Wildfire Arson Prevention Guide
- Available for pre-order on March 3, 2023. Item will ship after March 24, 2023
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Wildfire arson is often considered an impossible crime to solve. Likewise, offenders frequently consider themselves undetectable. And many agencies often do not have the specialist skills necessary to investigate those responsible for serial wildfire ignitions. As such, perpetrators continue to light fires with little to no likelihood of being caught. An ongoing series of deliberately lit wildfires can result in significant financial and environmental consequences and put life and property at risk.
This Wildlife Arson Prevention Guide provides law enforcement, land management and fire agency investigators with frameworks, strategies, and tactics—that can be adopted to address deliberate wildfire ignitions in their jurisdiction. Often this crime is automatically given to law enforcement agencies to solve in isolation, whereas a collaborative approach across key agencies has proven essential in apprehending offenders.
This valuable guidebook fills a void in the literature, detailing a collaborative approach through the adoption of successful best practice investigation techniques. Many may be applicable to—and better serve—smaller rural communities, while others can be adopted in more populated wildfire prone areas. The book recognises that some small rural agencies may have less capacity to address the issue and may need to modify the recommended methods; ideally, the text encourages the establishment of collaborative arrangements to work with larger or adjoining agencies, to help solve their serial wildfire arson cases. The book highlights successfully adopted measures that can be embraced by key agencies who have a responsibility in wildfire ignition prevention.
Currently, no similar all-encompassing handbook exists to guide agencies to address this growing worldwide problem. The strategies and tactics are presented in a format that can be easily aligned to jurisdictions within countries that are at risk of wildfire. The commonly recognised motives behind wildfire arson are detailed to provide agency investigators a background to this often-misunderstood offence.
The Wildlife Arson Prevention Guide provides the tools that will help authorities to identify those responsible and result in stronger, safer communities.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1: Recognized Wildfire Arson Motives 2: The Wildfire Arson Investigation Challenge 3: Investigation Cooperation and Collaboration 4: Analysis of Wildfire Events 5: Collaborative Wildfire Investigation Tactics 6: Community Engagement 7: Firefighter Arson 8: Training 9: Conclusion
Richard Woods, AFSM has had 39-year career initially in law enforcement and later in rural fire management in Australia. He established the fire investigation capability for the NSW Rural Fire Service and as a long-term member of North American National Wildfire Co-ordinating Group Wildland Fire Investigation Sub Committee, introduced the Wildland Fire Investigation Case Development Course to Australia. In 2010, as Co-Chair of the National Bushfire Arson Prevention Working Group, he developed Australia’s Bushfire Arson Prevention arrangements. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in Wildfire Investigation with Charles Sturt University and is the Director of an international consultancy, Wildfire Investigations and Analysis. He is the current Chair of the International Association of Arson Investigators Wildland Fire Investigation Committee In 2013, he was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for his commitment to wildfire investigation. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Fire Investigation and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management.