The newest addition to the fire investigation bookshelf comes from a very different perspective, at least for American readers. Edited by Niamh Nic Daéid, Senior Lecturer in the Forensic Science Unit at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow (who herself has considerable expertise in various aspects of fire investigation), the book draws upon first-class subject experts to write about what they know best. In British practice, the laboratory-based forensic scientist is often directly involved in many more aspects of fire investigations than in the U.S. From scene investigation and cause and origin determination to the identification of materials and ignition processes, and testing of materials in both accidental and intentionally set fires, the forensic lab is called upon by public- and private sector investigators. In the U.S. the forensic lab analyst is most often charged only with fire debris analysis, with fire and police investigators doing nearly everything else.
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