The Dodge City Fire Department is charged with all fire investigations for cause determination in the City of Dodge City. The department keeps 4 state certified fire investigators on its staff under the direction of Chief Ken Spencer who continuously train to maintain their qualifications adhering to NFPA 1033 Standard for Qualifications for Fire Investigators. One of the challenging aspects of fire investigation is the multi-disciplinary basis of the job. As fires can be caused by or involve many ignition sources and fuels, fire investigators need to know not only the science of fire behavior, but also to have a working understanding of many different areas of study including construction, electricity, human behavior, and mechanical devices
Fire investigators use a systematic approach on all fire investigations using the scientific method. This provides the investigators the organizational and analytical processes necessary to find the cause of a fire.