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Monday to Friday

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Dublin, Belfast.

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Education / Resources


Fire and Explosion Investigation Leeds University

This course has been extensively revamped and now aims to provide a large part of the scientific knowledge and understanding needed in Fire Investigation within the framework of the new relevant legislation. The course will be delivered by a large team of practitioners and academics, all experts in their particular fields of contribution. Example calculations and scientific analyses and over 100 case-studies will be used by the speakers to demonstrate clearly the application and significance of science principles in fire investigation. The course is part of the Masters programme in Fire and Explosion Engineering here at Leeds. The syllabus of the course covers the breadth and far exceeds the depth of the subjects required for the IFE membership Examination Paper: Fire Investigation.

Gardiner Associates Fire Investigation Training North Essex

Gardiner Associates is the UK’s major provider of inter-agency fire investigation training to police and fire authorities. The company ethos is that training should be delivered by people who possess and practice intrinsic skills in the subject areas that they teach. To that end, from its launch in 1996, Gardiner Associates has assembled a multi-disciplined team of practitioners. These professionals, who are amongst the most highly experienced and skilled in their disciplines, bring to the classroom and the training ground a wealth of practical insight and technique. The team continues to provide a range of ‘best value’ training options. Representatives of the majority of British fire and police authorities and forensic science laboratories have already attended our training programmes and in the past the Forensic Science Service has used our practical training facilities to assess and accredit its own scientists.

Taught Postgraduate Degree Courses – MSc Fire and Explosion Engineering

Fire and Explosion Engineering Postgraduate Programme


In just a brief duration of time – in a few minutes or even in a fraction of a second –a fire or an explosion can have catastrophic consequences in residential buildings or in industrial plant.Some single incidents cost millions of pounds, such as the Windsor Castle fire. The Sandoz industrial fire devastated 500 miles of the Rhine River. Explosion initiated fires can cause severe devastation: in the Piper Alpha disaster in the North Sea, 167 lives were lost and the financial loss exceeded a billion pounds sterling, and the explosion of a gas facility in San Juan Ixuatepec, Mexico killed 262. Loss of life in fires is commonplace and can be in large numbers, as in the Bradford football stadium fire and the Kings Cross fire.

In addition to this programme, we also offer an MTP in Sustainable Energy Engineering.

The total monetary cost of fire and explosions (of losses and safety provision) in the UK is estimated at £5 billion per year or approximately 1% of GDP.

At present, professionals in fire protection engineering come from a variety of undergraduate degree backgrounds, including civil, chemical, mechanical and electrical engineering. Most gain their relevant fire and/or explosion expertise ‘on-the-job’ and by attending Continuing Professional Development short courses.

A complex and fast changing legislative framework and a move towards performance based standards, necessitate a fundamentally based scientific / engineering approach to fire and explosion protection design, of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary nature. There is therefore a strong national and international need for high level training in this area.

Fire Science and Fire Investigation Course Edinburgh

Course description

The Fire Science and Fire Investigation Course is a 3½ day residential course, hosted by The University of Edinburgh’s Fire Safety Engineering Group.

The course is presented by speakers who are all well-known and highly respected experts in their field, and covers a wide range of topics, including ignition sources, investigation at the fire scene, explosions, wilful fire raising and more, through a combination of lectures and case studies.

A fire investigation may be required for any one of a number of reasons, ranging from a desire to understand the processes and prevent recurrence, to a need to establish liability or detect criminal acts. This popular and highly respected course, now in its 23rd year, assumes a basic knowledge of the subject and builds on either scientific training or experience from other courses.

The main objective of the course is to show how scientific principles can be used by the fire investigator to interpret a fire scene and determine inter alia how a fire started and how it spread. To this end, the course begins with lectures on fire science and compartment fire dynamics which provide the basis for understanding fire behaviour. Case Studies are presented to illustrate how the principles are applied and delegates have the opportunity to examine items recovered from scenes of fire which have evidential value.

  • Forensic Science & Chemistry Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge

Forensic Science is the study and application of scientific disciplines and techniques that may be used to produce evidence acceptable in a court of law. The subject has been taught at the Cambridge campus of Anglia Ruskin University since 1998, and continued growth and investment of over £4m has meant that today we are able to offer a range of courses which accurately reflect the needs of our students and the current market. Moreover, all of our programmes are taught by a team of dedicated staff, with a large number years of active casework and research experience between them.

  • University of Central Lancashire

Course in Fire Investigation
Fire Investigation is the analysis of fire-related incidents and is a highly multi-disciplinary area. Fire investigators need knowledge of fire behaviour, scene management, analytical chemistry and investigative skills. The course is designed for those from a range of backgrounds who are employed, or who wish to pursue a career, in the area of Fire Investigation, working for fire and rescue services, insurance companies or independent agencies, or as a Crime Scene Investigator or Forensic Scientist.

The course covers fire science and fire behaviour, fire investigation and analytical science, and provides students with research skills and knowledge of being an expert witness in the English legal system. Guided teaching and formal assessments will enhance the development of transferable skills such report-writing, maintenance of casenotes, formal presentations, participation in discussions, ability to work to deadlines, computing skills, public speaking, scientific analysis, and adherence and development of laboratory protocols.


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Fire Statistics

Republic of Ireland
This Department provides the planning and legislative framework for the enforcement of fire safety and the operation of the fire service through the Fire Services Act, 1981. Advice and guidance is given to fire authorities on fire safety and on emergency planning. Guidance on fire safety is also given to those in charge of premises. Financial assistance is provided to fire authorities by way of grants towards the cost of providing fire stations and the purchase of fire appliances and emergency and rescue equipment including communications equipment. The section also publishes the national fire statistics.


Northern Ireland

Fire statistics monitors

This NIFRS Statistical Report covers the period of 2003 to 2008 and provides information most frequently requested by our stakeholders on various aspects of NIFRS Business.


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