Staff from this section frequently examine scenes of serious fires (for example, scenes where a fatality or a large financial loss has occurred). Scenes of explosions (or incidents involving finds of explosive devices/materials) are also attended.
These examinations are undertaken to establish the cause of the incident and/or to recover evidence which may link/eliminate persons suspected of involvement.
Materials submitted to the section, such as debris or the remains of explosive/incendiary devices, are analysed for the presence of fire accelerants or explosive content.
The remains of devices and components are also examined for identification/comparison purposes.