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Wildland Fire Investigation Case Development Training Program

Wildland fires result in tremendous devastation of public resources and private property. The increasing frequency of these types of fires has brought on a need for additional, specially trained fire investigators. This training is based on the certification standards and training programs for wildland fire investigators put in place by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG). It is intended to provide the students with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop and manage more complex fire investigation cases, in particular where serial arson is involved. The training focuses on case development, management, and organization as it pertains to wildland fire investigations and builds upon the information presented in the Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination Training Program .

The course is a combination of lecture, break-out sessions, and a practical exercise. In the break-out sessions and the final practical exercise, student teams will plan, analyze, organize, and conduct a complex, serial arson investigation.

Type: Advanced

Length: 4.5 Days


  • Case Organization and Documentation
  • Behavior Evidence Analysis
  • Investigation Team Management
  • Wildland Arson Investigative Techniques
  • Preparing The Case Plan
  • Physical Evidence Management
  • Wildland Fire Investigation Forensics Interview
  • Search and Seizure
  • Case Presentation
  • Courtroom Testimony


The instructional personnel for this training program are current and former investigators with many years of experience conducting and supervising wildland fire investigations. This cadre of qualified and experienced instructors comes from various Federal, state, and local law enforcement/investigative agencies.

Tuition and Cost

Tuition is free. Students will be responsible for travel, meals and lodging.

Prerequisites for Attendance

Qualified applicants must be full-time, sworn law enforcement peace officers who have responsibilities for the investigation of wildland fires.  Attendees should have already completed the Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination Training Program before registering for this course.

Registration Information

Contact Information

If you have questions or need additional information, contact us at or call 800-74FLETC.

Training Dates

There are currently no training dates or other items within this program.