FI-210, Wildland Fire Origin and Cause Determination, 2016

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The primary purpose of this course is to provide a consistent knowledge and skill base for the Wildland Fire Investigator (INVF). The concepts taught in this course will help an INVF perform at an acceptable level on a national basis without regard to geographic boundaries. The course is presented by lectures, electronic presentations, field exercises, and class discussion.


  • Perform the common roles and responsibilities of an INVF involved in an initial investigation environment.
  • Practice wildland fire investigation methods, evidence collection and documentation processes in a realistic environment.
  • Identify the laws, regulations and related court procedures associated with administrative, civil and criminal litigation processes.
  • Describe the fundamentals of investigation.
  • Know the elements of professional code of ethics.

Target Group

Recommended training for experienced fire personnel and law enforcement officers with wildland fire investigation responsibilities.


FI-210 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course work1
Pre-selection assessment1
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training36
Total Hours38

Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for FI-210 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Recommend students have law enforcement or firefighter experience. An interactive, self-paced precourse work will familiarize students with the background information necessary to successfully complete the course.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Course Level


Associated Position Task Books

Wildland Fire Investigator (PMS 311-66)



Functional Area: 
Prevention and Investigation
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