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Arson and Fire Science


Arson (Behavioral and Economic Aspects) entry from the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, Vol. 1, 2002
http://law.jrank.org/pages/534/Arson-Behavioral-Economic-Aspects.html
In addition to the short overview, there are additional sections on : Offender Types, Arson For Profit, Arson And Collective Violence, Statistical And Economic Issues, and a Bibliography on additional resources.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

Arson (Legal Aspects) entry from the Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice, Vol. 1, 2002
http://law.jrank.org/pages/539/Arson-Legal-Aspects.html
Covers Common Law Arson, Statutory Arson, Model Arson Statutes, and A Bibliography of Resources.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

Arson on Trial : Science Casts Doubt on Arson Convictions
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/12/09/AR2006120900357.html
Article by Robert Tanner, AP, appearing in the Washington Post, December 9, 2006.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL)
Research Information Services
http://www.bfrl.nist.gov/bfrlris/
The Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) Research Information Services resource center is located within the Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) at NIST. Originally begun as "FRIS", the Fire Research Information Service, this resource center is a vast collection of information on nearly any fire research related subject that has been gathered from both BFRL staff members, as well as researchers, fire protection engineers, and scientists from around the world. Over the years, the information housed within RIS has expanded to include not only fire research information, but also building research related subjects as well.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives
http://www.atf.gov/
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is a law enforcement organization within the United States Department of Treasury with unique responsibilities dedicated to reducing violent crime, collecting revenue, and protecting the public. ATF enforces the Federal laws and regulations relating to alcohol, tobacco, firearms, explosives and arson by working directly and in cooperation with others to: suppress and prevent crime and violence through enforcement, regulation, and community outreach; Ensure fair and proper revenue collection; Provide fair and effective industry regulation; support and assist Federal, State, local, and international law enforcement; provide innovative training programs in support of criminal and regulatory enforcement functions.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

Congressional Fire Service Institute
http://www.cfsi.org/
CFSI was established in 1989 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. CFSI is designed to educate members of Congress on issues that make a difference for the emergency services. CFSI is a proven source for accurate and objective information on fire service issues.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

Fire and Arson Scene Evidence: A Guide for Public Safety Personnel
http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/181584.pdf
This booklet presents the principles of an investigation at a fire and arson scene, so as to ensure that potential physical evidence is not tainted or destroyed or potential witnesses overlooked. These principles of fire-arson scene investigation were developed by the 31-member Technical Working Group on Fire/Arson Scene Investigation, a multidisciplinary group of content area experts from across the United States and Canada, from both urban and rural jurisdictions. All working group members are experienced in the investigation of fires, the analysis of evidence gathered, or the use in the criminal justice system of information produced by the investigation. It is the intention of this guide to acquaint a broad spectrum of public safety personnel with the fire investigation process, so they may understand their role in helping to identify, locate, and preserve evidence in its varied forms, to either assist a specialist investigator when one is needed or to document and collect evidence when no assistance is needed or available. In focusing on the documentation and collection of physical evidence at fire/arson scenes, the guide discusses the role of first responders, evaluation of the scene, documenting the scene, processing evidence at the scene, and completing the scene investigation. Appended documentation examples, 17 suggestions for additional reading, and lists of national resources, points of contact, and organizations.
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Fire Chief (Magazine)
http://www.firechief.com/
Fire Chief is edited for fire service executives. This includes fire chiefs and fire administrators of municipal, district, county, township, industrial, military and independent fire departments and companies -- volunteer, part-paid, and paid. Emphasis is placed on helping fire administrators solve their administrative and management problems, as well as meet today's challenges in the five major areas of fire department responsibility: operations (firefighting, emergency medical services, rescue, disaster response, hazardous materials); equipment and maintenance (purchase and maintenance of fire apparatus and equipment); fire prevention (public education, investigation, inspection and enforcement); and training and support services (communications, reporting, supplies and facilities maintenance).
(Last checked 03/22/11)

Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/
Each year an average of 105 fire fighters die in the line of duty. To address this continuing national occupational fatality problem, NIOSH conducts independent investigations of fire fighter line of duty deaths. This web page provides access to NIOSH investigation reports and other fire fighter safety resources.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

Fire in the United States, 1992-2001 (13th edition)
http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/fa-286.pdf
FEMA, October 2004.
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Fire Link
http://www.firelink.com/
Serving the fire and resecue community.
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Fire Loss in the United States During 2009
http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/PDF/OS.fireloss.pdf
(Last checked 03/22/11)

FIREDOC (Fire Science Database)
http://fris2.nist.gov/starweb/FireDoc/servlet.starweb?path=FireDoc/firedoc.web
The Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology provides access to a fire literature search program, FIREDOC. Fire professionals use FIREDOC to identify documents related to fire science, fire science engineering, building construction/materials, and modelling, most of which are produced by the Building and Fire Research Laboratory. This database is quite technically-oriented.
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Firehouse (Magazine)
http://www.firehouse.com
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Firehouse Network : State and Regional News, Resources, and More
http://cms.firehouse.com/content/fhnet/
Provides a directory of fire products & services, extensive links to other sites, a live message board, live chat and free home pages for fire or EMS departments. Be sure to click on Michigan for Michigan related news articles and links.
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Insurance Committee for Arson Control
http://www.arsoncontrol.org/
The Insurance Committee for Arson Control (ICAC) serves as a national resource, education and communications organization. From this perspective, ICAC sponsors and coordinates the activities of the National Arson Forum, a gathering of leaders from the public and private sectors to exchange information and develop new resources to aid all participants in the battle against arson.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

interFIRE.org
http://www.interfire.org
interFIRE.org is a complete resource for fire services, fire insurers, law enforcement and others whose duties involve fire investigation.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

International Association of Fire Chiefs
http://www.iafc.org/
Established in 1873, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is a powerful network of more than 12,000 chief fire and emergency officers. Our members are the world's leading experts in fire fighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search & rescue, and public safety legislation.
To provide leadership to career and volunteer chiefs, chief fire officers and managers of emergency service organizations throughout the international community through vision, information, education, services and representation to enhance their professionalism and capabilities.
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International Association of Fire Fighters
http://www.iaff.org/
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Juvenile Firesetting : A Research Overview
http://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/207606.pdf
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Juvenile Firesetting and Arson
http://www.ncjrs.gov/txtfiles/fs9751.txt
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Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs
http://www.michiefs.org
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Michigan Fire Service Instructors Association
http://www.mfsia.com/
The Michigan Fire Service Instructors Association works together to secure better education, provide information, establish continuity, promote fire safety, form lasting bonds, create a good atmosphere and promote professionalism in the Fire Service.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

Michigan Professional Fire Fighters Union
http://www.mpffu.org
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Michigan State Police
Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division
http://www.michigan.gov/msp/1,1607,7-123-1593_3507---,00.html
Also listed under Criminal Justice Resources : Emergency Management.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

Michigan State Police
Fire Investigation and Training
Also referred to as State Fire Marshall
http://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,1607,7-123-1589_3493_4601---,00.html
(Last checked 03/22/11)

National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors
http://www.nafed.org/
NAFED is a trade association started in 1963 by a small number of fire equipment distributors. It has grown to represent over one thousand fire equipment distributors, suppliers, and affiliates. Web site provides links to fire protection companies and fire protection resources, including a library of web articles.
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National Association of State Fire Marshals
http://www.firemarshals.org/
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National Fire Protection Association
http://www.nfpa.org/index.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1
Latest information about the NFPA, its departments, publications, seminars, and educational programs including a 5-year subject index to the NFPA Journal and some of their fire safety brochures. Also found here are the Sparky the Fire Dog website for children, and an excellent collection of Fire Resource Links.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

National Interagency Fire Center
http://www.nifc.gov/
The National Interagency Fire Center was created to coordinate the preventive and proactive efforts of nine different government agencies on wildfire management. Their site contains information on current items of contemporary importance, such as the status of current wildland fires and reports on various fire accidents and incidences. The site is divided into a number of thematic areas including wildland fire prevention and education. The fire statistics area is quite helpful as it provides information on significant fires dating back to the early 19th century, and also provides detailed information on the wildland fire seasons from 1998 to 2002. The site is rounded out by a collection of Web links our useful wildland fire sites.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service
http://www.nfpa.org/assets/files/pdf/needsassessment.PDF
On Thursday, January 23rd, 2002, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and United States Fire Administration (USFA) announced the release of a comprehensive study that examines the needs and response capabilities of the nation's fire service. The report provides the USFA with a current understanding of problem areas to guide future planning and initiatives to enhance fire services and firefighter safety.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

SceneInvestigator.com
http://www.sceneinvestigator.com/
(Last checked 03/22/11)

U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) Statistics Page
http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/statistics/
This page contains statistics on fires that occur in the United States and analytical and topical reports that describe the national fire problem. Also included are statistics related to firefighters and fire departments.
(Last checked 03/22/11)

 

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