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NFPA® 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations 2011 Edition

NFPA® 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations 2011 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope.
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Units of Measure
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Advisory Sections
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Basic Methodology
4.1 Nature of Fire Investigations
4.2 Systematic Approach
4.3 Relating Fire Investigation to the Scientific Method
4.4 Basic Method of a Fire Investigation
4.5 Level of Certainty
4.6 Review Procedure
4.7 Reporting Procedure
Chapter 5 Basic Fire Science
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Fire Chemistry
5.3 Products of Combustion
5.4 Fluid Flows
5.5 Heat Transfer
5.6 Fuel Load, Fuel Packages, and Properties of Flames
5.7 Ignition
5.8 Flame Spread
5.9 Fire Spread in a Compartment
5.10 Compartment Fire Development
5.11 Fire Spread Between Compartments
5.12 Paths of Smoke Spread in Buildings
Chapter 6 Fire Patterns
6.1 Introduction
6.2 Fire Effects
6.3 Fire Patterns
6.4 Fire Pattern Analysis
Chapter 7 Building Systems
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Features of Design, Construction, and Structural Elements in Evaluating Fire Development
7.3 Types of Construction
7.4 Construction Assemblies
Chapter 8 Electricity and Fire
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Basic Electricity
8.3 Building Electrical Systems
8.4 Service Equipment
8.5 Grounding
8.6 Overcurrent Protection
8.7 Branch Circuits
8.8 Outlets and Devices
8.9 Ignition by Electrical Energy
8.10 Interpreting Damage to Electrical Systems
8.11 Identification of Arc Melting of Electrical Conductors
8.12 Static Electricity
Chapter 9 Building Fuel Gas Systems
9.1 Introduction.
9.2 Fuel Gases.
9.3 Natural Gas Systems
9.4 LP-Gas Systems
9.5 Common Fuel Gas System Components
9.6 Common Piping in Buildings
9.7 Common Appliance and Equipment Requirements
9.8 Common Fuel Gas Utilization Equipment
9.9 Investigating Fuel Gas Systems Incidents
Chapter 10 Fire-Related Human Behavior
10.1 Introduction
10.2 History of Research
10.3 General Considerations of Human Responses to Fires
10.4 Factors Related to Fire Initiation
10.5 Children and Fire
10.6 Incendiary Fires
10.7 Human Factors Related to Fire Spread
10.8 Recognition and Response to Fires
Chapter 11 Legal Considerations
11.1 Introduction
11.2 Constitutional Considerations
11.3 Legal Considerations During the Investigation
11.4 Pretrial Legal Considerations
11.5 Trials
Chapter 12 Safety
12.1 General
12.2 General Fire Scene Safety
12.3 Fire Scene Hazards
12.4 Safety Plans.
12.5 Chemical and Contaminant Exposure
12.6 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
12.7 Emergency Action Plans
12.8 Post-Scene Safety Activities
12.9 Safety in Off-Scene Investigation Activities
12.10 Special Hazards
12.11 Factors Influencing Scene Safety
Chapter 13 Sources of Information
13.1 General
13.2 Legal Considerations
13.3 Forms of Information
13.4 Interviews
13.5 Governmental Sources of Information
13.6 Private Sources of Information
13.7 Conclusion
Chapter 14 Planning the Investigation
14.1 Introduction
14.2 Basic Incident Information
14.3 Organizing the Investigation Functions
14.4 Pre-Investigation Team Meeting
14.5 Specialized Personnel and Technical Consultants
14.6 Case Management
Chapter 15 Documentation of the Investigation
15.1 Introduction
15.2 Photography
15.3 Note Taking
15.4 Diagrams and Drawings
15.5 Reports
Chapter 16 Physical Evidence
16.1 General
16.2 Physical Evidence
16.3 Preservation of the Fire Scene and Physical Evidence
16.4 Contamination of Physical Evidence
16.5 Methods of Collection
16.6 Evidence Containers
16.7 Identification of Physical Evidence
16.8 Transportation and Storage of Physical Evidence
16.9 Chain of Custody of Physical Evidence
16.10 Examination and Testing of Physical Evidence
16.11 Evidence Disposition
Chapter 17 Origin Determination
17.1 Introduction.
17.2 Overall Methodology
17.3 Data Collection for Origin Determination
17.4 Analyze the Data
17.5 Developing an Origin Hypothesis
17.6 Testing of Origin Hypotheses
17.7 Selecting the Final Hypothesis
17.8 Origin Insufficiently Defined
Chapter 18 Fire Cause Determination
18.1 Introduction
18.2 Overall Methodology
18.3 Data Collection for Fire Cause Determination
18.4 Analyze the Data
18.5 Developing a Cause Hypothesis
18.6 Testing the Cause Hypothesis
18.7 Selecting the Final Hypothesis
Chapter 19 Analyzing the Incident for Cause and Responsibility
19.1 General
19.2 The Cause of the Fire or Explosion
19.3 The Cause of Damage to Property Resulting from the Incident
19.4 The Cause of Bodily Injury or Loss of Life
19.5 Determining Responsibility
Chapter 20 Failure Analysis and Analytical Tools
20.1 Introduction
20.2 Time Lines
20.3 Systems Analysis
20.4 Mathematical Modeling
20.5 Fire Testing
20.6 Data Required for Modeling and Testing
Chapter 21 Explosions
21.1 General
21.2 Types of Explosions
21.3 Characterization of Explosion Damage
21.4 Effects of Explosions
21.5 Factors Controlling Explosion Effects
21.6 Seated Explosions
21.7 Nonseated Explosions
21.8 Gas/Vapor Combustion Explosions
21.9 Dust Explosions
21.10 Backdraft (Smoke Explosions)
21.11 Outdoor Vapor Cloud Explosions
21.12 Explosives
21.13 Investigation of Explosive Incidents
21.14 Investigating the Explosion Scene
21.15 Analyze Origin (Epicenter)
21.16 Analyze Fuel Source
21.17 Analyze Ignition Source
21.18 Analyze to Establish Cause
Chapter 22 Incendiary Fires
22.1 Introduction
22.2 Incendiary Fire Indicators
22.3 Potential Indicators Not Directly Related to Combustion
22.4 Other Evidentiary Factors
Chapter 23 Fire and Explosion Deaths and Injuries
23.1 General
23.2 Mechanisms of Death and Injury
23.3 Consumption of the Body by Fire
23.4 Postmortem Changes
23.5 Investigating Fire Scenes with Fatalities
23.6 Investigating Fire Scenes with Injuries
23.7 Explosion Deaths and Injuries
23.8 Post Scene Investigation of Injuries
23.9 Fire Death Pathological and Toxicological Examination
23.10 Analysis of Data
Chapter 24 Appliances
24.1 Scope
24.2 Appliance Scene Recording
24.3 Origin Analysis Involving Appliances
24.4 Cause Analysis Involving Appliances
24.5 Appliance Components
24.6 Common Residential Appliances
Chapter 25 Motor Vehicle Fires
25.1 Introduction
25.2 Vehicle Investigation Safety
25.3 Fuels in Vehicle Fires
25.4 Ignition Sources
25.5 System Identification and Function
25.6 Body Systems
25.7 Recording Motor Vehicle Fire Scenes
25.8 Motor Vehicle Examinations
25.9 Total Burns
25.10 Special Considerations for Incendiary Vehicle Fires
25.11 Vehicles in Structures
25.12 Recreational Vehicles
25.13 Heavy Equipment
25.14 Agricultural Equipment and Implements Introduction
25.15 Hybrid Vehicles
25.16 Towing Considerations
25.17 Hydrogen-Fueled Vehicles
Chapter 26 Wildfire Investigations
26.1 Introduction
26.2 Wildfire Fuels
26.3 Weather
26.4 Topography
26.5 Fire Shape
26.6 Indicators
26.7 Origin Investigation
26.8 Fire Cause Determination
26.9 Evidence
26.10 Special Safety Considerations
26.11 Sources of Information
Chapter 27 Management of Complex Investigations
27.1 Scope
27.2 Basic Information and Documents
27.3 Communications Among Interested Parties
27.4 Understandings and Agreements
27.5 Management of the Investigation
27.6 Evidence
27.7 Logistics
27.8 Site and Scene Safety
Chapter 28 Marine Fire Investigations
28.1 Introduction
28.2 Powerboat and Sailboat Terminology
28.3 Boat Investigation Safety
28.4 System Identification and Function
28.5 Exterior
28.6 Interior
28.7 Propulsion Systems
28.8 Ignition Sources
28.9 Documenting Boat Fire Scenes
28.10 Boat Examination
28.11 Boats in Structures
28.12 Legal Considerations
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Bibliography
Annex C Informational References
Index

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