Fire Investigation

Fire Investigator Team  

The Wake Forest Fire Investigator Team (WFFIT) was developed in January 2011. The purpose of the program is to provide a needed service of origin and cause determination to the community and town.  

The Fire Investigator Program provides a proactive approach to satisfy current Uniform Fire Code and future Accreditation. The Uniform Fire Code 104.2 grants the authority to individual fire departments to promptly conduct fire cause and origin of each and every fire occurring within its jurisdiction. NC General Statute (NCGS) 58-79-1 also states that each fire shall be investigated to determine cause and origin of all incidents that result in loss of life or property damage. 

In an effort to provide and improve services to the community, remain consistent with our department and town strategic goals, we formed the Investigator Team. The forming of such a team will enhance our goal of accreditation along with shaping our fire prevention and educational curriculums. 


  • Captain Bryan Wright

  • Captain Justin Brown (Certified Fire Investigator)

  • Captain Kyle Mangum

  • Lieutenant Johnathon Whitley

  • Battalion Chief Jeremey Blake (Certified Fire Investigator)

  • Marshall (Ignitable Liquid Detection Canine)

Certified Fire Investigator

Becoming a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) investigator is a rigorous and time-consuming process that can take up to four years.

Education, class instruction, and experience are all considered before being allowed to test for CFI. When taking the CFI test, you are are tested on your knowledge in these areas:

  • NFPA 921, Guide for Fire And Explosion Investigations

  • NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator

  • Kirk’s Fire Investigator Book

  • IFSTA Fire Investigator Book

Investigator Levels

The WFFD utilizes three levels to classify investigators:

1. Investigator in Training
  • 21 years of age

  • 5 years of service with WFFD

  • Officer II

  • Complete the following training courses on

    • Basic Electricity

    • Documenting the Event

    • Ethics and Fire Investigators

    • Scientific Method

    • Fire Investigator Scene Safety

2. Investigator
  • All requirements for Investigator in Training

  • Should have or be working on AS Degree in a fire field of study (helps to obtain points for NC CFI packet)

  • Completed NC Fire Investigator Technician Course (FIT) or recognized equivalent (Required for NCCFI Certification)

3. CFI Investigator
  • Should have all above requirements

  • NC CFI certification

*To obtain a NC CFI certification you must have completed NC CFI Certification Packet, obtained NC Fire Investigator Technician Course (FIT) and passed NCOSFM CFI certification exam.

Canine Team

The requirements for Canine and Handler Team are identified in the Ignitable Liquid Canine SOG. 

Canine and handler must complete a lengthy training process to certify the handler and canine. After the initial training and certification of Canine Team, the handler and canine must perform daily training and in-service training once a month by a third party.  The canine and handler must also recertify every year.

Our Team at Work


Fire Station #1
420 Elm Ave.
Wake Forest, NC 27587