Fire Debris Analysis

Qualified analysts determine the presence of ignitable liquids in fire scene samples. 

Our own specialist laboratory facilities allow us to conduct analysis of sample material taken from examinations in a methodical, thorough manner.

We utilise gas chromatography and mass spectral detection (GC-MS) to identify various substances within test samples. Detection and classification of ignitable liquid residues (ILR) is our most popular service. We are able to determine the presence of minute amounts of most hydrocarbon ignitable liquids, sometimes months after the fire took place. We also perform animal and vegetable oil and fat residue analysis, whereby the self-heating tendency of an oil or fat can be determined. Samples of fluid taken from a vehicle can also be analysed to determine which vehicle system the fluid originated from.

We operate in accordance with AS/ISO/IEC 17025: General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories and other discipline-specific standards. Our scope and status of accreditation can be viewed on the NATA website.

Our standard service allows for samples to be tested and results delivered within 3 working days. Simple, easy-to-understand test reports are provided via email. More thorough reports for court purposes are supplied on request. To submit a sample for analysis, please complete our Exhibit Transmittal Form.

Our sample integrity standards, our chain of custody procedures, our analysis techniques, and the reliability of our results, have all been independently vetted by experts in the field of forensic science. Test samples are kept in a secure, controlled environment in line with judicial requirements. Analysis is conducted utilising GC-MS, a state-of-the-art instrument that is regarded as the "gold standard" of forensic identification techniques. Our analysts have formal training in fire debris analysis both in Australia and overseas.

GKA Analytical Services conducts ongoing research into fire debris related topics to assist our clients and to contribute to the knowledge base of fire investigation as a forensic discipline. If you would like to participate in our research programs, please view our current list of research topics. The results of our research are often distributed to clients via our series of Technical Bulletins.

To enquire about utilising our laboratory services, please contact us to discuss your analysis requirements.