Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The Path to Becoming a Fire Investigator


There are few careers that are more heroic than firefighters and police detectives. The only thing that could be even more impressive and worthwhile is combining the two. Fire investigators allow people with experience to bring their love of problem-solving into the world of fighting fires. The path to this rewarding profession may be straightforward, but it does take a lot of dedication to see things through. From joining a firefighter team to taking a fire investigation course online, here are the basic steps to following your dream.

1. Volunteer/Career Firefighters


The first step most fire investigators take is to become an actual fireman. Whether going the paid rout or volunteering at the local firehouse, there is a lot to learn about taking on nature's destroyer. Knowing how fires spread and what to look for when trying to extinguish a blaze will help prospective detectives to understand what chemical reactions take place during. After all, knowing how the fire ends is a great starting point for discovering how it began.

2. Training Program


Bravery and honor aside, a student can only learn so much by fighting fires firsthand. The experience will help guide you through the required training courses, especially if you're seeking a federal position. Organizations like the ATF look for a four-year degree for their hires. Since this kind of education often interferes with every-day life, many people look for fire investigation courses online to provide the freedom necessary to balance an already busy schedule.

3. Essential Credentials


The first job many investigators get after completing their coursework is probationary. This is usually because employers want to know if you've got the determination to continue in the field. The best way to show off a love for learning is to keep moving forward. Getting additional certifications will help your bosses see how serious you are about becoming the best fire investigator you can be.

4. Acquiring Specializations


Branching out to new areas is a great way to keep a career interesting. Taking fire investigation courses online and working towards certifications will get you started, but as technology progresses new ways to analyze fire scenes become available. Specializing in certain areas will help you to learn the most up-to-date methods and tools of your craft. This also makes it easier to move into the private sector as well.

Finding the cause of fires is an important job since it helps to prevent future accidents or even catch arsonists and other criminals. Following this path may not be easy, but in the end, you'll have one of the most rewarding and honorable careers available today!

Disclosure: This is a partnered post. 

31 comments:

  1. Interesting job info

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  2. This is really interesting and informative. I don't know much about this job, but it sounds like a really tough and amazing job.

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  3. This was interesting to read!
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  4. These guys and gals do amazing work!

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  5. This is really interesting, you don't usually see this kind of job showcased often.

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  6. This is so interesting. Honestly not something I have ever thought about before.

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  7. thats a really admirable field to get into

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  8. Awesome post! Didn't really know much about this.

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  9. Thanks for the great info. It's nice to see something other than life and review posts only!I'm always looking to learn!

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  10. I think this is a job I would love. I have always been a person that liked to solve things.

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  11. This looks like an amazing but dangerous job.

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  12. This is such an important job and great info, thanks!

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  13. I've never even thought of this as a job for me, and I probably wouldn't be suited for it as I suspect one has to be eagle-eyed and very detail oriented. The 'mystery' part of it would be interesting though.

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  14. I had a chance to speak to firefighters at my daughter's school and they had just gotten new rig and he told me how heavy the uniforms were

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  15. My husband has been a volunteer firefighter for about 40 years and I'm sure he probably know a lot of this but we don't really talk about it because I'm not as interested in it as he is.

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  16. Very interesting to read about

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  17. very interesting. I love watching Chicago Fire and i always think this looks like a great career path

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  18. Interesting read! Not something I had ever given any thought into before!

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  19. Sounds really interesting - thanks for sharing

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  20. Fascinating job. Lots of training involved.

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  21. Such an interesting career! I'd love to see a docu-series that followed someone on this career path through all of their training.

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  22. Sounds interesting, Thanks for the informations.

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  23. never thought about this, interesting info

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  24. I've always wanted to be a volunteer firefighter. Alas I have a disability that prevents that from being a possibility.

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