Fire investigation policies and practices in the UK

Authored by: James Munday , Mick Gardiner

Handbook of Forensic Science

Print publication date:  July  2009
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9781843923121
eBook ISBN: 9781843927327
Adobe ISBN: 9781134028634

10.4324/9781843927327.ch10

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Abstract

James Munday joined the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory in 1972, working mainly in criminalistics, and moved into full-time fire and explosion investigation in 1979. He left the Laboratory in 1998 to set up a private consultancy in the UK. In 2003 he relocated to New South Wales, Australia although his services are available worldwide. He has investigated almost 3,000 fire scenes including over 350 fatal incidents, and carried out laboratory tests on materials from more than 1,000 others. During the past ten years Jim has been heavily involved in devising and delivering training programmes and helping to create national standards of competence for investigators. He also has a special interest in the interpretation of thermal damage distribution on people involved in fires. A frequent lecturer, with many publications, most recently the Disaster and Emergency Management Handbook (Butterworth Tolley 2003), he is also a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers, holds the Diploma of the Forensic Science Society in Fire Investigation and is an IAAI Certified Fire Investigator. In 2007 Jim was made a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society.

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