Fire InvestigationRisks and Hazards Faced by the Fire InvestigatorThere has been development in terms of science and technology in the field of fire investigation and management since the last decade but still there are needs for improvement. Fire investigators go through various problems and health hazards during investigating details about fire accidents. These hazards may cause injuries, illnesses, physical disturbances and even deaths (Ide, 2000b). There have been many cases in history related to fire scenes and accidents when fire investigators met with serious accidents and were predicted to have bodily disability, incapacitating, incurable, and long lasting health problems and disorders.
Fire investigators have to suffer from the same consequences and troubles that come in the forefront of fire fighters (National Fire Protection Association, 2001). They reach the location where a fire incident has happened after the incident is over but they have to confront hazards and safety lapses like the fire fighters. Their main duty is to judge the cause and origin of the fire accident. The fire investigators have to think over their security and safety issues before starting to investigate the whole accident.
They must be fully aware of the hazards and risks that they are likely going to face during their investigation procedure (National Institute of Justice, 2000). When they are informed about a fire accident and are asked to investigate the nature of fire, they should be considerate about themselves in order to perform their duty actively and to safeguard themselves from physical and other injuries and disorders. They should take precautionary measures to prevent any kind of illnesses, disabilities, injuries and losses (Thatcher, 2000a). There are many hazardous and risky matters such as inadequate knowledge and experience concerning fire investigation, ignorance about standard operating procedures (SOPs) and lack of enough training (National Fire Protection Association, 2001).
All the previously mentioned risks or hazards cannot be negated as they can prove themselves a reason for jeopardizing fire investigators’ health as well as their lives. Many other hazards are there that can compel a fire investigator to be a captive at home or any other rehabilitation centre because of his being exposed to some hazard or risk (Thatcher, 2000b).
To eradicate any threat or to minimize it, the fire investigators are in need of appropriate safety and precautionary measures (Thatcher and Kelleher, 2000b). The bodily hazards that the fire investigators have to face are many in number such as falling due to wreckage, locations that are blasted of, wrecked glasses of windows, doors or any other glass stuff at the location, fallen nails, tattered metal, floor gaps, lynching light fittings, uncovered electric cabling that may be located secretively underground, above the heads or in inhabited places, destructed electric devices or applications such as transformers, fridges, overall boards, destructed gas pipelines, increasing noise conditions, environmental disruptions such as increasing cold or hot weathers, stormy weathers and others, damaged staircases, greasy floors, overhanging objects, inflammable devices, uncovered manholes and many other hazardous conditions (National Institute of Justice, 2000).
There are dangers of oxygen deficiency, subjection to toxics, gas leakage and environmental disruption because of harmful gases (Ide, 2000a). All these conditions appear as a hindrance towards investigation. They not only affect badly the health conditions of the fire investigators but also they are the reason behind incomplete or delayed fire investigation (Thatcher, 2000a).
All fire locations must have some hazards and risks. It is a truth that should not be ignored by the fire investigators.