Science Pub Omsi: How Fire Investigators Identify The Cause

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We’ve seen it before, a fire rages on the news, crowds gather and firefighters battle the flames. The tragic event leads to hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage, families are left without a home and someone remains critical in the burn unit. After the fire is out and just a skeleton of a building remains, fire investigators work to determine the answer to the still-burning question, “How did it start?”

In this lecture, Certified Fire Investigator Nicole Fuge will discuss how fire investigators use science, pattern-interpretation and evidence to find the cause of fires. She will explain some of the basic science behind fire behavior and she will walk you through a fire investigation where you will be able to determine, accident or arson?

Nicole joined the Clackamas County Fire Investigation Team as a student in 1996. Her experience includes over 19 years in the fire service in both career and volunteer departments. She has held positions as a Firefighter, Training Specialist, Fire Inspector, Fire Lieutenant and Fire Investigator.

Nicole has been honored with the Oregon EMS Medal of Valor; the Vic Atiyeh Distinguished Achievement Award (the highest honor given at the Oregon Basic Police Academy), and the Lee M. Bown Scholastic Achievement Award.

Nicole is currently assigned as a sworn Fire/Arson Investigator and Police Officer in Portland, Oregon where her duties include the investigation of residential, commercial, vehicle, and outdoor fires, including those complicated by explosions, injuries, arson, fatalities, or greater alarms. She also conducts fire-related criminal investigations. At this time, she has conducted over 800 fire investigations in the city of Portland alone.
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By: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)

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