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- Describe the personal items each arson investigator should carry.
- Identify at least 2 lighting types that would be necessary to use in an arson scene.
- Thinking of head-to-toe protection, describe 4 critical items of safety equipment and their intended uses.
- What is the minimum number of personnel at an arson scene investigation? Why is that number important?
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The fire arson investigator must possess quality safety equipment because investigation scenes remain extremely dangerous after a fire has been extinguished. Tools that are vital to a fire investigator's safety include a firefighter's coat, pants and boots worn on the job by the investigator, a hard hat or helmet, dust masks, respirators, gloves and goggles or safety glasses. In addition to safety equipment, fire investigators must possess state-of-the-art excavation equipment to ensure they can conduct a quality investigation.

Fire investigators are required to clear and pick through rubble at the investigation scene that has been left behind by firefighters. Therefore, fire investigators need to avoid contaminating the investigation scene by ensuring that any tools during the investigation are cleaned before and after each investigation, or disposed of after use. Excavation tools that fire investigators must possess include a variety of brooms, rakes, shovels and hoes. The investigator also must have wrenches, chisels, hammers, screwdrivers, saws, crowbars, cutters and knives. Electrician's tools are useable for fire investigators as well.

The fire investigator must also ensure that quality evidence collection tools are brought to the investigation scene to collect evidence, and these must be used only once or cleaned thoroughly between ...

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