Kirk's Fire Investigation

Kirk's Fire Investigation

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Since the first edition of Kirk's Fire Investigation was published in 1969, it has become one of the most widely read and accepted textbooks in the field of fire investigation. Since this book was first written, fire investigation has changed, as has the knowledge essential for investigators to know. There is improved technology to aid both the field investigator and the laboratory scientist, which makes the application of the scientific method and use of the most current information critical to the process. Written by a forensic scientist with extensive experience in all phases of fire and explosion investigation, this book details all the "need-to-know" skills. Topics are presented in a logical order from simple chemistry and physics to scene analysis to complex case analysis. Special topics such as lab analysis, fire deaths, and explosions are also included. Features Include: *Updated information and most recent literature references throughout. *Expanded coverage of chemistry topics to include plastics, pyrolsis and combustion products, and the new generation of petroleum products.* Expanded discussion of post-flashover patterns of damage, misconceptions and misuse of post-fire indicators, and documentation. *New legal citations. *New information about destruction of bodies in fire and the detection of blood splatter. *Full-color insert of arson more

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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 208.28 x 256.54 x 30.48mm | 1,406.13g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Pearson
  • United States
  • 5th edition
  • 0130604585
  • 9780130604583

Table of contents

1. Introduction. 2. The Elementary Chemistry of Combustion. 3. The Nature and Behavior of Fire. 4. Combustion Properties of Liquid and Gaseous Fuels. 5. Combustion Properties of Solid Fuels. 6. Sources of Ignition. 7. Structure Fires and Their Investigation. 8. Grass and Wildland Fires and Their Investigation. 9. Automobile, Motor Vehicle, and Ship Fires. 10. Electrical Causes of Fire. 11. Clothing and Fabric Fires. 12. Explosions and Explosive Combustion. 13. Chemical Fires and Hazardous Materials. 14. Laboratory Services. 15. Fire-Related Deaths and Injuries. 16. Arson as a Crime. 17. Other Investigative Topics. APPENDICES. A. Natural Elements. B. Nomenclature of Organic Compounds. C. Melting Points and Thermal Conductivities of Common Materials. D. The Evidence Collection Kit. E. The Model Arson Law. F. Sketching Fire Scenes. G. List of Explosive Materials, 1995. H. Field Interview and Incident Report Forms. I. Log Sheets. J. Data for Fire Modeling and Reconstruction. K. Critical Incident Radiant Heat Fluxes for Some Common Fuels. L. Sample Task force Agreement. M. Web Sites. Glossary. more

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