire Investigation Course


Participant Handouts

The handouts are all in PDF format, some of them have the “Typewriter Tool” enabled. To use this feature, it is suggested that after opening the file to complete a “save as” command and re-name the file. This will preserve the original handout for future use. If you have difficulty opening the files, the first troubleshooting task is to upgrade to a newer version of Adobe Reader, which is free.


If there is a problem downloading or opening a file please contact me. Ron Hopkins


Monday, September 8, 2014

01-NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033 Update


02A-Basic Methodology

03-Chemistry of Fire and Fire Dynamics


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

04-Fire Patterns


06-Planning the Investigation

07-Documentation of the Investigation

08-Physical Evidence

09-Origin Determination


Wednesday. September 10, 2014

10-Origin Determination; Heat and Flame Vector Analysis

10A-Heat and Flame Diagram

11-Cause Determination

12-Failure Analysis and Analytical Tools


Thursday, September 11, 2014



14A-Explosion Dynamics Vector Diagram


Friday, September 12, 2014

15-Management of Complex Investigations