Envista Featured in Expert Witness Journal: Subrogation Advantages of a Protocol and Use of the Scientific Approach In Fire & Explosion InvestigationsOctober 03, 2019
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA 1033 has been around since 1977 in one form or another, but has only recently, since about 1987 had any real influence. In 2009, however, NFPA 1033 truly had a monumental impact and every publication of the document since that time has compounded on that impact.
The Monumental Impact
NFPA 1033 identified 13 different and specific knowledge requirements for Fire & Explosion investigators to utilise a protocol basis for their investigations and maintain above the high school level. Then in the 2014 edition of NFPA 1033, the list of 13 knowledge-based topics grew to 16.
NFPA 921 from 1992 to present has been revised through a consensus of industry professionals ranging from insurance, fire agencies, law enforcement and private/public fire investigators and many others.
NFPA 921 was not designed to be a comprehensive engineering or scientific text, this document tells the professional how to properly perform their investigation in detail. It was created to further eliminate what in the early days of Fire & Explosion Investigations was called junk science and provide “a systematic, working framework by which effective fire and explosion investigations and origin and cause analysis can be accomplished”.
How does this relate to subrogation?
NFPA 1033 sets forth the mandatory Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) which set up a specific protocol of performance requirements when a Fire Investigator is assigned to conduct a scene examination. Following this protocol ensures the investigator conducts a complete and thorough scene examination.
This is where NFPA 921 comes into play. It is a playbook of how to properly use the scientific method. This document is over 300 pages of scientific and engineering discussion compiled by many professionals in the fire and explosion profession with the intent to ensure all fire and explosion investigations are appropriately and scientifically conducted.