Fire Research Laboratory's Publications
Technical Bulletin 001 –Forensic Investigation Techniques for Inspecting Electrical Conductors Involved in Fire (Document No.: 239052, Award Number: 2010-DN-BX-K246) — Posted 11/14/12
Purpose: The purpose of this Technical Bulletin is to provide the Fire Investigation Community with an understanding of some of the major technical problems that we believe are contained in Forensic Investigation Techniques for Inspecting Electrical Conductors Involved in Fire (Document No.: 239052, Award Number: 2010-DN-BX-K246), a report released after the completion of a research project that was funded by The National Institute of Justice (NIJ). We take issue with: the study's methodology; the interpretation of results; and, what we believe to be, the incorrect conclusion that fire investigators cannot visually differentiate between fire and arc melting when examining conductors.
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