International Training Conference & Expo


Vehicle Fire Investigation – Determining the Origin

Thursday, April 14, 2022 (1:00pm – 5:00pm) (Ballroom 5)

This presentation will provide the students with basic knowledge and requirements according to NFPA 921 in order to investigate vehicle fires. This presentation provides the students with real cases of vehicle fires worked and how to accurately examine burn patterns to be able to determine a vehicle fire origin.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the investigative techniques used to analyze a vehicle fire.

  • Identify the fire fuels present in vehicles.

  • Identify potential ignition sources present in vehicles.

  • Discuss the various vehicle systems and components as related to fire cause.

  • Discuss the body systems in a vehicle and how they may affect a vehicle fire.

  • Explain how to document a vehicle fire scene.

  • Discuss the process used in the examination of a vehicle fire.

  • Discuss special considerations for vehicle fires.

  • Definitions from NFPA 921 2021 edition

  • Observe fire patterns


Chris Ellis

Chris joined the fire service in 1996, and works for the Sharonville Fire Department where he serves as a Battalion Chief and also serves as a Reserve Police Officer with the Amberley Village Police Department. Chris is member of the Hamilton County FIU where he currently the Central Team Captain. Chris holds the IAAI credentials of CFI, CI, ECT, FIT, and the Vehicle Fire Endorsement, as well as an ATF ADC handler. Chris also holds the CFEI and CVFI through NAFI. He is a current board member of the Ohio IAAI, and serves as the training committee chair.