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
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
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.
CCAI President 2014-15