Mobile Computing And Its Uses In Arson Investigation

US Navy observer watches firefighters during aircraft firefighting training

US Navy observer watches firefighters during aircraft firefighting training (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For arson investigators, determining the cause of a fire typically involves gathering sufficient data from multiple sources. After the fire is extinguished by first responders, investigators arrive at the fire scene, contact the team, define the scene’s boundaries and interview eyewitnesses such as first responders, property owners and tenants.

Investigators also collect evidence such as damage around the ignition source or sources, tool marks, fuel containers, bloodstains and latent prints to not only determine the type of fire but whether or not the fire was started by human activity. After the fire scene has been thoroughly processed, reviewed and released to its owners, an investigator will then create and submit paper-based incident reports to local, state and national databases, helping authorities to more easily identify trends and to develop new procedures and equipment. [Read more…]

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