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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Useful databases

Databases that all forensic scientists working in the fields of fire/arson and/or explosives should be aware of. These extremely useful databases are produced by the T/SWGFEX (Technical & Scientific Working Group for Fire and Explosives Analysis) and maintained by the National Center for Forensic Science (based at the University of Central Florida).

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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

Training Day April 30th 2014

Fire Scene Examination and Report Writing

Our day long training day took place on April 30th in the Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre Malahide Road Marino.

The theme was how to investigate the scene of a fire and the compiling of a report. Case studies from Fire Investigators, information from the Garda Technical Bureau and scene photography were among the topics covered.

The conference was aimed at those working in the industry from Fire Investigators, Gardaí, Fire Services, Insurance Investigators, Police Services and other interested parties.

Two presentations are available under the members download section from Professor Graham Jackson and Dr. Peter Mansi President of the International Association of Arson Investigators..

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Basic Electricity

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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

Certified Fire Investigator Trainer Station Nightclub Fire

An Analysis of the Station Nightclub Fire Requirements Adobe Flash Player 7.0 or later, Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later Credit Hours: 4 A band that was performing that night, during its performance, used pyrotechnics that ignited foam insulation lining the walls and ceiling of the platform being used as a stage. The fire spread quickly along the walls and ceiling area over the dance floor. Smoke was visible in the exit doorways in a little more than one minute, and flames were observed breaking through a portion of the roof in less than five minutes. Egress from the nightclub was hampered by crowding at the main entrance to the building. One hundred people lost their lives in the fire.

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