Colorado Springs Fire Investigators practice the science of fire origin and cause by using burn pods. A burn pod is staged with common household furniture and appliances. The pod is then set on fire allowing investigators to observe the behavior of the fire from where it starts and ends.
After the room is extinguished and cooled, fire investigators enter the pod and perform origin and cause investigations helping them maintain the skills necessary to be proficient with current fire investigation standards.
With wildfire season in full swing, this kind of training is considered invaluable to the team as stated by Ralph Mangan, a fire investigator for Colorado Springs Fire Department.
"we would be able to go in and look at the house and be able to tell where that fire started, was it an ember that landed on the roof, was it one that came in through the window. And we would be able to tell was the fire in this house a direct result of an approaching wildfire or was it maybe an incendiary that was set to start to make it look like it was part of a larger fire."