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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.

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Upholstered Chair Fire Tests Using a California Technical Bulletin 133 Burner Ignition Source D.W. Stroup, L. DeLauter, J. Lee and G. Roadarmel Building and Fire Research Laboratory National Institute of Standards and Technology U.S. Department of Commerce Gaithersburg, MD 20899 Upholstered Chair Fire Tests Using a California Technical Bulletin 133 Burner Ignition Source  D.W. Stroup, L. DeLauter, J. Lee and G. Roadarmel Building and Fire Research Laboratory National Institute of Standards and Technology U.S. Department of Commerce Gaithersburg, MD 20899

 

Abstract

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Recall date: JULY 17, 2014
Recall number: 14-233

Name of product:
USB car charger adapters, power adapters and 8-pin charger cables.
Hazard:
Improperly mounted plug blades, and inadequate electronic circuitry create a fire and electrical shock hazard to consumers.
See full article at CPSC

President's Message

Tom Pierce, President CCAI 2014

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


Dear Members,

Do you have a CCAI-CFI designation?  If not, why?  There are several Certified Fire Investigator designations within our professional community.  The CCAI-CFI designation is the ONLY one that requires the applicant to validate that they have had the overall responsibility of, and have investigated, 150 fires to determine fire origin and separately to determine fire cause.  They must also substantiate that they have testified twice, in court or in deposition (not in the same case), under oath, pertaining to the origin and cause of fires or in the field of explosions.  The testimony can be criminal, civil or from deposition but must be directly related to fire origin and fire cause or origin and cause in an explosion incident.

Applicants must submit certificates of training showing that they have completed Fire Investigation 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and PC 832 or its equivalent.  If you already possess a Level II Fire Investigation Certification from the State of California, a copy of your certification certificate showing Level II will suffice to validate that you have met the training requirements mentioned above.  To keep the certificate valid, a CCAI Certified Fire Investigator must attend 30 hours of approved tested training, or 40 hours of CCAI approved non-tested training or a combination of 40 hours tested and non-tested training every three years from the date his or her certificate was issued.  The hourly training requirement can easily be met by attending two 20-hour CCAI training seminars within the three-year period.

As you can see, only active persons engaged in day to day cause and origin investigation can obtain a CCAI-CFI designation.  Those in the insurance, legal and engineering field must apply elsewhere, I.E. IAAI or NAFI.

We are striving to keep our standards higher than any other organization in the field of fire investigation.

Do you meet the requirements set forth in NFPA 1033?  Are you aware that the 2014 edition went into effect on June 17, 2013?  This is the Standard for Professional Qualification for Fire Investigators.  Three new categories of education have been added to the existing thirteen that a fire investigator must have and maintain.  They are Fire Protection Systems, Evidence Documentation Collection and preservation, and Electricity and electrical systems.

This standard applies to both public and private fire investigators, and is recognized in all courts.

Do you have the latest edition of NFPA 921?  The 2014 edition became effective on December 2, 2013.  All investigations from that date forward should be conducted under this edition.  Be sure to devour this edition as there are numerous changes.

The CCAI-CFI program follows the requirements put forth in NFPA 1033 and 921.  It is imperative that ALL fire investigators, public or private stay ahead of the curve on training and education.

CCAI is there for you to fulfill your training needs.  Please take advantage of what YOUR organization has to offer.

Yours in service,

Tom Pierce, CFI

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