With over 35 years of skills, knowledge and involvement in firefighting, fire prevention, emergency medical assistance and investigation IGNIS Forensic Fire Investigations and Prevention was created to provide a remarkable, cost-effective service to all clients who may require any of our professional services.
We pride ourselves in delivering swift response so not to cause possible additional delays and financial prejudice. We understand the trauma involved when a fire occurs and the loss which invariably follows. Therefore, we have made it our Ethos to assist quickly, investigate effectively, report promptly and operate with integrity.
a Fire investigation is a complex endeavour involving skill, technology, knowledge, and science. The compilation of factual data, as well as an analysis of those facts, and should be accomplished objectively, truthfully, and without expectation bias, preconception, or prejudice. The basic methodology of the fire investigation relies on the use of a systematic approach and attention to all relevant details.
The systematic approach recommended is based on the scientific method, which is used in the physical sciences. This method provides an organizational and analytical process that is desirable and necessary in a successful fire investigation.
We are the only Forensic company in South Africa that has a fully certified accelerant detection canine team in private use. Our canines are highly trained on seven different accelerants as well as electrical arcing and they assist us with great accuracy to deliver a premium investigative service to all our public and private sector clients.
We are also the only Forensic company that has a fully Certified Accelerant Detection K-9 Team in private use in South Africa, to assist in both PubliIn addition to the abovementioned services we also undertake compliance audits in relation to OHS & SANS 10400 part T regulations.
We have successfully completed Investigations and Audits across various fields, and have undertaken Forensic Fire Investigations, and compliance audits for various Insurance companies, including:
Fire investigation involves the examination of all fire-related incidents once fire fighters have extinguished the fire.
The investigation will include closely surveying the damaged scene to establish the origin of the fire and eventually establishing the cause.Read more
On many occasions the scene of the incident is no longer available for examination when disputes over the circumstances first become apparent or clarification is needed.
We can also provide guidance on the technical basis and application of specific standards and legislation.Read more
We provide a range of report types, advice to legal representatives and expert testimony in courts and tribunals, with experience in a wide range of jurisdictions.
We provide a full supporting service from the initial request to appearance as expert witnesses in courts and tribunals.Read more
K-9 Accelerant Detection should be considered for all fire/explosion investigations.
The use of K-9 Accelerant Detection for the purpose of improving the investigation of fires and particularly in the collection of samples for laboratory analysis is invaluable to forensic fire and explosion investigators.Read more
Association of Life Safety Assessors
International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc.: Charting Your Career Path In Fire Investigation
International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc.: NFPA 1033 and Your Career
International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc.: Fire Chemistry
Safety & Security Sector Education and Training Authority
Canine Solutions South Africa
ASSESSMENT CERTIFICATE : FIRE / ARSON ACCELERANT SUBSTANCE DETECTION
Our experts also have litigation experience. If the fire leads to subrogated action or a lawsuit, you will want an experienced Investigator from the start, to ensure you know the true cause and origin of the fire and to have an Expert Witness in court, who subscribes to all the laid down professional knowledge as per NFPA Standard 1033 and 921.