In 1896, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) was established to eliminate “death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.” The NFPA provides over 300 codes and standards tailored to “minimize the risk and effects of fire by establishing criteria for building, processing, design, service, and installation around the world”, including NFPA 921.
National Fire Protection Association
For the first time in 1992, nearly 100 years after its inception, the NFPA published its “Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations” under NFPA 921. This publication established guidelines and recommendations for the safe and systematic investigation or analysis of fire and explosion incidents. As such, NFPA 921 provides standards and procedures for fire investigation methodology, which the NFPA encourages familiarity and understanding by professional fire investigators. The NFPA encourages professional awareness of this publication because it provides the majority of information needed to obtain fire investigation certifications, including Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI); Certified Fire Investigation Instructor (CFII); and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI).
NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations
Per the NFPA, when referenced in the field, in training, and in court, NFPA 921 is the foremost guide for rendering accurate opinions on incident origin, cause, responsibility, and prevention. It is intended for use by both public sector employees who are responsible for fire investigation and private sector professionals who conduct investigations for insurance companies or litigation purposes.
Today, the NFPA remains widely acknowledged and followed by professional fire investigators and state and federal courts throughout the US and in some cases, internationally. As a result, and so as not to be precluded from offering necessary evidence and testimony in litigation, it is imperative that your professional fire investigator is proficient in the NFPA 921 guidelines and procedures and can attest that their investigation was done in accordance with the guide. For this and other questions, be sure to contact one of our subrogation lawyers.