If you are working towards applying for CFI, you should consider taking the Expert Witness Testimony Course. There are still some openings in the November 2014 class.
Call the CCAI Office now to sign up.
Dial 909-865-5004 and ask for April.
In the new issue of NFPA Journal®, President Jim Shannon said the Association will focus on the leading causes of home fires, including cooking. "We also need to continue to push hard for home fire sprinklers. That's still a large priority for NFPA, and we plan to work very aggressively in 2014 on our residential sprinkler initiative," he said.
A series of fire tests were conducted to characterize the potential hazard from ignition of an upholstered chair. The particular chair was selected as part of a fire investigation being conducted by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.
Heat release rate was determined as a function of time from ignition using the oxygen depletion principle. Two tests were conducted with the chairs placed in the open under large calorimeters.
The third test was conducted with the chair located in a room. Peak heat release rates obtained during the tests ranged from approximately 1 MW to 2.5 MW.
NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations plays a fundamental role in fire and explosion investigations. A new edition of NFPA 921 is scheduled to be published in 2014. For years, this document has played a critical role in the training, education and job performance of fire and explosion investigators. It also serves as one of the primary references used by the National Fire Academy to support its fire/arson-related training and education programs. It is imperative that investigators understand the scope, purpose and application of this document, especially since it will be used to judge the quality and thoroughness of their investigations.
SAN DIEGO - A Team 10 and Scripps News investigation found arson fires are not investigated properly in many American cities -- including San Diego -- due to a chaotic patchwork of reporting systems and standards.
Many deliberately set building fires are not reported to the federal government.
Nationally, just 5 percent of all residential building fires are intentionally set, according to the National Fire Incident Reporting System, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. Data collected by Scripps News suggests the national arson rate to be significantly higher.
I will, as a fire investigator, regard myself as a member of an important and honorable profession.
I will conduct both my personal and professional life so as to inspire the confidence of the public.
I will not use my position in the California Conference of Arson Investigators for personal advantage or profit.
I will regard my fellow investigators with the same standards as I hold for myself. I will never betray a confidence nor otherwise jeopardize their investigation.
I will regard it my duty to know my work thoroughly. I will make it my further duty to avail myself of every opportunity to learn more about my profession.
I will avoid alliances with those whose goals are inconsistent with an honest and unbiased investigation.
I will make no claim to professional qualifications that I do not possess.
I will be loyal to my profession and to the organization I represent.
I will always bear in mind that I am a truth-seeker; not a case maker. It is more important to protect the innocent than to convict the guilty.
I will at all times remember the importance of honesty and integrity within my profession.
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