Fire investigation training is available through the classroom only by your district deputy state fire marshal through your local fire department.
“Fire Investigation for First Responders" course is a 16-hour requisite knowledge and skills class for first-in volunteer, combo, and career fire service and law enforcement personnel who are assistants to the state fire marshal per ORS 476.060.
The class is based on NFPA 1001 Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications, NFPA 1021 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Officer, and Oregon DPSST Task Book objectives.
Fire Origin and Cause Investigator course is a 40-hour requisite knowledge and skills class for volunteer, combo, and career fire service and law enforcement personnel who are assistants to the State Fire Marshal and have fire investigation responsibilities as one of their primarily assigned functions.
The class is based on NFPA 1033 Standards for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, IFSTA Fire Investigator 2nd Edition, and Oregon DPSST Task Book objectives with a final exam at the end of the course (this course replaces the need to take the DPSST fire investigator exam).
After completing this class, the student will have a basic understanding of fire origin and cause, documenting the fire scene, evidence collection/preservation, interviews/interrogations, post-incident investigation protection, and fire investigation case presentation.
In addition to obtaining a certificate of course completion (NOCC), the student will be required to complete the Oregon DPSST NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator JPR skills portion of the task book prior to applying for state certification.