National Wildfire Coordinating Group

FI-310, Wildland Fire Investigation: Case Development, 2011

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This course provides an introduction into the law enforcement case development of major wildland arson, including serial arson. Students are instructed in strategies and tactics to combat serial wildland arson and work in groups to develop a case plan and presentation based on an actual wildland arson case. Course includes extensive pre-course work reading, exercises, and a test. Due to the sensitive nature of the materials in this course, the course is maintained by the Wildland Fire Investigation Subcommittee. See Roster for contact information at


  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of administrative and management functions related to the investigation of complex wildland fire cases.
  • Given a case file, the student will use his or her knowledge of advanced investigation methodology to analyze the data and properly identify any strengths and weaknesses associated with the case; determine necessary follow-up actions; and make assignments based on the analysis.
  • Review existing case file information and develop an investigative strategy that includes proper staffing and organizational structure; a written investigation plan; and an Incident Action Plan.
  • Identify and apply specific investigative strategies and administrative functions associated with the management of a complex serial arson investigation team or task force.
  • Prepare, collect, organize and disseminate all relevant investigative data.

Target Group

Personnel desiring to be qualified as wildland fire investigation team members (INTM).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

  • Qualified as wildland fire investigator (INVF).
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-selection assessment.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-course work.

Session Offerings

Sessions of this course may be available in the NWCG Wildland Fire Learning Portal (WFLP). Enrollment requires an account. Log on as a guest to search for session offerings of this course and to view other public content. To search for a specific course, use the FIND LEARNING menu at the top of the page, then select UPCOMING COURSES. To view Geographic Area training schedules, select the specific GEOGRAPHIC AREA information using the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.



FI-310 is available as classroom instructor-led training.

Course Components and Hours to Complete

Course Component Course Time
Pre-selection assessment 2
Pre-course work 13
Online training N/A
Instructor-led training 36
Total Hours 51

Course Level

Regional, state, or area

Minimum Instructor Qualifications

The lead and instructors must be qualified as wildland fire investigator (INVF) and have successfully completed FI-310, Wildland Fire Investigation: Case Development.

See NWCG Standards for Course Delivery, PMS 901-1, Instructor Standards for more information.


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