Understanding Fire Patterns

This four-hour class deals with the issue of fire pattern production. Fire patterns, which are the visible or measurable physical changes to materials which are formed by a fire effect or a number of fire effects. The recognition and interpretation of these patterns forms the basis for fire scene investigation, and ultimately, origin and cause determination. This class will delve into a wide variety of issues relevant to burn patterns, including: types of fire patterns, temperature estimation, mass loss of materials, sooting, charring, spalling, oxidation, melting of materials, thermal deformation and expansion, calcination, clean burn, lines of demarcation, suppression effects, flash-over and its effects on burn patterns and pattern geometry.

Required Gear: None
Class Location: Courthouse EOC
Class Offered: Sunday AM
Class Instructor: Retired ATF, Cody-Steve Bauer

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