- Series: Protocols in Forensic Science (Book 5)
- Hardcover: 646 pages
- Publisher: CRC Press; 2 edition (October 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439875987
- ISBN-13: 978-1439875988
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #970,909 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
John J. Lentini has been at the center of most of the important developments in fire investigation in the past 30 years. He began his career at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Laboratory in 1974. He has been at the center of the standardization of both laboratory and field investigations of fires. As co-chair of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Forensic Science Committee, he was the principal author of the first laboratory standards published by the IAAI in 1988. He was the first civilian elected to the ABC Board of Directors and among the first group of individuals certified by the ABC as Fellows in fire debris analysis.
He has been a contributor to the development of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, and a member of the NFPA’s Technical Committee on Fire Investigations since 1996. His study of the Oakland Hills fire in 1991 resulted in a rethinking of much of the conventional wisdom in fire investigation, and his laboratory work has resulted in research papers that are standard works in the field. He is a frequent invited speaker on the subject of the standard of care in fire investigation and laboratory analysis of fire debris, as well as on the progress of standardization in the forensic sciences.
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From the first chapter titled "Fire and Science", to the last, "The Professional Practice of Fire Investigation", I found Mr. Lentini's book to be informative, engaging, and a must have source that should always be close at hand.
As a side note: In my opinion, any fire investigator wanting to truly understand the phenomena of fire should read chapter two "The Chemistry and Physics of Combustion".
Paul M. Sprague
That being said; I think there is a lot of value to the book and if you don't take it personally as a public fire investigator then I think you may see it as a challenge to do things better...
"Scientific Protocals" is an essential resource for investigators, lawyers and others who need to understand fire science, investigation and even the basics of litigating court cases in this field. It is very well organized, easy to read, and even genuinely interesting, even to a non-scientist like me.
As a lawyer who sees fire cases relatively often, I use this book in combination with NFPA 921 itself and Kirk's Fire Investigation. Each of them is essential in its own right, but I've found Mr. Lentini's book to be the most engaging and understandable (though I admit I stayed away from the hardcore chemistry chapter). The photographs in this book are exceptional as well, and show relevant details much more clearly than other books.
One suggestion I have for future editions is to make the index more all-encompassing to make things even easier to find.
Any current practitioner who fails to heed the advice (and fair warning) contained in the chapters on arson investigation mythology and sources of error in fire investigation, does so at their own peril.
No one can dispute Lentini's credentials, and no one who takes this profession seriously, can afford to overlook this significant work.
Simply, a must have text for the modern fire investigative professional.
Clearly written to augment the principals presented in NFPA 921, Scientific Protocols is a terrific resource for both the new fire investigator or attorney needing to learn more about the basics of cause and origin investigation, as well as the seasoned, experienced fire investigator with a desire to keep abreast of the newest developments in the field.
Chapters 8 and 9 are especially enlightening, where the author explains some of the pitfalls of unreliable methodologies and the dangers of incorrect conclusions. The case studies discussed in chapter 9 are helpful to any fire investigator, regardless of experience, in understanding how the procedures and methodologies explained in the text are put to use in real world cases. And the discussion of fire modeling (Chapter 3) is a ‘must read’ for anyone trying to understand the strengths and weaknesses of applying this methodology to the needs of fire investigation.
Overall, I strongly recommend Scientific Protocols for Fire Investigation to anyone involved in Fire Investigation.