CCAI March 2016 Training Seminar
March 7 - 9, 2016
The CCAI Training Committee will be presenting another in its series of “Burn to Learn” training seminars on March 7, 8 and 9, 2016 in San Luis Obispo. Do not miss out!
In an effort to minimize the downtime, not only will we be burning two large structures, we will be conducting numerous tests to expand everyone’s fire knowledge. Tests on carpeting, vinyl flooring, wood flooring, varying types of furniture items, etc. will be performed using a variety of fuels.
Tests using different gauges of energized electrical wiring will be conducted throughout the burn day. Temperatures will be monitored relating to high resistance heating of various size conductors. Varied sizes of energized conductors will be subjected to direct flame impingement and the arcing (faulting) will be available for examination.
Thermocouples will be appropriately and strategically placed to collect the maximum amount of information during each test. Attendees will be able to record the results of each of these tests and later be able to testify that they were present at, participated in and have first-hand knowledge of the tests as they were conducted. Testing on things such as firebombs, light bulbs versus different types of cloth material, spontaneous ignition, and cigarette caused ignitions along with a variety of other experiments will be managed throughout the day on Tuesday. This information is an essential “Need to Know” for every Professional Fire Investigator. Do not miss this opportunity.
Many of the fire patterns depicted in NFPA 921 will be duplicated in one or both of the buildings that will eventually be burned. Instructors will be on hand to explain the fire patterns and what it takes for them to happen.
Learn about the effects of ventilation, flashover, compartment fires, fire growth, ceiling height, fire spread between compartments, fire spread via openings, temperature estimations, surface effects of char, how to measure depth of char, the importance of melting of certain materials, smoke deposits on surfaces, clean burn patterns on wall board, smoke concentrate on window panes, crazed window glass, lines or areas of demarcation, inverted cone patterns, hourglass patterns, U-shaped patterns, effects of room ventilation and ventilation created fire patterns, suppression generated fire patterns, drop-down fires, protected areas versus non-protected areas, etc. A variety of burn tests will be conducted with different types of fuels on different types of floor surfaces consisting of vinyl, laminated wood, carpet, plywood, concrete, etc.
Using normal combustibles, one of the large buildings will be set on fire in the morning and then extinguished. Everyone will be allowed to identify a variety of different burn patterns on the interior of the structure. The second building will be set on ablaze in the afternoon using flammable (combustible) liquids, and the process repeated so the attendees can experience the difference in fire patterns, fire spread, temperature readings, etc.
Do not miss your opportunity to evaluate and learn from this type of “hands-on” education. Bring your notebook, open your mind, take photographs and learn while you take advantage of the dozen or more separate tests that will be taking place during the day.