CHARLOTTE, Mich (WLNS) – So, how do communities prepare for fires?
Today the Michigan State Police hosted a fire investigation school to help people learn fire scene preservation and investigations.
Training included where fires can start, how to determine what caused it, arson motives and even vehicle fires.
Students also participated in a mock crime scene where they got to put their new skills into action.
“It’s helping us to appreciate basic fire chemistry, fire dynamics, fire behavior and how it relates to fire and things we need to do as an investigator in order to be totally safe,” explained Sterling Heights fire inspector Kevin Ferguson.
Jeff Yonker of the Michigan State Police Training Academy explains the exercise involved “preparing a sketch, showing the layout of residence and the contents inside so they’re taking the same approach as they would actually out in the field.”
This is the 73rd class hosted by the Michigan State Police.