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Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction
Synopses & Reviews
Authored by two of the United States’ most experienced fire scientists, this book illustrates a totally new systematic approach for reconstructing fire scenes. The approach applies the principles of fire protection engineering along with forensic and behavioral science and uses actual fire cases to illustrate the concepts presented within the book. These examples shed a new insight into the forensic science, fire engineering, and human factor issues. Intended for use by fire and law enforcement investigators, prosecutors, and fire protection professionals, features include:
This text for the fire and law enforcement investigator, prosecutor, and fire protection professional provides a thorough understanding of fire dynamics, describing and illustrating a new systematic approach for reconstructing fire scenes.
Containing the most up-to-date inforamtion, the second edition of Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction expands the ability of investigators to apply fire engineering, forensic analysis and the interpretation of human behavior to the accurate investigation of fires. Extensive new research on fire behavior, ignition mechanizms, fire pattersns and fire modeling is incorprated to explore and explain the process of applying the full spectrum of forensic tecniques to the reconstruction of fire events. With more than 70 years of combined experience, two of the most experienced fire scientists in the United States have authored a text that can be used by fore and law enforcement investigators, presecutors, forensic scientists, and fire protection specialists. A greately expanded peer review adds a newer fresh perpective to this edition.
About the Author
David J. Icove, PhD., PE, CFEI is an internationally recognized forensic fire engineering expert with more than 35 years of experience. Dr. Icove has served as a principal member of the NFPA 921 Technical Committee on Fire Investigations, and is the author of numerous publications and articles. As a retired carreer federal law enforcement agent, Dr. Icove served as a criminal investigator on the federal, state and local levels. He is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI). Dr. Icove holds BSand MS degrees in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Engineering Science and Mechanics from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Icove also holds a BS degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland-College Park. He is presently Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville; serves on the faculty of the University of Maryland's Professional Master of Engineering in Fire Protection; and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Tennessee and Virginia.
John D. DeHaan, PhD, FABC, CFI, CFEI, FFSS, FSSDip is an internationally recognixed forensic science expert, and author of Kirk's Fire Investigation, the leading textbook in the field of fire and arson investigation. He is also a former principal member of the NFPA 921 Technical Committe on Fire Investigations.
Dr. DeHaan has been a criminalist for more than 37 years and has gainded considerable expertise in fire and explosion evidence as well as human hair, shoe print, and intstrumental analysis and crime scene reconstruction. Dr. DeHaan holds a BS in Physics from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and was awaded a PhD in Pure and Applied Chemistry (Forensic Science) by Strathclyde University, Scotland. Dr. DeHaan is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminalists (Fire Debris), A Fellow of the Forensic Fire Society (UK), and holds Diplomas in Firfe Investigation from the Forensic Fire Society and the Institution of Fire Engineers and a Certified Fire Investigator certification fromn the International Association of Arson Investigators. He is also a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator from the National Association of Fire Investigators.
Table of Contents
Principles of reconstruction — Basic fire dynamics — Fire pattern analysis — Fire scene documentation — Arson crime scene analysis — Fire modeling — Fire death and injuries — Fire testing — Case studies — Future tools for the fire investigator.
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