Competency in Motor Vehicle Fires
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Competency in Motor Vehicle Fires

Level of Understanding: This curriculum is designed at the Knowledge/Comprehension Level
Method of Instruction: Directed, Self-Paced/Self-Study Learning Model
Credit Hours: 8 hours of Training
Purpose: This learning curriculum is designed to serve as a foundational course, introducing students to the fundamental aspects of motor vehicle systems and motor vehicle fire investigation as outlined in
Level of Understanding: NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosives Investigations. This course will serve as a prerequisite to the IAAI-Motor Vehicle Fire Investigator Endorsement Program.
Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion of this module the students will be able to:
1. Define fire growth and development in a motor vehicle fire
2. Identify fuels and ignitable liquids in motor vehicle
3. Define vehicle systems and Explain their function
4. Define vehicle compartments and Identify sources of ignition
5. Define motor vehicle fire scene investigation techniques and safety protocols
6. Explain the process of examining a motor vehicle
7. Identify fire patterns and burn indicators on a motor vehicle and Explain their relevance
Learning Materials:
NFPA (2014) NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, 2014 Edition, Quincy, MA: National Fire Protection Association (required)
Specifically Chapter 27, Motor Vehicle Fires. Paragraphs 27.1 – 27.12.2
Investigating Motor Vehicle Fires Module (available at (recommended)
DeHaan, John D. (2011), Kirk’s Fire Investigation, 7th Edition, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall (recommended)
Specifically, Chapter 9
Students will be required to read the identified learning material and will be required to successfully challenge a comprehensive written examination. A passing score of 75% on the comprehensive written examination is required to receive credit for this program.