NFPA 921’s Impact on Fire Scene Reconstruction

Report Date: January 2004

Over the last few decades, there have been major changes to the profession of fire investigation. Recently there has been a change in emphasis for fire investigations to rely on knowledge of fire behavior and the scientific method to determine fire origin and cause determinations. This article from Fire Protection Engineering, the technical journal of the  Society of Fire Protection Engineers, provides an overview of the scientific methods covered in NFPA 921, the Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.


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  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers

    The Society of Fire Protection Engineers was established in 1950 and incorporated as an independent organization in 1971. It is the professional society representing those practicing the field of fire protection engineering. The Society has over 4500 members globally and over 60 regional chapters.

    The purpose of the Society is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering and its allied fields, to maintain a high ethical standard among its members and to foster fire protection engineering education.

    The Society supports the development of the annual Professional Engineer licensing exam in fire protection and the grading of those exams under the auspices of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying. Several volunteer committees and task groups work under the Society’s auspices on technical projects to further advance the state of the art.

    The Society’s activities include a series of educational seminars and short courses, technical symposia and conferences, books and publications, designed to advance the state of the art of fire protection engineering and provide technical information to the fire protection community. The Society publishes a quarterly newsletter SFPE Today, a peer reviewed quarterly Journal, and a quarterly technical magazine Fire Protection Engineering.

Icove, David J. “NFPA 921’s Impact on Fire Scene Reconstruction”. Fire Protection Engineering, 01 Jan 2004. Retrieved from 

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