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New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Basic Traffic Collision Investigation (INV 100)

Location: 
FDNY Training Bureau, Randalls Island, New York.
Length: 

Version 1, 2, and 3:  80 Hours (10 Days).

Dates: 

Version 1: January 2003 - January 2008. Version 2: February 2008 – May 2015. Version 3: June 2015 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 
Version 1 and 2: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: investigate and evaluate traffic collisions; accurately photograph and diagram traffic collisions; use data collected at the scene to perform detailed analysis to determine factors causing the collision. Version 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: gather proper measurements and data needed to produce a diagram of the accident scene; make diagrams by hand using the Blue Blitz or electronically with the Total Station; identify skid marks in the roadway and how these marks can determine possible cause of the accident and/or approximately how fast the vehicle was traveling; utilize FDNY procedures in investigating accidents; use controlled experiments and math skills; and differentiate between FDNY classifications of major or minor accidents.
Instruction: 

Version 1 and 2: This course teaches students practical skills to investigate and evaluate motor vehicle accidents. Major topics include: physical evidence; mathematical principles needed for time, distance and motion; speed estimates from skid marks, scuff marks, and airborne situations; crash scene photography; diagramming the crash scene using traffic templates; conducting interviews. Version 3: In addition to Version 1 and 2, additionally: acceleration and deceleration, critical curve speed, falls, flips, and vaults, crash scene investigation; and mock accident.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Fire Science, Criminal Justice, or Occupational Safety (5/04 - review conducted by the American Council on Education). Version 2 and 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Fire Science, Criminal Justice, Police Science, or Safety Engineering (10/08 revalidation) (7/10 revalidation) (6/15 revalidation).

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