Fire Investigation Fire Standard Glossary

Glossary of Terms

Justice system processes

This encompasses all processes related to the justice system, including (but not limited to) coroners court.

Source: Fire Standards Board

Valid fire investigations

This includes both those who are recruited into paid or unpaid roles from outside of the service and those who transfer, progress or change duties within a service.

Source: Fire Standards Board

Community Risk Management Planning

The methodology used to conduct fire investigations, ensuring and evidencing accuracy and logic.

Source; NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations

Equality of Access

The responsibility of ensuring all services and information provided by a fire and rescue service to the public or within their organisation, is inclusive and accessible.

Source: NFCC Equality of Access 

Interested parties

These may be any person(s), stakeholders or organisations that work with or are impacted by Fire Investigation teams.

Source: Fire Standards Board

Quality assurance

The quality assurance of the conclusions reached in a Fire Investigation and the process and methodology used.

Quality assurance is achieved through peer and critical findings reviews and are detailed within the relevant codes.

Source: UKAS-RG 201:2013, Accreditation of Bodies Carrying Out Scene of Crime ExaminationCode of Practice for Investigators of Fires and Explosions for the Justice Systems in the UK and Forensic Science Regulator, Forensic science providers: codes of practice and conduct

Sustainable fire investigation workforce

A workforce that through considered capacity planning and with the right support and training mechanisms in place, can meet the current and future demands of the Fire Investigation function.

Source: Fire Standards Board