Motor Vehicle Fire & Theft Investigations

The Michigan Arson Prevention Committee offers several training opportunities for motor vehicle fires and theft investigations.  Classes consist of both classroom, live burn and scene processing.  These classes are conducted with the assistance of expert investigators and automotive engineers who are responsible for vehicle investigations.


Live Burn

This 8 hr. program is conducted at a salvage yard.  The vehicles are donated and burned demonstrating several accidental and intentionally set fires.  Students get to observe how the vehicles burn and then examine them following extinguishment.



32 Hour School 

This program has a 2 day classroom portion followed by a 2 day practical portion that includes live burns of vehicles.  This program dedicates time to vehicle anti-theft systems as well.



Prosecutor School

Each year the Michigan Arson Prevention Committee coordinates with the Michigan State Police - Basic Fire Investigation School and offers the Prosecutor School.  This school gives prosecutors an opportunity to learn more about fire investigations and arson.  They will work together with students from the Basic Fire Investigation School, process a fire scene and conduct a mock trial.  There is no fee for this school but class size is limited.  Please contact the MAPC for more information.


Mock Trial

A big thank you to Judge Timothy M Kenny, James Hewson of Hewson & VanHellemont and Louisa Papala of the Wayne County Prosecutor office for participating in the Detroit Arson Training Mock Trial.

Juvenile Firesetting


Juvenile Firesetting

Children playing with matches, Juvenile firesetting, Firestarting. These are all phrases that describe a problem that has been receiving a growing amount of attention - and rightfully so.

The United State Fire Administration reports that between 25-40 percent of all fires are set by children. In some areas, the figure is as high as 70 percent. National figures also show that about 300 people are killed and $280 million in property is destroyed in fires attributed to children playing with fire.

Why do so many children - why does any child - light fires? More importantly, what can we do to stop them?

Children of all ages set fires. Each year children set about 100,000 fires nationwide, approximately 20,000 of those are set in homes. Children make up 20% of all fire deaths, and about 30% of the fires that kill children, are set by children.

The MAPC and USFA encourage parents to teach children at an early age about the dangers of fireplay.

Each year the Michigan Arson Prevention Committee offers a Youth Fire & Life Safety Conference.  Please contact the MAPC for more information.