Course Details

  • Course Name : Fire Debris Analysis
  • Duration : 1 Hour
  • Location : Arlington, Texas
  • Delivery Mode : N/A

About Fire Debris Analysis Course

This presentation provides Fire Scene Investigators, Special Investigators, and Insurance Adjusters with an inside look at how an accredited Forensic Science Testing Laboratory receives, processes, preps, handles, tests and reports samples taken at fire scenes. The collection and handling of physical evidence to ensure proper Chain of Custody and preservation of sample integrity is also covered with as referenced in ASTM E1459 – Standard Guide for Physical Evidence Labeling and Related Documentation.

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The chromatograms from the unknown sample are visually compared to those of reference ignitable liquids as part of the analysis. Additionally carried out are pattern matching, determining the carbon number range, extracted ion profiling, target compound analysis, and mass spectra library matching. If an ignitable liquid is found, it is categorized by ASTM into one of the following groups:

  • Gasoline
  • Petroleum distillates
  • Isoparaffinic products
  • Aromatic products
  • Naphthenic-Paraffinic products
  • N-alkane products
  • Oxygenated solvents
  • Miscellaneous