CFITrainer.Net Podcast

The IAAI and CFITrainer.Net present these podcasts with a focus on issues relating to fire investigation. With expertise from around the world, the International Association of Arson Investigators produces these podcasts to bring more information and electronic media to fire investigators looking for training, education and general information about fire investigation. Topics include recent technologies, issues in the news, training opportunities, changes in laws and standards and any other topic that might be of interest to a fire investigator or industry professional affected by fire. Information is presented using a combination of original stories and interviews with scientists, leaders in fire investigation from the fire service and the law enforcement community.

September 2019 Podcast

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ROD AMMON: Welcome to this edition of the IAAI’s CFITrainer.Net podcast. We have two topics on the agenda today, a report from the location of wildland fire investigation training that was conducted by the IAAI California chapter in September 2019 and some interesting thoughts on the potential of big data in fire prevention.

First, CFITrainer.Net went on location to California for a firsthand look at wildland fire investigation training conducted by the California chapter of IAAI, which is called the California Conference of Arson Investigators. On that trip, we had the opportunity to speak with many folks connected with the training besides just learning and reporting. I was surrounded by welcoming people who really let me into their work. Everyone was passionate about their job, and their passion migrated to me. Wildland fire is a huge issue in our country, and we know at CFITrainer that we have to be paying attention and getting the best info to you, our audience.

We’ll open with Tom Fee. He’s the past president of the IAAI. He’s an IAAI CFI and a CCAI CFI and the chairperson of the CCAI training committee. You should know that we are planning on this wildland feature of the podcast to have three parts. Two parts of the podcast will be audio and interviews. That will be section one, which you’ll hear today and then section two or part two when we come back either later this month or in the next month during the next podcast.

The third part is going to be something special. We’re going to be setting up a micro website, a small website that will probably be inside CFI Trainer that will allow you to take a look at what we believe is what you want to see the most, to see what happens during these fires.

To do that, we’re going to gather and edit some video taken by all the players who shot this training in different ways, from the ground, within the fire, and from the air before, during, and after the fire. In the second part of the podcast, we will continue our coverage of the burns, and we will talk to Dr. Vyto Babrauskas about his work at the fires in validating different indicators. Let’s first talk to Tom Fee, and then we’ll get in the truck with Greg Liddicoat, one of the instructors in San Luis Obispo. He’s an IAAI CFI, a CFEI, and an investigator, instructor, and expert on wildland fires from Minden, Nevada. Let’s get to Tom Fee first.

So, I’m here with Tom Fee who is leading this effort that’s going on out here in California. So, tell me about the overall importance of training wildfire – training these investigators about wildfire.

TOM FEE: Well, wildfires have kind of taken over our country, and the discussion of fires turned from structural fires to wildfires a few years ago when California got hit. Florida got hit. Texas got hit. Just about all the states experienced wildfires that were not experienced in the past, and so it – not only is it the talk of the country, it’s also the number-one focus is how do you put them out, and how do you find out what started them and where they start.

And this particular class is a lead-in to a full-blown investigation class, but it’s to take and provide an introductory effort and get the interest built up in fire investigators, in wildland fire investigation. Wildland fire investigation is different than structural fire investigation in that the indicators are all different. We don’t have trees in our living room, and we don’t have couches out in the forest normally. So, consequently, you’re looking at different things in both types of fires, so what we’re doing here is we’re showing them what the different wildland indicators are.

You’re looking at fence posts. You’re looking at trees. You’re looking at utility poles. You’re looking at rocks on the ground. You’re looking at any debris that’s laying on the ground. Anything that leaves a fire pattern is an indicator as to which way that fire was moving on the ground, and the first thing you have to do in wildland fire investigation is follow your indicators back to the source, where it started. Then you start looking for the cause. If you do it the other way around, it just doesn’t come across well. You don’t get a good ending.

ROD AMMON: Got it. We’ll take a break until chainsaw man is done. So, I’m actually in a truck right now with Greg Liddicoat, and he’s one of the instructors for the class that’s going to be on wildland here. We’re out near San Luis Obispo, and we’re going to be taking a little stroll, actually a little drive around an area that we’re looking at, which is supposed to be around three parcels – three acres a piece. There’s supposed to be wildland, a burn area for training. The vegetation or the fuel for this is a lot longer than a lot of us expected from looking at the aerial photos, and what we’ve got is vegetation that’s anywhere from – well, let’s say a foot to 6 feet tall and mounds of dirt, and geography is not just flat. It’s going up and down quite a bit.

So, as we’re driving around here, we’re seeing different fire breaks that are already in place. There’s some roads that are about 10 to 15 feet wide that have been cut through this parcel, so that’s good news. The rough part is that they’re only about 10, 15 feet wide. If there was an actual fire going on out here, we’d need them to be wider to actually make this stop so some of the preparations right now going on are to try to get those fire breaks to be wider, bring some kind of heavy machinery out here to scrape some of this so we’ve got some wider fire breaks to be able to do more controlled burns. So, Greg, tell me a little bit about this setup. You just found one of the parcels or what are you calling it, a plot?

GREG LIDDICOAT: Plot, yeah, and part of our goal here is we’re going to set up a scenario where we have possibly up to three different sources of ignition, and the goal is t get the students to find the right source of ignition to start a fire. So being a paved road, which is typical, it could be something like a blown tire. The remains of a blown tire could have started a fire. We might have cigarette butts, a cigarette fire. In this case, we’re probably not going to have – we’re not going to meet the criteria at all for a cigarette to start a fire. And then we may have something else that we’ll put out there like an actual arson device.

ROD AMMON: So, tell me a little bit because it was surprising to me because when I look at this, it all looks very dry. But I know you all were looking at humidity, relative humidity and those kind of things. Why would you rule out a cigarette butt with this? And I know you wouldn’t rule that out in an investigation, but in a training setup right now, why are you saying that?

GREG LIDDICOAT: Because cigarette studies done have shown that a cigarette cannot start a wildland fire as easily as most people think. It’s been one of those catch-all things where in the past where an investigator couldn’t find a source but there’s plenty of cigarette butts alongside the road, so he’d blame it on a cigarette butt or cigarette fire. Well, the studies have shown that if you got relative humidity basically over 20%, and the temperature doesn’t get up to about 80 degrees, a cigarette can’t start a fire. And we’ll show you that. We’ll some time – a couple times during the day here, I’ll lay a cigarette out here in the grass and find fuel, and we won’t get a fire.

We have other issues that are more – actually becoming more important. For example, we have a focus, a prevention focus on cigarettes, not throwing them out your window and stuff. But particularly in the west here, in California, in Nevada, Utah, Arizona and stuff, we have target shooting, people going out in public lands and just setting up a steel target or something like that. And we’re actually getting more fires from those than we are from cigarettes.

ROD AMMON: And how is that happening?

GREG LIDDICOAT: It’s the sheering effect of the bullet striking a solid object, so when the bullet hits something, it sheers the metal, and the metal then becomes very hot. Well, on a wildland fuel, the typical ignition temperature is 450 degrees. That’s not very much. A lead bullet striking a solid object, and again this is one of the things that’s been tested, actually gets up to about 750 degrees.

ROD AMMON: So, it’s not the gun firing.

GREG LIDDICOAT: No. It is the bullet striking a solid object, and like I said, it’s kind of a heat transfer, turning energy, that energy of velocity and then stopping it, and then the sheering effect of the bullet coming apart.

ROD AMMON: Interesting.

TERRY TAYLOR: And then that mass of the bullet is able to retain and radiate heat over a sufficient period of time to ignite the fine fuels. My name is Terry Taylor. I’m a retired fire captain and investigator from the East Fork Fire District in Minden, Nevada. I’ve been a fire investigator since 1980, and I’ve been an adjunct instructor in the National Fire Academy’s Fire Arson Investigation Program. We’ve been teaching FI210 in Minden, Nevada.

We’ve taught over 320 students over the last 15 years under the aegis of the Nevada chapter of IAAI and the Sierra Front Wildfire Cooperators, which is a bi-state organization involving the California and Nevada US Forest Service Bureau of Land Management and all the local entities: Lake Tahoe Basin, basically from Bridgeport, California all the way up to Susanville, California and that area. So, the local government entities are all members. Everybody contributes in, and we’re able to teach FI210, a 40-hour class, at the Minden Tahoe Airport and have successfully graduated a lot of students.

ROD AMMON: You mentioned Dr. Babrauskas is going to be doing some things out here, so give me a quick rundown of the goal.

TERRY TAYLOR: There’s multiple goals I guess is probably the best way to put it. Dr. Babrauskas has some ideas on trying to validate the methodology that we use in FI210 and that there has been no real scientific paper even though those of us that do this, we’ve had it work. We’ve had it take us to a fire that we didn’t know where it started. The science is here. We have to go along with the science and use the scientific method with a systematic approach, which FI210 does do. So, we need to be able to create a spot where Dr. Babrauskas can test basically where are the different movement patterns. And we also have students coming in, so we have to be able to give them just a quick overview and sort of introduce them to the topic.

GREG LIDDICOAT: Typically, when we teach the class, we break them into groups of four or five people, teams, and let them investigate their plots. When we do classes, they usually have at least five fire scenes they can investigate by the end of the class, so in that 40 hours, they get five different fire scenes. One of them is their final practicum, and again we typically – the last couple fires they have a couple of ignition sources, and they have to identify the correct ignition source. So, a lot of times we’ll use a cigarette butt, a cigarette. Well, we know the criteria here we’ll never get one to start. Probably the entire week we will not be able to get a fire started with a cigarette. But we’ll put them out there and see if they bite, but it will also improve things around here, too. Instead of this junk, if you will, vegetation, it should come back basically in grass hopefully. And so even though the quail like the brush and stuff, it’s going to be better off for most of the wildlife here.

ROD AMMON: It will also be safer, won’t it, for the buildings that are around here.

GREG LIDDICOAT: Oh yeah, definitely. I mean we’re – right now we’re looking at fuel breaks that aren’t wide enough to protect buildings like this auditorium here. This shield break around here is not sufficient to protect it. They’ve got a probably – looks like about a 20-foot fuel break around it, and basically the minimum criteria here in California is 30 feet. But I haven’t seen a 30-foot clearance around any of these buildings here.

ROD AMMON: Sometimes you just need to make the door or the window a little bit bigger. That’s what we’re hearing now.

So, we’re actually going into the base now. Why are we doing that, Terry?

TERRY TAYLOR: We’re doing that so we can get access to an area where there are eucalyptus saplings that we’re going to remove and bring back to our burn area. We have an area that has a lot of dry grass, and we have an area that – and that also has tall weeds that are over 6 feet tall, and then there’s brush. And so, we need some saplings to represent young trees. All of these items, when a fire goes through, give us evidence of what, in fact, the fire movement is. Is it fire moving forward? Is it moving sideways, or is it moving backwards? And those are one of the things that we are teaching in the class itself. And we all have to break out our IDs here.

ROD AMMON: Nothing like an electric chainsaw to make work take a little bit longer. Got two guys out here cutting down eucalyptus, as Terry was telling us. Talking about logistics, we’re sitting here. We cut down these eucalyptus trees, which you’d think already drove three, four miles to go get trees, stuck those in the back of a pickup truck, and now we’ve got to worry about how we get back because we can’t go driving on the highway with eucalyptus trees hanging out of the back of a pickup, so more logistics. Contact the base, get a specific gate open, and bring those trees through at a slow rate of speed.

Another interesting sort of side bar here, different agencies need to get different approvals, and we’re waiting for a big front-bladed, heavy vehicle that’s going to push – create the fire breaks, and for that to be released, they need to get a letter. Thank God for email.

We’re just going to talk. I’m here with Carlo. Carlo, what’s your full name?

CARLO GUAJARDO: My name is Carlo Guajardo. I’m coming up from Orange County. I’m with Forensic Fire with Jim Brown.

ROD AMMON: Tell me what you’re doing. We heard people talking about drones.

CARLO GUAJARDO: Sure. I’m going to go ahead and put this drone up. I want to do some before shots, videos and stills of the area in which we’re going to burn just so we can have a comparison before and after. That’s what we’re looking at doing today.

ROD AMMON: So, you – we’re out near SLO, so you have to get clearance?

CARLO GUAJARDO: Especially here where we’re at, there’s an airport nearby, and you’re not supposed to be flying around airports. They actually geo-fence the area, so you can’t take off, in most cases, airports, national parks. You’re not supposed to fly around hospitals, places like that, but they actually got clearance from the nearby airport, so we can fly these drones.

ROD AMMON: Great to hear. We look forward to your footage.

CARLO GUAJARDO: Okay. Thank you.

ROD AMMON: So, we just got a little bit of a newsflash. After all that happy communication about the fact that we had approval to bring in the CAT to be able to create those fuel breaks, we just found out that got nixed because it’s a tract vehicle. So now the search is on for something that’s not a tract vehicle that can cut the breaks, oh yeah, in the next couple hours.

TERRY TAYLOR: Well, what I’m saying is the dividing here, dividing these in here, if a hand crew cut a line and then we had like what happened in Paso Robles…

ROD AMMON: So, we’re obviously hearing conversation about the options to create new fire breaks.

TERRY TAYLOR: … an inch and a half wildland line, or you could pull peanut lines and deploy down to stop the jumping.

GREG LIDDICOAT: Here’s another thought, Terry, is we’re going to cut down these power poles. Why don’t we chop one of those power poles into about a 10-foot length?

TERRY TAYLOR: And drag it.

GREG LIDDICOAT: And drag it and knock down the weeds. We’ll just crush the weeds down, and that will give us a width to run an engine through. That would give us a break.

TERRY TAYLOR: That’s actually a great idea.

GREG LIDDICOAT: I’ll tie it onto the back of my truck, and we’ll just – I’ll just drive right through, and we can make a break.

ROD AMMON: Terry, did I just hear you say that Greg had a good idea?

TERRY TAYLOR: Yes, yes, and we’ve known each other long enough. We rarely agree about great ideas.

GREG LIDDICOAT: He originally – I had him set up where he’d have two cameras. Now he’s down to one, so – but I know Scotty. I’ll put him in turnouts. I’ll just wade him out through the fire and turn the camera.

ROD AMMON: We didn’t actually just hear that. We’re joking, and we need to make sure we’re clear about that.

SCOTT BAKER: Scott Baker, arson bomb investigator, state of California, California State Fire Marshal, Fire Engineering and Investigation Division.

ROD AMMON: Wow, okay, and you’re here doing some things with photography, so I wanted to find out a little bit about what you were doing with your camera setup.

SCOTT BAKER: We have a 50-caliber ammo can, and we have it lined with 1 inch of hardwood, and we have one end of it cut out with Thermoglass we got from a fireplace store, and they’ve cut it to fit the box, and we put thermal glue on it. We’ve already used it a couple times. It works, so what we’re trying to do is see visually the fire is actually – it’s approaching the camera as it overruns the camera, as it passes the camera, and then we’ll swing the camera down and show how the fire is advancing away from the camera. Hopefully we’ll be able to see the patterns we always talk about, how they’re formed, and we had this hypothesis how they’re made, but now we’ll actually be able to see how they’re made. We’ll watch it.

ROD AMMON: So, we’re walking out. I’m going to head over to these guys who are going to be dropping some of these indicators. It’s like an orangey-red ammo can sitting out with a class window on it in the middle of a 20-some-mile-an-hour wind, looks nice.

SCOTT BAKER: The nice thing here, with the patterns we’ve got, we have undisturbed area and disturbed area. Johnny is driving out into the brush. He’s going to make a set, and he’s going to leave, and you’ll be able to see the patterns on the ground where Johnny drove his vehicle out here because it mashed the ground down. We have some trees in the area. Hopefully we’ll see some really nice burn patterns on them also.

GREG LIDDICOAT: All in all, the weather is still holding good for us. I’m very excited about tomorrow morning. I think when we light this thing, we’re going to see some nice fire and get some good results.

ROD AMMON: Our second topic today is a buzzword that many of us have probably heard but don’t really understand. Yet it has the potential to really change the practice of fire prevention through better data reporting and analysis. That buzzword is big data. First, let’s side aside any predispositions we might have to equate big data with big brother. In the context of fire investigation and fire prevention, we aren’t talking about the surveillance or covert monitoring. What we’re talking about here is how we can better capture, store, analyze, and share information about fire causes in the service of identifying ways we can prevent fires from occurring in the first place.

Think about all: all the recorded fire causes in every country since the beginning of record keeping. Analyzing that data can’t really be done with traditional methods. One research organization, the University of Sheffield in England, recently took on the challenge of using predictive analytics, which is analysis of historical data for the purpose of predicting future events in fire prevention. This is an interesting emerging field that we’re keeping our eye on. We plan to bring you other interviews and follow up on this topic in the future. We will be highlighting some of the researchers working with big data and fire prevention and hopefully some of their findings.

We’ve talked before on this podcast about the challenges of collecting data on fire causes here in the United States including the fact that this data collection is not mandatory. It is often incomplete or unfinished. Fire cause determination might not be made until well after a reporting form is filed or maybe changed at a later date without the reporting being updated, and that undetermined has been a poorly understood term and thus often not used properly as a fire cause determination or a classification. If we are truly to harness the power of big data, we’re going to have to take a hard look at how these data sets are defined, reported, compiled, stored, and sorted so we can have confidence in the conclusions from the analysis of that data. More on this in the future.

Don’t forget, we’re going to have a part two of the wildland feature, let’s call it, when we went out to California, and we’re going to be making sure that we do the microsite that we discussed where we’re going to allow you to take a look at the images and the video that were shot at the training.

Once again, I want to thank all of those out at the CCAI in San Luis Obispo, and express to them a lot of gratitude for having us out there, getting us anything we needed, and letting us be part of – any part of the training that we wanted to so that we could record interviews.

Thanks for joining us today on this podcast. Stay safe. We’ll see you next time on CFITrainer.Net. For the IAAI and CFITrainer.Net, I’m Rod Ammon.

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2012

Mid Year 2012 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - Mid Year '12 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This podcast features a mid-year update on the IAAI’s new initiatives and ways for you to get more involved with the organization.
September 2012 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - September '12 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month's podcast features an in-depth look at the recent live-burn fire experiments exercise conducted on Governor’s Island, New York by the New York City Fire Department, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Underwriters Laboratory, and the Trust for Governor’s Island.
August 2012 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - August '12 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This is a special edition of the CFITrainer.Net podcast previewing the ITC 2013. There’s a new name for the Annual Training Conference from the IAAI now called the International Training conference.
April 2012 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - April '12 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month's podcast features an interview with Chief Ernest Mitchell, Jr., the US Fire Administrator. Also we will discuss the upcoming ATC, Annual Training Conference, from the IAAI about to happen in Dover, Delaware.
March 2012 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - March '12 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month's podcast features an interview with ATF Special Agent Billy Malagassi out of the Tulsa, OK Field Office about investigating fires in clandestine drug labs. We also report on NIST’s findings in the Charleston Sofa Super Store fire and IAAI’s Evidence Collection Practicum.

2011

December 2011 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - December '11 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month's podcast features one of the presenters from this year’s IAAI ATC and see how a single photo broke the Provo Tabernacle fire case.
October 2011 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - October '11 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month's podcast features an interview with Deborah Nietch, the new Executive Director of IAAI.
July 2011 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - July '11 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month's podcast features an interview with Tom Fee discussing details of investigating wildland fires.
June 2011 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - June '11 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month's podcast features a lot of exciting things that are happening at CFITrainer.Net
May 2011 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - May '11 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month highlights the IAAI ATC in Las Vegas and the third installment in the "It Could Happen to You" series.
ATC 2011 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - This podcast discusses the upcoming IAAI Annual Training Conference and National Arson Awareness Week.
April 2011 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - April '11 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This podcast announces the release of the program, The First Responder’s Role in Fire Investigation, which teaches first responders how to make critical observations and take important scene preservation actions at a fire scene.
March 2011 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - March '11 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features some of the instructors from the upcoming 2011 Annual Training Conference, to provide a preview of the courses they will be presenting.
February 2011 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - February '11 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features an update on fire grants and an interview with Steve Austin
January 2011 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - January '11 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features the release of the new edition of Fire Investigator: Principles and Practice to NFPA 921 and 1033, new flammability requirements from UL for pre-lit artificial Christmas trees and a growing fire problem in Dubai with factories turned into worker dormitories.

2010

December 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - December '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast focuses on home candle fires, lightning punctures in gas piping, and respiratory diseases in the fire services.
November 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - November '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features research findings for structural stability in engineered lumber by UL, the ban on antifreeze in residential sprinkler systems, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigation of Jeep Grand Cherokee fuel tanks.
October 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - October '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features high-profile fire cases, why people leave stovetop cooking unattended and how new sensors under development may improve fire research.
September 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - September '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features how to use the ATF’s Bomb Arson Tracking System, IAAI Foundation grants, electrical fires and indoor marijuana cultivation.
August 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - August '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast focuses on social media as a fire investigation tool, a potential problem with modular home glued ceilings and research from Underwriters Laboratories on the effects of ventilation on structure fires.
July 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - July '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast is a roundtable on some of the latest research and technical activities that impact fire investigation, featuring Daniel Madrzykowski (moderator), Steven Kerber, and Dr. Fred Mowrer.
June 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - June '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast discusses career advancement, budget cuts and their impact on fire investigation, and the 2010-2016 ATF Strategic Plan.
ATC 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - Follow-up and Interviews from Orlando. Learn about the conference, hear what attendees had to say.
May 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - May '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. The second in our safety series called "It Could Happen To You." Our Long-Term Exposure roundtable is moderated by Robert Schaal.
April 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - April '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. The first of our two-part safety series called "It Could Happen To You." Our roundtable is moderated by Robert Schaal.
March 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - March '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features a conversation about legislative affairs affecting the fire service with Bill Webb, Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Research Institute.
February 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - February '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features our interview with a commercial kitchen’s fire expert about what you need to know when you work a commercial kitchen fire.
January 2010 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - January '10 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features a look at preliminary research on corrosion caused by Chinese drywall, a new database focused on fires in historic buildings, a warning on blown-in insulation, and the launch of the new firearson.com web site.

2009

December 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - December '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features cooking fires, highlights of the International Code Council’s Annual Meeting on code requirements, including requiring residential sprinkler systems, and an easy way to keep up with recalls from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
November 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - November '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features chimney fires, including recent news on surgical flash fires, a proposed national arsonist registry, lightning research and an innovation in personal protective equipment.
October 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - October '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast is devoted to Fire Prevention Week.
September 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - September '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features the relationship between climate conditions and fire risk, new research on formulating fireproof walls and the latest in IAAI news.
August 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - August '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month takes a look at the dangerous combination of summer heat and oily rags, the rise in vacant home fires, and preview research underway on Australia’s devastating "Black Saturday" brush fires.
July 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - July '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month features a look at outdoor grill fires, a fatal fire at a homeless camp in Southern NJ, new NIST research on human behavior during building fires, and IAAI news.
June 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - June '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features live reports from the 2009 IAAI Annual Training Conference held in May.
May 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - May '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This podcast is dedicated to National Arson Awareness Week.
April 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - April '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features the NFPA 921 chapter on marine fire investigations and the myth and reality of static electricity as a source of ignition.
March 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - March '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month focuses on the rise of the hybrid vehicle and what its unique engineering means for the investigation of vehicle fires, the rash of devastating arson fires in Coatesville, Pennsylvania from December 2008 to February 2009, and news from IAAI.
January 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - January '09 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast focuses on the deepening financial crisis in the US and arson for profit fires, how going green may pose a fire hazard and see how rope lighting may be a source of ignition, and IAAI’s Expert Witness Courtroom Testimony course.

2008

December 2008 CFITrainer.Net Podcast - December '08 IAAI & CFITrainer Fire Investigator Podcasts. This month’s podcast features Christmas tree fires, changes to critical fire investigation publications, the weak economy’s impact on home fires, wind’s effect on structure fires, and ATC 2009.

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