PHYS 253
CJA: Fire and Arson Investigation

Course Description

This course considers the physical aspects of fire and arson investigation. Included are such topics as:
properties of materials,
physical aspects of fires,
physical examination of fire scene to determine origin,
ignition sources and their physical aspects, and
characteristic physical features indicating incendiarism.
This course is usually offered via home study or PSI (Personalized System of Instruction). In each case, a study guide is used to guide the student through the text. The text is Kirk's Fire Investigation, fourth edition, by John D. DeHaan. The study guide was written by Paul Kicska, a former professor of physics at East Stroudsburg University. Both are available at the University book store.

Keep in mind that the study guide is constantly being updated. Be sure to get the latest edition, dated January 1997. A version for PC Word can be downloaded here (compressed in ZIP format).