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This recall involves four styles of “Cheeky” six-ounce ceramic teacups. The cups have floral motifs with gold painted accents and have four “cheeky” phrases, such as “booze” and “more whiskey please,” painted on the inside or outside rim of the cup. “Dishwasher Safe,” “Microwave Safe” and “Made in China” are printed on the bottom of the cup.

 

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This recall involves CreaMiser refrigerated coffee creamer dispensers for commercial use with model numbers 200, 210 and 400, digital thermometers and certain serial numbers. The plastic dispensers were sold in the following colors: black granite, gray granite and sand. Models 200 and 210 have two creamer dispenser stations and model 400 has four creamer dispenser stations.  Model, serial number and “CreaMiser Products Corporation” are printed on a white sticker or metal name plate on the back of the dispensers.

 

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Electrical fires—fires directly caused by the flow of electric current or by static electricity—are one of the important types of structure fires. The subsequent development of an electrical fire is generally no different than that of any other type of structural fire. But the mechanisms leading to ignition of an electrical fire are, in many cases, uniquely specialized and in need of specific research to delineate their characteristics. Despite the importance of electrical fires, there has not been any institution in the English-speaking world with a long-term commitment to research in this area. Worldwide, the situation has been much better, due to extensive research in Japan. But most of this body of work was only published in the Japanese language and, consequently, had been unavailable to most scientists and engineers in English-language countries. The publication of the Ignition Handbook presented for the first time in English many of the salient Japanese research results in this field and these, taken together with the scattered studies that have been reported in English, allow a basic understanding of physical mechanisms to be reached. The present review presents the highlights of these findings. The review of the state of the art also shows that there are still a number of gaps where even first-cut research is not available. It is urged that a systematic research effort on electrical fires be established in the US and certain high-priority topics are outlined.

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Electrical fires—fires directly caused by the flow of electric current or by static electricity—are one of theimportant types of structure fires. The subsequent development of an electrical fire is generally no differentthan that of any other type of structural fire. But the mechanisms leading to ignition of an electrical fire are,in many cases, uniquely specialized and in need of specific research to delineate their characteristics. Despitethe importance of electrical fires, there has not been any institution in the English-speaking world witha long-term commitment to research in this area. Worldwide, the situation has been much better, due toextensive research in Japan. But most of this body of work was only published in the Japanese languageand, consequently, had been unavailable to most scientists and engineers in English-language countries.The publication of the Ignition Handbook presented for the first time in English many of the salient Japaneseresearch results in this field and these, taken together with the scattered studies that have been reportedin English, allow a basic understanding of physical mechanisms to be reached. The present review presentsthe highlights of these findings. The review of the state of the art also shows that there are still a number ofgaps where even first-cut research is not available. It is urged that a systematic research effort on electricalfires be established in the US and certain high-priority topics are outlined.

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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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Fire Protection Research Foundation report: "Development of Standardized Cooking Fires for Evaluation of Prevention Technologies: Data Analysis"
Authors: Joshua Dinaburg, Daniel Gottuk – Hughes Associates, Inc.

July 2014 report

Beginning in 2010, the Foundation began a program to review the potential effectiveness of various technologies potentially capable of preventing cooking range top fires. A workshop conducted as part of that project considered the emergence of commercial products on the market and identified the need to develop standardized tests and criteria to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of such devices. This report summarizes and analyzes the results of two live fire test series conducted to form the basis for such a test protocol.

Download the report. (PDF, 5 MB) Download the executive summary. (PDF, 20 KB) October 2013 report

Cooking-equipment related fires are a leading cause of U.S. fire loss. Beginning in the mid 1980’s, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and home appliance industry undertook a comprehensive review of strategies to mitigate death, injury and property loss from cooking fires. All strategies were engineering strategies defined by a condition to be detected (e.g., overheat of pan or food in pan, absence of person actively engaged in cooking process, early-stage fire on stovetop) and an action to be taken (e.g., shut off cooking heat, sound alarm, suppress fire). As part of this study, a comprehensive review of existing technologies was done.

In 2010, the Foundation conducted a study supported by NIST to develop this action plan. The study focused particularly on prevention technologies suitable for use on or with home cooking appliances. and consisted of a literature and technology review; the development of an enhanced technology evaluation methodology based on an in-depth review of cooking fire statistics; and the evaluation of currently available technologies using this methodology. The project culminated with a one day workshop of 35 leaders from the kitchen appliance, fire service, and user communities who met to review the above findings and identify gaps in information. The highest priority action item identified at that workshop toward implementation of commercially available cooking fire mitigation technologies was: "Develop standard fire scenarios and create test methods and performance criteria which can feed into standards development"

This report presents the results of a follow on project sponsored by NIST to gather data towards this goal.

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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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The CCAI Annual General Membership meeting will be held
Monday, March 30th at 5:30 pm
The Board of Directors is recommending approval of proposed Bylaws changes to be voted on at this meeting

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Seminars - Webinars - Training

March 2015 Training Seminar

CCAI Training Seminar

March 30 through April 3, 2015

Major changes are in effect 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 many 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
    3. Thermodynamics
    4. Thermometry
    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 you, the membership, can CCAI continue to provide quality educational training.  For the first time in California, in an effort to meet the needs of the professional fire investigator, the California Conference of Arson Investigators 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 you 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.

      No one is immune:

      … in November of 2014, a 44-year-old man filed a lawsuit against Phoenix alleging that the Fire Department’s Investigators violated his constitutional and civil rights in 2009 when he was indicted on suspicion of arson.  The defendant, who now lives in Illinois, spent more than 14 months in a Maricopa County jail awaiting trial for allegedly setting fire to a home he shared with two other men.  Prosecutors dismissed the case the day his trial was set to begin.  The suit, filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleges that the city failed to properly train the investigators and allowed them to use discredited investigation techniques.  The suit also alleges that fire investigators approached investigations with a preconceived idea of whether a fire was arson.  The lawsuit names former Phoenix Fire Chief Robert Khan, former Fire Marshal Jack Ballentine, and Captains Sam Richardson, Fred Andes and William Nelson.  The suit claims that the investigator spoke with one firefighter and one witness before deciding the fire was arson, did not investigate the possibility the fire was electrical and failed to follow up on a pawnshop receipt that would have provided an alibi.  The District Attorney publicly questioned the investigators competence and credibility last month, announcing that he would not prosecute any future cases they investigated.  A review of about 30 past and pending cases the men worked is ongoing, said a county attorney spokesman.
      An Arizona Law Enforcement Agency investigated both Andes and Richardson regarding a different residential fire in which Richardson was the lead investigator and Andes was an investigator/K-9 handler.  This investigation has resulted in both individuals being removed from any future investigation responsibilities and the possibility of other sanctions.

       

      CCAI Training Calendar:

      Staying Compliant with NFPA 1033 Educational Requirements

      • When:                       March 30 through April 3, 2015  (40 hours)
      • Where:                      Embassy Suites Hotel in San Luis Obispo, California
      • Registration fee:       $495.00, includes breakfast and lunch (no lunch on Friday)
        • A $50.00 discount will be applied (per attendee) for agencies or companies sending      registrations for three or more attendees

      Remember:

      Upon completion, a certificate will be issued stating that you are Compliant with the Educational Requirements Mandated in NFPA 1033.


      Hotel rooms at Embassy Suites are limited, register as quickly as possible.  There are also many near-by hotels.

      Register online or call 909 865-5004 and the staff at the CCAI office will be happy to assist you.

      We look forward to, and appreciate, your future involvement at CCAI training events.

      Tom Pierce
      CCAI President 2014-15
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