Trades & Services

Fire Investigator

Fire investigators determine the origin and cause of fires and explosions.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor's degree + post-graduate qualification / training

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Fire Investigator do?

Fire investigators determine the origin and cause of fires and explosions. They may also inspect or examine buildings to detect fire hazards and ensure that fire codes are met.


Work activities

As a fire investigator, you might:

  • collect and analyse evidence from scenes of fires and explosions
  • reconstruct the scene of a fire or arson
  • send evidence to laboratories to be tested for fingerprints or an accelerant
  • document evidence by taking photographs and creating diagrams
  • determine the origin and cause of a fire
  • keep detailed records and protect evidence for use in court proceedings
  • testify in civil and criminal legal proceedings.

Key skills and interests

To become a fire investigator, you would need:

  • an aptitude for numbers and calculations
  • sound judgement
  • able to pay attention to detail
  • good communication skills
  • able to work as part of a team
  • willingness to keep up to date with professional development and new investigation methods.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

Fire investigators must be ready to respond when a fire happens, so often work evenings, weekends, and public holidays.


Fire investigators work in both offices and in the field.


How to become an Fire Investigator?

Entry Level Education

Fire investigators usually have previous work experience in a fire or police department. They attend training courses and receive on-the-job training in inspection and investigation.

Fire investigators must have at least a Graduate Diploma of Fire Investigation or an equivalent Graduate Diploma completed at an Australian university or overseas equivalent. 


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of fire investigators is projected to grow slower than the average for all occupations.

Because government bodies employ the majority of all fire investigators, the growth in number of roles available is generally determined by government funding.


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