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Fire Theory


Combustion is an exothermic process between a fuel source and a form of oxygen that produces heat and light. Sources of fuel can be in the form of a gas, liquid, cellulose (wood), metal, or plastic. Oxygen can be in the form of gaseous oxygen or combined in the form of hypochlorites, chlorates, perchlorates, nitrates, chromates, oxides, peroxides, or other oxidizer.

The combustion process can be in either a flaming type or a flameless (glow) surface type. The flaming type of combustion is represented by a tetrahedron. Each side represents one of the four requirements of the tetrahedron, temperature, a form of oxygen, fuel, and an uninhibited chain reaction (very short lived).












C.F.I. - Certified Fire Investigator

I.A.A.I. - International Association of Arson Investigators

T.C.L.E.O.S.E. - Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards & Education

T.C.F.P. - Texas Commission on Fire Protection

F.D. - Fire Department

N.F.P.A. - National Fire Protection Agency

N.C.T.C.O.G. - North Central Texas Council of Governments

L.L.C. - Limited Liability Corporation

D.A.R.E. - Drug Abuse Recognition Education

S.W.A.T. - Special Weapons & Tactics

Arson - When a person starts a fire, regardless of whether the fire continues after ignition, or causes an explosion with intent to damage or destroy property.

Collection - The collection of items. A group of objects or an amount of material accumulated in one location, especially for some purpose or as a result of some process.

Investigation - searching for ascertaining facts. detailed or careful examination of an incident set of circumstances, or hypothesis.

Retention - To keep possession of in accordance with an established standard or section of law.