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Abstract Forest fires are generally consciously or unconsciously the work of man for various reasons. Fires generated by voltaic arc between power lines and the underlying trees do not occur often. These few cases may be only demonstrated by analyzing around the site where the arc may have been generated. Material such as leaves, bark and soil can be analyzed to find the metallic residues from the fused cables. The electrical cables usually composed of aluminum or copper alloys, when involved in an electric arc may spray fused micro-drops of metals, increasing the natural level of such elements. In two cases, the Al and Cu concentrations were increased by between 2.56 to 13.9 times the background levels. Electron microscopy of leaf surfaces has identified some profound alterations produced by the intense heat of the electrical discharge.

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Forest fires are generally consciously or unconsciously the work of man for various reasons. Fires generated byvoltaic arc between power lines and the underlying trees do not occur often. These few cases may be only demonstratedby analyzing around the site where the arc may have been generated. Material such as leaves, bark and soil can beanalyzed to find the metallic residues from the fused cables. The electrical cables usually composed of aluminum orcopper alloys, when involved in an electric arc may spray fused micro-drops of metals, increasing the natural levelof such elements. In two cases, the Al and Cu concentrations were increased by between 2.56 to 13.9 times thebackground levels. Electron microscopy of leaf surfaces has identified some profound alterations produced by theintense heat of the electrical discharge.

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In 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 56,000 structure fires per year in homes that involved heating equipment. These fires resulted in annual losses of 470 civilian deaths, 1,490 civilian injuries, and $1.0 billion in direct property damage. These homes included one- and two-family homes (including manufactured homes) and apartments (including townhouses and other multi-family dwellings). Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires, figuring in two of every five fires (40%). The fires involving space heaters accounted for 84% of the civilian deaths and 75% of civilian injuries in home fires caused by heating equipment, as well as over half (52%) of direct property damage. Another one-third (32%) of fires involved a fireplace or chimney, but these fires accounted for a much smaller share of civilian fatalities (5%) and civilian injuries (6%). Central heat and water heaters were responsible for 12% and 10% of home fires caused by heating equipment, respectively.

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In 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 56,000 structure fires per year in homes that involved heating equipment. These fires resulted in annual losses of 470 civilian deaths, 1,490 civilian injuries, and $1.0 billion in direct property damage. These homes included one- and two-family homes (including manufactured homes) and apartments (including townhouses and other multi-family dwellings).Space heaters are the type of equipment most often involved in home heating equipment fires, figuring in two of every five fires (40%). The fires involving space heaters accounted for 84% of the civilian deaths and 75% of civilian injuries in home fires caused by heating equipment, as well as over half (52%) of direct property damage. Another one-third (32%) of fires involved a fireplace or chimney, but these fires accounted for a much smaller share of civilian fatalities (5%) and civilian injuries (6%). Central heat and water heaters were responsible for 12% and 10% of home fires caused by heating equipment, respectively.

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From Out of the Abyss...

This week’s article from the past is titled Incendiary Fires Can Be Spotted and was written by Benjamin Horton, CPCU, who was President of the National Adjuster Traing School in Louisville, Kentucky..  It is taken from the Decembe 1968 Vol. XVI No.5 issue.

Incendiary Fires Can Be Spotted 

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.

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What is Ethics?  There are many famous people throughout history who have commented on this topic.

~~“The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.”  ~Zig Ziglar

 ~~“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”  ~Aristotle

 ~~“Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.”  ~C.S. Lewis  

Submitted by Larry Luckham San Rafael Fire Department

One evening around 6:15 PM a few months ago I received a page to a reported structure fire at an address I knew to be a hotel.  I responded and arrived several minutes after the first-in engine company had reported on scene.  Enroute I understood from radio traffic that the fire was extinguished by the building sprinkler system, and a second crew was securing the sprinkler system to shut off the water.

As I entered the building I was directed by a firefighter to the second floor elevator lobby where a crew was busy with dewatering. The Captain showed me where the fire had started, which was in a trash container closet just off the elevator lobby. The closet itself was bare except for two 40 gallon plastic trash cans with black plastic liners. There was no sign that there had been any fire at all. The white enamel walls were clean, without even smoke deposits.

President's Message
Dale Feb, President CCAI 2016
From the desk of CCAI President Dale Feb

Feb

September 23, 2016

Dear Members,

September is already upon us and our next educational conference is just around the corner. I would encourage each and every one of you to attend this next exciting training program.  The Training Committee is hard at work developing an amazing program that will walk you through the process of data collection, scene investigation and report writing.  This program will include separate tracts for law enforcement and private fire investigation.  Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting out on your career, you will greatly benefit from this program.  Please visit our website for more details www.arson.org.  I hope to see you there.

Another great benefit that we receive from the conference is the chance to visit with old friends and make new ones.  I really enjoy spending time with each and every one of you, so please take a moment to stop and say hi.  I realize that the Board Members and Volunteers will be very busy but we are never too busy to stop and speak with our members. We value your input and welcome your suggestions.

As a Member, you have the right to voice your opinions and provide suggestions. However, the most effective method of improvement is personal involvement.  If you desire change or would like to participate in the direction of your Association, I would respectfully request that you get involved.  There are many committees and projects that could use your assistance.  Another suggestion is to run for office.  We are looking for level headed individuals that can complete tasks on a reasonable schedule and enjoy the true value of working with others.  If you have any interest, please contact our election committee Chair, Tom Pierce at 661-619-3702.

And last but not least, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support and assistance as I navigate through my presidency. Being the CCAI President is like being an engineer on a train.  I may drive the train but it takes the hard work of others to ensure that there is fuel in the engines, the cargo is secure, and the tracks are true.  Without this team, we could never deliver our training. These individuals are the Office Staff, the Board of Directors, and many strong Volunteers who make our Association run smoothly.

I personally thank those who participate in any way… regardless of the amount of assistance, as without this help…CCAI could not exist as we know it.  I would also like to thank those who have helped in the past and those that are considering any form of future participation.  This Association is built on the backbone of good people who know how to serve others.  We are wired to help and I am proud to be part of this incredible group.

Thank you again for your support and trust in my abilities.

Sincerely,

Dale W. Feb
CCAI President
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