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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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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)
  • Comprehensive online Membership Directory
  • Networking Opportunities with leaders in the fire industry
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance Policy

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.

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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Process of Elimination

The use of the process of elimination in the determination of a fire cause is a topic that has generated significant discussion and controversy in the fire investigation profession. In this program, Rodney J. Pevytoe (IAAI Past President), Randy Watson (Chair, NFPA 921 Committee), and Bill LeMire (Attorney) introduce the concept of the process of elimination, explain how negative corpus has evolved in NFPA 921, expand on the proper and improper uses of the process of elimination, and examine two court decisions where the process of elimination was a key element (Somnis v. Country Mutual and State of Wisconsin v. Joseph A. Awe).

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Fire and Arson Investigator Magazine July 2014

This issue covers:

Commercial Fire Restaurant more than just the cause..

Cigarette Induced Smoldering Fires and Time to Transition to Flame,

Forensic Analysis: Electrical Ignition of Combustibles.. Not so Close..

The Use of Drones for Fire Investigation,

and much more for information see the PDF of the issue contents …Fire Arson Investigator July 2014

Basic Electricity

Now Available on CFITrainer.Net®

Electricity can cause fires in many ways. A knowledge of basic electricity is essential to successfully investigate potential electrical ignition sources at a fire scene, test hypotheses involving electrical ignition sources, form a conclusion supported by evidence, and competently present methodology and conclusions in legal proceedings. This module provides the foundation of that basic electrical knowledge. Continue reading