National Fire Protection Association and NFPA 921


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.”

The NFPA was established to eliminate death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.

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).

It is imperative your professional fire investigator is proficient in the NFPA 921 guidelines and procedures.

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 NFPA 921. For this and other questions, be sure to contact one of our subrogation attorneys.