Grenfell Tower Fire Reports

Five reports have been published at the start of the fact-finding stage of the public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire, in which 72 people died. They cover the tower’s safety measures, how the fire spread and the evacuation. Here are the key findings.

Professor Niamh Nic Daeid: Cause and spread of fire (download report here)

Dr Barbara Lane: Fire protection measures (download report here)

Professor Luke Bisby Ignition of the facade materials (download report here)

Professor Jose Torero: Spread of the fire (download report here)

Colin Todd: Statutory and regulatory requirements (download report here)


Growing pot and earning Bitcoin can start fires?

In this month’s podcast, hear a story about how the Bitcoin business might be causing fires.  What similarities are there between pot growers and now Bitcoin miners?

Join us now!  This month’s podcast is under 15 minutes.

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Forensic Vehicle Fire Investigation – Dominick Tuite Memorial Lecture 2018 – 22 February 2018

The Engineering & Scientific Association of Ireland is hosting the 2018 Dominick Tuite Memorial Lecture at Saint Laurence’s Church, DIT Grangegorman on Thursday, 22 February at 7.30pm.

Liam Cotter BLC (Hons), MD, Liam Cotter & Associates will deliver this year’s lecture on the topic of “Forensic Vehicle Fire Investigation”.

If you’re interested in attending, please email your RSVP to

Building Control NI Fire Safety Panel Conference 2018

Building Control NI Fire Safety Panel Conference 2018

The Building Control Fire Safety Panel have arranged their Annual Fire Safety Conference to be held on 8th and 9th February 2018.

It will take place in The Armagh City hotel in the historic City of Armagh.

For more information including Conference Programme and Delegate Booking Form please click on the link below

FIAI Annual Training Conference April 26th 2017

Conference Now Ended.

A big thank you to all those who took part.

The FIAI are excited to announce this year’s training conference is to be held in April 2017 in conjunction with Ulster University’s Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT) at the university’s Jordanstown Campus.

Check out their website at

View and download the Programme Conference 2017 


Programme of Speakers for the FIAI Training Conference

Chairperson Morning
Dr. Karen Boyce
Ulster University

Opening Address
Group Commander Geoff Somerville
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service

“Stovemageddon-the alarming rise in stove related fires”
Mr.Greg Duggan
Duggan Roberts Associates


The Role of DNA in Fire Investigation
Dr. Dorothy Ramsbottom
Forensic Science Laboratory
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CFITrainer.Net Special Podcast- An interview with Dr. James Quintieri

In a discussion with Dr. James Quintieri, we learn about some of his work in fire sciences, a bit about his research, his opinions related to the World Trade Center investigation and what he thinks is important to fire investigation as a scholarly leader in our field. While we have been trying to keep the podcasts shorter, this podcast is 50 minutes and seems to be worth the time!

Click here and listen to the Podcast.

Free NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations

nfpaThe NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, a long-respected training and reference guide, is free to access online.  The 2014 edition is the most current.

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science recently approved the guide for inclusion on the OSAC Registry, which serves as a trusted repository of high-quality, science-based standards and guidelines for forensic practice.

NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations

National Fire Protection Association; 2014

The link to access the guide can be found here

New Podcast From CFITrainer.Net – Drones and the Fire Investigator

This month’s podcast looks at the recent changes in the FAA’s regulations for commercial and public sector use of UAS or “Drones”. Join us and find out the specifics you need to know and then we talk to Bob Toth, IAAI-CFI about his experience and use of Drones. He shares a lot of knowledge and provides great tips on preparing you or your agency for taking advantage of a UAS to improve your investigation work.

After we talk to Bob Toth, we give the IAAI office a call and learn about new training from Kate Reed and new plans and partnerships from the IAAI, Executive Director, Deborah Keeler.

Click here to listen now.

The CFITrainer.Net Team