Southern Platte Fire Protection District uses an effective program to investigate and determine the cause and origin of fires that may endanger life and/or property.

Certified fire/arson investigators are the core of this program. They work directly under the Prevention Division. In cooperation with the fire ground company officer, these individuals determine the cause and origin of fires when requested or when critical incidents occur.

Southern Platte’s fire investigators are certified by the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office as a “Fire Investigator.” Investigations are conducted under the auspices of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. NFPA 921 is a nationally recognized standard for investigators across the nation. The purpose of NFPA 921 is to establish guidelines and recommendations for the safe, systematic investigation and analysis of fire and explosion incidents. Fire investigation analysis and the accurate determination of causes of fires are fundamental to the protection of lives and property within Southern Platte’s district.