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The Primary mission of the California Conference of Arson Investigators is the reduction of arson through the establishment of a professional organization which will:

  • Provide, develop, and support the establishment of training, educational programs and educational materials to improve the quality of fire investigations.

  • To support and/or sponsor legislation which will improve the quality of fire investigations and reduce the incidents of arson.

  • To provide a network of coordination and information sharing for identification, apprehension, and prosecution of those responsible for the acts of arson.

  • The Primary mission of the California Conference of Arson Investigators is the reduction of arson through the establishment of a professional organization which will:

  • Provide, develop, and support the establishment of training, educational programs and educational materials to improve the quality of fire investigations.

  • To support and/or sponsor legislation which will improve the quality of fire investigations and reduce the incidents of arson.

  • To provide a network of coordination and information sharing for identification, apprehension, and prosecution of those responsible for the acts of arson.

  • The Primary mission of the California Conference of Arson Investigators is the reduction of arson through the establishment of a professional organization which will:

  • Provide, develop, and support the establishment of training, educational programs and educational materials to improve the quality of fire investigations.

  • To support and/or sponsor legislation which will improve the quality of fire investigations and reduce the incidents of arson.

  • To provide a network of coordination and information sharing for identification, apprehension, and prosecution of those responsible for the acts of arson.

  • The Primary mission of the California Conference of Arson Investigators is the reduction of arson through the establishment of a professional organization which will:

  • Provide, develop, and support the establishment of training, educational programs and educational materials to improve the quality of fire investigations.

  • To support and/or sponsor legislation which will improve the quality of fire investigations and reduce the incidents of arson.

  • To provide a network of coordination and information sharing for identification, apprehension, and prosecution of those responsible for the acts of arson.

  • CCAI Training Seminar - March 31 - April 2, 2014 - San Luis Obispo, CA

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    Back to Basics: The Fire Tetrahedron

    How often have you heard the phrase “back to the basics”? It seems
    as though every time you turn around you are being instructed to go
    “back to the basics,” whether it’s with our children and their math
    homework or it’s in the fire service with establishing a water supply,
    advancing a hose line, or conducting ventilation. The “basics” are
    those tasks that you need to complete first, and they must be completed
    every time.

    Coffee Break Training

    How often have you heard the phrase “back to the basics”? It seems as though every time you turn around you are being instructed to go “back to the basics,” whether it’s with our children and their math homework or it’s in the fire service with establishing a water supply,advancing a hose line, or conducting ventilation. The “basics” are those tasks that you need to complete first, and they must be completed every time.

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    White Paper-NHTSA

    A Case Study of 214 Fatal Crashes Involving Fire.
    Carl L. Ragland
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    Hsi-Sheng Hsia
    Research and Special Programs Administration
    United States
    Paper Number 9X-S4-O-08
    Carl L. Ragland
    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    Hsi-Sheng HsiaResearch and Special Programs Administration
    United States
    Paper Number 9X-S4-O-08

    ABSTRACT
    A detailed case study of 214 fatal tire related 
    crashes was conducted to determine whether the death was 
    caused by the fire or blunt trauma. The cases were also 
    examined to determine the specific crash conditions which 
    caused the fire. This analysis was necessary because none 
    of the existing fatal crash databases contained sufficient 
    details to determine the impact configuration or the cause 
    of death. Two hundred and ninety three (293) fatalities 
    occurred in these crashes. Sixty-five (65) ofthese fatalities 
    resulted from fire, with 30 of these fatalities from 16 rear 
    impacts. The speed of impact was determined in eight of 
    the 16 cases which caused these 30 burn fatalities. In these 
    eight cases, the average rear impact speed was 54 mph with 
    speeds ranging from 50 - 60 mph, at 7 1% overlap (7 1 % of 
    the rear vehicle width engaged), and collinear at 6:00 
    O’clock. By projecting these cases to the national sample, 
    the number of rear impact fire related fatalities may be 
    estimated between 94 and 191.

    NHTSA Recall

    SUMMARY:

    Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2013 Bighorn Silverado, 2014 Bighorn and 2013-2014 Cyclone, and Landmark fifth wheel trailers equipped with certain Frigidaire KG-series microwaves, models CFMV152CLB and CFMV154CLS, manufactured January 27, 2013, through April 10, 2013 in the serial number range KG30607951 through KG31600670. In the affected vehicles, the microwave may start on its own and begin heating when unattended.

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    ‘Breaking Bad’ Web Searches:

    How Claims Can Illuminate the ‘Hidden’ Web

    By Peter A. Lynch

    Relying on traditional web search engine queries to mine information may omit critical data needed to break your case.

    Unsophisticated users of Google, Bing or Yahoo believe those search engines locate everything on the web.  As web research exploded because of the ease of typing a search quiery into Google or Bing, specialized search results lay hidden.

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    White Paper-NIST Technical Publication

    NIST Technical Note 1628

    A History of Fire Testing

    Abstract:

    This paper discusses the breakthroughs in science and engineering that have brought fire testing technology to its current state of maturity and provides insight into the possibilities for future fire test development by highlighting some areas where advancements are needed. The quest for understanding the properties of fire has been a part of the human experience since the first primitive human viewed the glow of a flame potentially 2.5 million years ago, during the Paleolithic Period. Since these early observations, humankind slowly developed the knowledge to use and understand fire.  However, the initial revolution in fire testing did not begin until recently, in the nineteenth century, when the basic tools were developed that allowed for remote measurement of temperatures and heat flow. Discoveries such as the “thermoelectric effect” and the development of the First Law of Thermodynamics led to the creation of tools for calorimetry providing for the measurement of temperatures and heat flux. The second revolution in measuring and understanding fire occurred in the early twentieth century with worldwide recognition that scientifically based fire standards were needed to protect life and property. At the same time engineering innovation developed electromechanical equipment that could automatically record data measured from fire experiments. This advancement in data recording allowed for the detailed study of measured fire behavior. The third revolution in fire testing (measurement technology) occurred in the last half of the twentieth century with the development of affordable digital data logging equipment and computers that enhanced data analysis and the development of scientifically based predictive models. Wide spread use of technology and computational methods have opened the theoretical world which provides insight into the subtle features of fire dynamics and provides a means for developing a greater understanding of fire test method performance. Fire measurement technology now has the scientific and computational tools to make significant advancements in the development of fire safety standards. Use of these tools has directed attention to improvements needed in testing for structural fire endurance to enhance fire resistant structural designs. This would include, but not be limited to, advancements in testing of structural components, assemblies, and systems under realistic simulations of fire and load conditions. The objective for these new tests would be to enhance structural performance so that uncontrolled building fires result in burnout without partial or total collapse. Additionally, these fire measurement technologies would also lead to improvements in ignition resistant materials, surface flammability, fire growth, smoke and toxic gas production that will save lives and reduce the high cost of unwanted fires.

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