Lights help fire and arson investigators work more efficiently, stay safer, and document the scene more accurately and thoroughly. In this article, we'll look at several types of lights that are used for investigating the fire scene, searching for evidence, and photographing the scene.
As a fire or arson investigator, you are tasked with inspecting a fire scene to determine the cause and point of origin of the fire. You’ll be searching for evidence that could determine if it started from accidental vs intentional means.
In this process, you will photograph the scene, secure and collect evidence, and analyze for chemical evidence. You may also need to inspect the integrity of the structure to determine integrity.
Needs and Pain Points
Unstable and dangerous environment - After a fire, a building can be structurally unsound for investigators. The framing is compromised from the fire (if it's still standing) and the floor is covered in broken and jagged debris. Just walking through the area is a safety hazard, especially when it's dark.
No power on site - Most buildings have the power shut off during and after a fire, leaving investigators at a loss for light to inspect and document the scene. Interior rooms can be even darker and difficult to work in.
Dirty and Toxic Work Area - A fire scene is full of soot, debris, water, and potentially chemicals from the fire suppression. These conditions are harmful to investigators but are also harsh on equipment used to investigate and process the scene.
Everything is black - After a fire, almost everything is burned dark, and even black. That makes the scene darker and harder to inspect in rooms with no lights. Cameras also have a hard time achieving proper exposure when the scene is completely black and charred.
Your investigation team is small - Investigation teams are often 1-2 person teams, so it is essential that you can transport and manage all of your equipment around a fire scene with ease.
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How Do These Solutions Help Fire Investigators?
You can work faster and more efficiently with lights that deploy in seconds.
Lights are easily cleaned and decontaminated after investigations. All FoxFury lights are completely waterproof (IPX7).
Be confident that lights can handle the unforgiving conditions of the fire scene.
Enjoy less stress and fewer miscommunications on the scene with silent operation.
Now, let's look at how each of these different lights can be used and how they can benefit your investigation.
360 Scene Light
The Nomad 360 scene light provides 360°, area or spot beams giving you more options to fit your needs. It features a long runtime of 3-24 hours to last all the way through the night.
The 8 1/2’ maximum height extends over walls and vehicles for even illumination. The extended height also keeps the light out of your eye line for less brightness fatigue.
Cordless design reduces the potential for contamination of evidence, trip hazards, and light positioning constraints.
Quickly and easily position the light where you need it.
Experience less physical and eye fatigue in a well-lit scene.
Better overall illumination that helps your cameras capture better quality images.
The FoxFury Nomad® NOW is a compact and versatile scene light with a built-in carry handle. It can function as a lantern or be mounted to a tripod or magnet to deliver up to 3,300 lumens of field lighting.
This cordless, rechargeable LED light can operate as a spotlight or flood light (by sliding the diffuser lens) with a run time of up to 24 hours.
Compact enough to fit in compact spaces.
It’s built to be dropped, shoved, submerged, kicked, and whatever else you will do to it.
You can mount the NOW on tripods, stands, on walls, or hang it from hooks.
FoxFury Command+ LED headlamps and helmet lights are rugged and compact. A wide light beam provides panoramic lighting and immediate situation assessment. See colors more accurately with True to Life™ LED technology.
Tilt and LoPro versions will fit most types of helmets. The Command+ is available in AA or rechargeable battery versions to meet your operation's needs.
Have hands-free light always illuminating where you are looking
Experience less eye fatigue with a broad, even beam
Be more visible and safer on the scene with the Rear Safety LED