Jody Cooper was a Fire Prevention Officer for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Forestry Division from 1979 to 1988. His duties included all fire investigations of forest and grass fires in a three county area covering 1.9 million acres of state and private lands. He also conducted origin and cause investigation training on wildland fires for state employees, law enforcement and fire department personal.
During his 39 years of forensic fire origin and cause investigations he has conducted in excess of 700 wildland fire investigations. These investigations were in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, California, and Colorado.
All wildland fire investigations follow the outline provided in the latest edition of NFPA 921; “A Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations”, The National Wildfire Coordinating Group training book and the United State Forest Service Training Guides.
Special training received in wildland fire origin and cause investigations:
FI 210 Course in Fire Investigations
Wild Land Fire Suppression
S-390 Course/Advanced Wildland Fire Behavior
Inspection of Outdoor Fireworks Displays
Lightning 101 Seminar