Major changes are in affect within the field of fire and explosive investigations. The National Fire Protection Association has established the standard that must be met by all Professional Fire and Explosion Investigators (NFPA 1033 - 2014 Edition). It is important that any fire investigator who may offer expert testimony is intimately familiar with all industry standards that apply to the qualification of fire investigators. If they do not obtain this necessary training, they may not be successful in their court testimonies. All California courts require expert witnesses to establish that they are qualified as experts in their field. NFPA 1033, section 1.3.7 requires that the investigator shall have and maintain at a minimum, an up-to-date basic knowledge of the following topics:
|1. Fire Science
2. Fire Chemistry
5. Fire Dynamics
6. Explosion Dynamics
7. Computer Fire Modeling
8. Fire Investigation
9. Fire Analysis
10. Fire Investigation Methodology
11. Fire Investigation Technology
12. Hazardous Materials
13. Failure Analysis and Analytical Tools
14. Fire Protection Systems
15. Evidence Documentation, Collection, and Preservation
16. Electricity and Electrical Systems
Section 1.3.8 states the fire investigator shall remain current in the topics listed in 1.3.7 by attending formal education courses beyond the high school level such as, workshops, and training seminars.
Only with the support of the California Fire Chiefs can CCAI continue to provide quality educational training. In an effort to meet the needs of the professional fire investigator; the California Conference of Arson Investigators, a sub-committee of California Fire Chiefs Association, is presenting a training seminar where all 16 topics, listed above, will be presented. At the conclusion of this training, attendees will be tested and a certificate will be issued stating that they are compliant with the educational requirements mandated in NFPA 1033.
The above referenced topics will be presented by some of the most highly respected Fire/Arson Investigators in the State of California; such as Investigator Jim Allen, California State Fire Marshall’s Office Arson/Bomb Unit retired and Dr. John DeHaan, California Department of Justice retired and author of Kirk’s Fire Investigation and other immensely qualified instructors.
Please plan to attend this extremely important seminar. Help us get the word out and let your chief know how important it will be to you to attend this class.
We are working extremely hard to bring you the very best in education and hope you will attend.