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Title: Managing Arson Control Systems - A Study of Arson and Anti-Arson Efforts in a Selected Sample of Jurisdictions, Volume 2 - Arson Detection
Author(s): H C McClees; A J Decker; D J Carpenter
Corporate Author: International Assoc of Fire Chiefs
United States of America
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 66
Sponsoring Agency: International Assoc of Fire Chiefs
Washington, DC 20036
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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National Institute of Justice/
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text highlights the policy, procedures, and practices of arson detection followed in a sample of eight cities.
Abstract: The analysis divides the process of arson detection into six major steps. The first step -- receipt of alarm and dispatch -- involves obtaining information about the caller in all eight cities; all dispatch centers have tape recorders with time coding features. Variations in assessing the tape recorded data are noted. The second step -- response -involves fire unit response and observations en route to the fire and the response of police patrol units. A comparison of fireground operations during suppression, salvage, and overhaul -- the third step -- indicates that recruits have relatively little training in arson detection (2 to 8 hours). The fourth step -- cause and origin determination -- is discussed in terms of participants in the cause determination process, procedures that guide the participants, and evaluation of the participants' performance. Call out and response procedures are evaluated for the fifth step, with emphasis on discretionary decisionmaking. The final step, fire incident classification and reporting, is reviewed; various quality control options are suggested. Nine tables are included.
Index Term(s): Arson; Arson factors; Comparative analysis; Fire detection; Fire losses
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