Wabash valley fire fighters trained as fire investigators

Vincennes Fire Department members are being trained as state certified fire investigators.

Posted: Mar 4, 2019 6:36 PM

VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) - Josh Trotter is a three year veteran of the Vincennes fire department. Growing up his dad was in law enforcement. When it came time to find a career, Josh decided to stick with public service.

Trotter says, "It's really something new every day and exciting. You never know what you're going to get into."

Recently that something new has been fire investigation. The department is providing an investigation course for all its firefighters.

Trotter explains, "It's interesting to see how the fire starts and the progression of it. The thing, the little bits, and pieces you find out between from the time that you're there fighting the fire and putting the fire out. Up to a week or two later."

The department hopes this training gives firefighters a sharper eye when arriving to a scene.

Fire chief Sonny Pinkstaff says "It opens their eyes a little bit that this may be a piece of evidence that we may need to conserve. So we'll keep it more intact, if you will, as opposed to just throwing it out the window."

Courses include classroom and practical tests. Firefighters are state certified fire investigators after completing the course.

Pinkstaff says, "Each and every fireman, I feel, is going to benefit from this training immensely. And then us as a department is going to benefit immensely."

For Trotter, that benefit is following in his father's footsteps.

Trotter says, "It definitely is something that interests me. I think I'm going to stick with it and see where it goes."

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