Fire Scene Investigation


New Zealand’s firefighters battle more than 20,000 fires every year. The blazes cause millions of dollars of damage and loss – but the fire is just the beginning of the story for a small, highly-trained team specialising in the science and art of fire investigation. Where did the fire start? What was its cause? How can it be prevented from happening again? It’s their task to find the answers: and in Fire Scene Investigation a Greenstone film crew follows their every move.

A goal of a television programme of this nature is to not only explain the detailed process of investigating a fire, but to relay information to the viewers: the tough penalties for arson, that insurance fraud is separately investigated and taken seriously, and how carelessness – such as the misuse of matches and inattentive cooking situations – can lead to disaster. There are also ample opportunities for fire awareness and criminal deterrent messages to be relayed. Fire Scene Investigation also provides a strong public service message about the good behaviour that prevents fires and the bad behaviour that causes them. 



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Production Details

Year of screening: 2010

Producer: Sophie Dungate

Thanks to: NZ Fire Service

Exec producer: Andrea Lamb

Network exec: Tony Manson

Principal camera/director/writer: Reuben Pillsbury

Offline editor: Vaughan Bayer

Online: Guy Brinsdon

Production manager: Kylie Henderson

Location/production assist: Magdalena Laas, Catriona Macky

Recon director/camera: Robin Shingleton

Additional Camera: Craig Wright, Oliver Logan, Murray Job, Mark Potter

Field director: Kate Peacocke

Narrator: Nathan Muller

Music: Harmonic

Animations: Kangoo Animations

Titles: Component Media Ltd

Production accountant: Hina Dalwadi

Financial controller: Glenda Paterson

Funded by: TVNZ