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NCJ Number: 76333 Find in a Library
Title: Firefighter on the Witness Stand
Author(s): C L Finance; R Jewell; T Conrad
Corporate Author: Film Communicators
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Sponsoring Agency: Film Communicators
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Wisconsin Dept of Justice
Madison, WI 53702
Sale Source: Film Communicators
11136 Weddington Street
North Hollywood, CA 91601
United States of America

Wisconsin Dept of Justice
Division of Law Enforcement Services
Crime Information Bureau
State Capitol
Madison, WI 53702
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This film emphasizes the preparation and teamwork that are necessary in order to convict the arsonist.
Abstract: The film explores the importance of pretrial preparation and demonstrates appropriate courtroom behavior for both a firefighter and his supervisor when appearing as witnesses in an arson investigation trial. The film emphasizes that arson investigators must show that (a) there was a fire, (b) that it was set wilfully and maliciously, and (c) that there must be proof, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the fire was set by the defendant. The film is intended as a training tool for fire service, law enforcement, and insurance personnel or anyone who testifies in an arson case. Suggestions on how firefighters can be more effective court witnesses are included.
Index Term(s): Arson investigations; Audiovisual aids; Firefighters
Note: This is a 22 minute, 16mm color film.
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