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Fire and Rescue Commission


Certification and Training - NC Fire Investigation Technician

Traffic Incident Management (TIMS)

Course Description

NOTE: TIMS is not a certification. TIMS is required for all certifications. (with the exception of Chief 101.)

FIP 7000 Traffic Incident Management Recommended Hours - 4

This course is designed to establish the foundation for and promote consistent training of all responders to achieve the three objectives of the TIM National Unified Goal: responder safety; safe, quick clearance from incidents; and prompt, reliable, interoperable communications. This course will familiarize fire and rescue personnel with the purpose of the Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP 2) and National TIM (Traffic Incident Management) Responder Training Program and how it relates specifically to North Carolina. Participants will learn to recognize and identify the dangers encountered by emergency responders working in or near traffic.

Course management details:

Credit for TIMS must come from the Delivery Agencies via FIP 7000

The NC Fire and Rescue Commission TIMS program (FIP 7000) will be the only TIMS course that will be accepted. TIMS FIP 7000 must be taught by a Fire and Rescue Instructor Level 2 who is qualified to teach Technical Rescuer, Fire Fighter or Driver Operator certification programs. (NCDOT, NFA, etc. programs will not be accepted.)

No prior credit or will be accepted.

Course content will be available via the OSFM website.

TIMS "will not" be delivered via on-line or hybrid delivery.

North Carolina Fire Investigation Technician

Fire Investigation Technician (Course FIP 9062)

The NC Fire Investigation Technician certification program, follows NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator and establishes the minimum job performance requirements for fire investigators. This program is 80 hours in length and provides the student with lecture and a series of hands on practical exercises.

General Class Requirements

  • Maximum number of students: thirty (30)
  • Strongly recommend maintaining alternates to insure a full class.
  • Classes delivered over a period of two weeks.
  • Target structure must be available before the class is scheduled (i.e., have the structure)
  • OSFM will contact the delivery agency to guarantee the structure is ready to burn and all permits are in hand prior to the beginning of the class.
  • If the structure is not ready and all the required permits have not been obtained, the class will be cancelled.
  • Facilities to accommodate the maximum allotment of students plus staff. Adequate audio/video equipment for coursedelivery.
  • A minimum of three vehicles, two acquired structures and or burn cells to be burned and investigated for practical exercises.
  • Personnel and equipment necessary to extinguish fires in vehicles, structures or burn cells.

Required Equipment and Personnel

  • PPE (boots, gloves, dust mask and hardhat to meet departmental requirements)
  • Digital camera, note pads/pens, and computer or USB storage device for presentations
  • Tape measure; digital or manual
  • Jones & Bartlett: Fire Investigator, 4th edition. The final exam comes from this text. It is the students responsibility to read the text. The exam will be given on Friday of the second week of instruction. The student must make a 70 or above.

Prerequisites for Students

A signed letter from their department head of their sponsoring agency.

Students must complete the following pre-requisite classes prior from

  • Basic Electricity
  • Documenting the Event
  • Ethics and Fire Investigators
  • Fire Investigator Scene Safety
  • Scientific Method

Students will be required to present certificates of completion from the above pre-requisites

NC Fire Investigation Technician NFPA 1033

NC Fire Investigation Technician NFPA 1033
Course ID Course Title Recommended Hours
FIP-9062 Fire Investigation Technician 80