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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!

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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.

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The CFITrainer.Net Team

Half Price IAAI Membership Offer

There has been a lot of talk about whether CFITrainer.Net users can get a discount to try membership with the International Association of Arson Investigators. The answer is now YES! If you are involved in fire investigation in any way, you owe it to yourself to join the IAAI now.

For a limited time, registered users of CFITrainer.Net who have never been a member of the IAAI, can now join for 50% off the normal membership fee. For just $50, you can show your support of the fire investigation industry as an active member and get the following member benefits:

  • Career enhancement through professional credentialing programs (IAAI-CFI®, IAAI-FIT®, IAAI-ECT, IAAI-CI)
  • Professional Development through discounted, IAAI exclusive, live training including the 2016 International Training Conference next May in Orlando
  • Representation of your interests heard in Washington, DC
  • Subscription to the Fire & Arson Investigator quarterly journal (print or electronic)
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  • Networking Opportunities with leaders in the fire industry
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Click now and save 50% off (using promo code CFIT2015 on the payment page). This discount opportunity allows you to give the International Association of Arson Investigators membership a try for the upcoming year. We believe you will be glad that you joined the leading organization of more than 8,500 fire, explosion and arson investigation professionals from around the world. We are united by a strong commitment to suppress the crime of arson and find the cause of all fires through professional fire investigation.

Review of FIAI ATC 22 April 2015

This year’s ATC was hosted by the NIFRS in Belfast and was attended by approximately fifty delegates from various disciplines throughout the North and South of Ireland.

The services / industries represented included Fire and Rescue, Police, Forensic Science, Fire Investigation, Insurance and Fire Engineering. The programme was perhaps the FIAI’s most wide ranging to date and was expertly delivered by all the speakers involved.

For the first time, a “student slot” was included. This was intended to facilitate students engaged in fire-related studies to experience the atmosphere of a conference in a speakers role.

It also, of course, enabled them to showcase their work . The high level of interaction between delegates and speakers during question and answer sessions provided a strong indicator that the material presented addressed the interests of the entire audience.

Download the full text with photographs : Review FIAI ATC 2015

 

Investigating Natural Gas Systems

Now Available on CFITrainer.Net

A fire investigator should have a basic understanding of the potential role of natural gas as a fuel source, an ignition source, and a factor in fire spread. The fire investigator should also know the tests that may be required as part of the fire investigation when natural gas piping or equipment is involved. Continue reading

CFI Podcast: The process of elimination

Please join us for a new Podcast where we talk about the process of elimination and how it is a critical part of the scientific method, which is the preferred methodology for investigating a fire scene. How you explain your methodology is critical in many ways. It affects whether you will qualify as an expert witness and be permitted to testify. We hope you will listen and learn from our conversation with Steve Avato from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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Journal of Fire Sciences November 2014

Table of Contents

November 2014; 32 (6)

Effects of sample orientation on pyrolysis and piloted ignition of wood

Cone calorimeter study of polyethylene flame retarded with expandable graphite and intumescent fire-retardant additives

Study on multi-section, nonlinear model of flashover in a long–narrow confined space

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