Georgetown Police Training Program

PATC: New Fire and Arson Investigator Academy

11dec(dec 11)8:00 am15(dec 15)5:00 pmPATC: New Fire and Arson Investigator AcademyCo-Sponsored with Georgetown Fire Department, TCOLE Credit will also be given to Texas Peace Officers

Event Details


FLYER: Dec Fire Inv

DATES:  12/11/2023 through 12/15/2023

LOCATION:  Public Safety Training and Operations Center – 3500 D.B. Wood Road, Georgetown, TX  78628

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $595.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.  Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars.

INSTRUCTOR(S):  David West

David West,CFEI / KLEC Police Instructor, is a Retired Detective, with the Kentucky State Police, specializing in Arson Investigation and Electrical Fire Analysis for the past 25 years. Mr. West’s career began in the Electrical trade as a Contractor, he then became a State Certified Electrical Inspector, and used this electrical background to join the Kentucky State Police Arson Division examining electrical failures on fire scenes. He became a Police instructor, specializing in Electrical Fires and Fire Related Deaths, at the State Police Academy. His expertise has assisted State and Federal Agencies in examining electrical wiring systems, generating official reports, and testifying as an expert witness in cases.

Course Objectives

Conducting a valid, legal, and proper origin and cause investigation is the first step in working towards a criminal investigation in an arson cause. It is also important in the investigation of accidental fires so future fires and injuries may be prevented.

This course will cover state of the art investigation practices for the new and not so new fire investigator. Upon completion of this course the student will have the necessary tools to become a professional fire investigator. The training if followed will assist and prepare the investigator for the challenges they may face in both criminal and civil investigations and court settings.

Upon completion of this course the student shall be able to inspect and evaluate the fire scene to determine the area and/or point of origin, source of ignition, materials first ignited and the act or activity that brought the ignition source and materials together. The necessary tools and equipment to perform the investigations will also be listed and the usage of each discussed.

The student will be able to prepare diagrams of  and take photographs of the scene and utilize several forms of field notes necessary to compile the final report.

The student will be able to identify, collect and preserve evidence recovered at the fire scene using the proper physical and legal procedures to retain the usefulness of the evidence in court proceedings.

The student will be able to conduct interviews to obtain usable information in the assistance of determining the origin and cause of the fire and in preparing the final report. Information will be provided on techniques for conducting legal interrogations and obtaining usable confessions that will withstand the challenges of the courtroom and legal system.

The student will receive training in conducting all post incident investigation processes beyond the fire scene. Including the usage of public records, data searches, and other financial records needed in a criminal and/or civil investigation.

The course will provide information that will prepare the student for making presentations in legal proceedings, and in the preparation of reports that will be usable for criminal prosecution and meet department requirements.

Resources That Will Be Helpful During Class:

Copy of NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications
for Fire Investigator

Copy of NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation or A Critical Analysis of NFPA 921

Newest Copy of Kirk’s Book on Fire Investigation

Georgetown Police Department DRESS CODE:
Dress code for law enforcement attendance, to include instructors, for training administered at the PSOTC, will not be obscene, racially suggestive, discriminatory, or inflammatory in nature. Business casual is preferred, a collared shirt is preferable, but an ‘inoffensive’ tee shirt is acceptable. An ‘inoffensive’ cap is also acceptable in class. No shorts, flipflops, tank top, or other similar clothing is allowed. 


11 (Monday) 8:00 am - 15 (Friday) 5:00 pm


Georgetown Public Safety Operations and Training Center

3500 DB Wood Rd, Georgetown, TX, 78628

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