Jim Daigneault, fire chief for the District of Houston, recently attended a Fire Scene Investigation training course in Prince George B.C. on Oct. 16, 2017 to Oct. 20, 2017.
Daigneault said at the District of Houston council meeting on Nov. 7, 2017 that there are changes coming in from the province so that now the municipal fire chiefs will be able to conduct investigations, as well as other changes, which should be in place by 2018.
According to Daigneault, fire departments from Houston, Prince George, Hudson Hope, Queen Charlotte City, Taylor and a few other small communties attended the training.
Daigneault says the focus of the training to have a better understanding of fire causes.
“Whether they are intentional or accidental in nature, and to also be able to determine the location the fire started,” said Daigneault.
Daigneault explained the changes coming in will not be too different from past pratice.
“This course just helps the person investigating to have a better understanding,” said Daigneault.