Arson: The Science of Fire and Chemical Fingerprints Left Behind – MRU 2017 from Chemistry Matters Inc.
During the Mount Royal University Science and Technology Research Day in Calgary, Alberta, Dr. Court Sandau presented on sampling, legal chain of custody & sample handling, and testing & interpretation of ignitable liquid residues (ILRs) specifically related to wildfires. Of the 1200 wildﬁres reported in Alberta each year, over half are human caused. It is the job of a ﬁre investigator to gather evidence at wildﬁres to determine the origin and causes of the wildﬁre. Roles of the investigator may include ﬁre scene examination through to delivering court room evidence.
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