Fire Debris Analysis
- Eric Stauffer, School of Criminal Sciences, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
- Julia Dolan, Senior Forensic Chemist, Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Ammendale, MD,U.S.A.
- Reta Newman, Laboratory Director, Pinellas County Forensic Laboratory, Largo, FL, U.S.A.
The study of fire debris analysis is vital to the function of all fire investigations, and, as such, Fire Debris Analysis is an essential resource for fire investigators. The present methods of analysis include the use of gas chromatography and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, techniques which are well established and used by crime laboratories throughout the world. However, despite their universality, this is the first comprehensive resource that addresses their application to fire debris analysis.Fire Debris Analysis covers topics such as the physics and chemistry of fire and liquid fuels, the interpretation of data obtained from fire debris, and the future of the subject. Its cutting-edge material and experienced author team distinguishes this book as a quality reference that should be on the shelves of all crime laboratories.
Primary readers include fire debris analysts in crime laboratories, fire investigators who would like to learn more about fire debris analysis (what happens to the evidence after it is collected), professors and training instructors teaching fire investigation, and forensic science at universities and educational organizations.Secondary readers include forensic consultants (generalists), and attorneys involved in criminal cases and litigation involving the analysis of fire debris.