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.
<p>Welcome to IAAI’s October 2009 CFITrainer.Net Podcast. This month’s podcast is devoted to Fire Prevention Week, which is October 4-10, 2009. </p>
<p>Fire Prevention Week is an excellent opportunity for fire investigators to be involved in a community education effort that helps save lives. Every day, fire investigators see firsthand how fires are caused, how they spread, and what the consequences are of poor fire safety practices. Thus, investigators are in a great position to bring this knowledge to the community. Not only will the education protect the public, but it will also save firefighter lives by helping reduce the incidence of fires.</p>
<p>Because of the grassroots nature of this effort, the types of events that can be done on the local level are limited only by the imagination. Ideas for Fire Prevention Week activities include an open house at the fire department, "ask the investigator" classroom or assembly visits at schools and PTA meetings, a community-wide fire drill, smoke alarm installation seminars, “stop drop and roll” lessons, interviews and op/ed pieces with local media (including television, newspaper, radio, and Internet), and distribution of fire prevention brochures and flyers at key community locations such as the post office or grocery store. Free resources to support all these activities are available from the National Fire Protection Association on the firepreventionweek.org web site. Updates are also announced via Twitter, where you can follow <a href="http://www.twitter.com/FPW2009" target="_blank">twitter.com/FPW2009</a>. </p>
<p>Other free Fire Prevention Week ideas and resources are available online from these sources:
<li><a href="http://www.FireSafety.gov" target="_blank">FireSafety.gov</a> offers planning resources for adults; coloring pages, puzzles, and games that teach kids how to stay safe from fire; and media packages to help get local stations and newspapers to cover the issue.</li><br><br>
<li><a href="http://www.SafeTBear.org" target="_blank">SafeTBear.org</a> from the Delaware Valley Firemen’s Association offers a free DVD suitable for children ages 2-10 that uses animated characters to teach how to plan for and escape from a fire at home.</li><br><br>
<li><a href="http://www.usfa.dhs.gov/" target="_blank">USFA</a> offers a variety of Fire Safety resources for adults, kids, teachers, and parents. They also have resources aimed at populations with special needs, including older adults, people with disabilities, and college students. These special needs resources can support fire investigators in reaching out to these groups with information that addresses their specific situations. In addition, USFA resources support targeted topics like fireworks, smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide.</li><br><br>
<li><a href="http://www.Interfire.org" target="_blank">interFIRE.org</a> provides "Get Out Safely! A Teaching Tool in Support of Fire Prevention," which is a lesson plan for how to teach fire prevention using the virtual reality scene in interFIRE VR. The resource is available at <a href="http://www.interfire.org/features/nfpw.asp" target="_blank">http://www.interfire.org/features/nfpw.asp</a></li><br><br>
<li>Scholastic also focuses on providing lesson plans for K-5 teachers to do fire prevention activities in the classroom. These resources can be provided by the fire investigator to local teachers, or used in conjunction with teachers as the basis for the fire investigator’s visit to the classroom. Visit <a href="http://www.scholastic.com/firesafety" target="_blank">scholastic.com/firesafety</a> for access to the free lesson plans.</li><br><br>
<li><a href="http://www.BeFireSmart.Com" target="_blank">BeFireSmart.com</a> from Liberty Mutual offers a free, streaming series of videos starring famous people and other resources that teach key concepts in fire prevention and safety. And finally.</li><br><br>
<li><a href="http://www.SafeSleep.Org" target="_blank">SafeSleep.org</a> focuses on bedroom fire safety.</li><br><br>
<p>A recent news story underscores how crucial it is to keep up the fire safety and prevention effort. A new national survey from Underwriters Laboratories on children’s choices in a fire emergency found that although more than 90% of children said they would know exactly what to do in a fire emergency, only 47% correctly chose getting out of the building immediately as their first response to a fire. This finding demonstrates that it is critical to reinforce intellectual learning with physical practice that aims to ingrain the proper response as the reflex reaction. Through continual reinforcement and practice, more children will make good choices when confronted with the confusion and fear of a real fire emergency.</p>
<p>Finally, as we do each month, we’ll close with the news from the IAAI. </p>
<p>The Fire Investigation Technician professional designation program is underway with testing now available. Applications can be found on the IAAI website, firearson.com.</p>
<p>This year’s <a href="http://www.arsoninsuranceschool.com/" target="_blank">Advanced Arson Investigative Techniques for the Insurance Industry</a> Class offered by IAAI is fully booked. If you want to make a reservation, you can be placed on a waiting list which will be carried over to next year’s class enrollment. Contact IAAI to be placed on the waiting list.</p>
<p>Opportunities for IAAI members to be listed in the new IAAI Speaker’s Bureau can be found in the member’s only section of the <a href="http://www.firearson.com" target="_blank">firearson.com</a>.</p>
<p>That concludes this IAAI CFITrainer.Net podcast. Remember to participate in National Fire Prevention Week from October 4-10, this year and make a difference in your community. We’ll see you again next month.</p>
This program provides a primer on accreditation, certification, and certificates for fire investigation training.
A fire occurred on the night of Feb. 20, 2003, in The Station nightclub at 211 Cowesett Avenue, West Warwick, Rhode Island.
Arc Mapping, or Arc Fault Circuit Analysis, uses the electrical system to help reconstruct a scene, providing investigators with a means of determining the area of a fire’s origin.
This module introduces basic electrical concepts, including: terminology, atomic theory and electricity, Ohm’s Law, Joule’s Law, AC and DC power.
A fire occurred on the evening of June 18, 2007, in the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, SC that resulted in the deaths of nine fire fighters.
This module looks at the many ways fire investigators enter and grow in the profession through academia, the fire service, law enforcement, insurance, and engineering.
This module will present a description of the IAAI organization.
This module takes a closer look at four of the most commonly-reported accidental fire causes according to "NFPA Fact Sheet.
This program brings three highly experienced fire investigators and an attorney with experience as a prosecutor and civil litigator together for a round table discussion.
One of the legal proceedings that may require the fire investigator to testify is a deposition. Depositions are often related to civil proceedings, but more and more jurisdictions are using them in criminal cases.
Deposing attorneys employ a variety of tactics to learn about the expert witness giving testimony, to try to unsettle that witness to see how he/she handles such pressure, and to probe for weaknesses to exploit.
The program discusses the basics of digital photography for fire investigators as well as software and editing procedures for digital images intended as evidence.
This self-paced program is an introduction to discovery in civil proceedings such as fire loss claims and product defect lawsuits.
This self-paced program is an introduction to discovery in criminal proceedings.
This module covers the foundation of DNA evidence: defining, recognizing, collecting, and testing.
This program provides a practical overview of how to perform the baseline documentation tasks that occur at every scene.
This module will discuss the techniques and strategies for conducting a proper science-based fire scene investigation and effectively presenting an investigator’s findings in court as an expert witness.
This module presents critical electrical safety practices that every fire investigator should implement at every scene, every time.
In this program, we will look at emerging technologies that fire investigators are integrating into their daily investigative work with great success.
This self-paced program examines the fire investigator's ethical duties beyond the fire scene.
As social media has emerged as a powerful force in interpersonal communications, fire investigators are being confronted with new questions...
Should you work for a private lab as a consultant if you are on an Arson Task Force? How about accepting discounts from the local hardware store as a “thanks” for a job well done on a fire they had last year?
This module takes investigators into the forensic laboratory and shows them what happens to the different types of fire scene evidence that are typically submitted for testing.
This module teaches the foundational knowledge of explosion dynamics, which is a necessary precursor to investigating an explosion scene.
This module addresses the foundations of fire chemistry and places it within the context of fire scene investigations.
The program is designed to introduce a new Palm/Pocket PC application called CFI Calculator to users and provide examples of how it can be used by fire investigators in the field.
This module examines these concepts to help all professionals tasked with determining fire origin and cause better understand fire flow dynamics so they can apply that knowledge to both to fire investigation and to fire attack.
This module provides a road map for fire officers to integrate and navigate their fire investigation duty with all their other responsibilities and describes where to obtain specific training in fire investigation.
The evaluation of hazards and the assessment of the relative risks associated with the investigation of fires and explosions are critical factors in the management of any investigation.
This module will describe the most commonly encountered fire protection systems.
This module presents best practices in preparing for and conducting the informational interview with witnesses in the fire investigation case.
This module provides instruction on the fundamentals of residential building construction with an eye toward how building construction affects fire development.
This module provides introductory information on the Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard – 29 CFR 1910.120.
This module teaches first responders, including fire, police and EMS, how to make critical observations.
The program examines the importance of assessing the impact of ventilation on a fire.
This program discusses how to access insurance information, understand insurance documents, ask key questions of witnesses, and apply the information learned.
This module offers a basic introduction about how some selected major appliances operate.
This program introduces the fire investigator to the issues related to the collection, handling and use of evidence related to a fire investigation.
This program takes you inside the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) archives of some of the most interesting and instructive test burns and fire model simulations they have ever conducted.
The program provides foundational background on the scope of the youth-set fire problem, the importance of rigorous fire investigation in addressing this problem, and the role of key agencies in the response to a youth-set fire.
This module provides a thorough understanding of the ways an investigation changes when a fire-related death occurs.
This self-paced program will help you understand what to expect at a fire where an LODD has occurred, what your role is, how to interact with others, and how to handle special circumstances at the scene.
This program will introduce the fire investigator to the basic methodologies use to investigate vehicle fires.
This module presents the role natural gas can play in fire ignition, fuel load, and spread; the elements of investigating a fire in a residence where natural gas is present; and the potential role the gas utility or the municipality can play an investigation.
This self-paced program covers fundamental legal aspects of investigating youth-set fires, including the juvenile justice system, legalities of interviews and interrogations, arson statutes, search and seizure, and confidentiality.
This program discusses the latest developments in expert testimony under the Daubert standard, including the MagneTek case recently decided in the United States Circuit Court of Appeals.
This module focuses on how to manage investigations that have “complicating” factors.
This module uses the Motive, Means, and Opportunity case study to demonstrate how responsibility is determined in an arson case.
This program covers the general anatomy of a motor vehicle and a description of typical components of the engine, electrical, ignition, and fuel systems.
This self-paced program is the second part of a two-part basic introduction to motor vehicle systems. This program describes the function and major components of the transmission, exhaust, brake, and accessory systems.
This module educates the investigator about NFPA 1033’s importance, its requirements, and how those requirements impact the fire investigator’s professional development.
This module reviews the major changes included in the documents including the use of color photos in NFPA 921 and additional material that supports the expanded required knowledge list in NFPA 1033 Section 1.3.7.
The program illustrates for the fire investigator, how non-traditional fire scene evidence can be helpful during an investigation.
This module introduces the postflashover topic, describes ventilation-controlled fire flow, illustrates how the damage left by a postflashover can be significantly different than if that fire was extinguished preflashover.
This module demonstrates the investigative potential of information stored on electronic devices.
This module explains the relationship between NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921
This module lays the groundwork for understanding marine fires by covering four basic concepts that the investigator must understand before investigating a marine fire.
In this module, you will learn more about how cancer develops, what occupational exposure risks to carcinogens exist at fire scenes, and how to better protect yourself against those exposures.
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.
This module teaches the basics of the electrical power generation, distribution, and transmission system.
This module presents the basics of natural gas and its uses and system components in a residence.
The basics of the scientific method are deceptively simple: observe, hypothesize, test, and conclude.
This module explains the principles of search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment, as contained in the amendment and according to subsequent case law, and applies them to typical fire scene scenarios.
This module addresses the foundations of thermometry, including the definition of temperature, the scales used to measure temperature and much more.
This program presents the results of flame experiments conducted with a candle.
This self-paced program explains to non-investigators the role of the fire investigator, what the fire investigator does, how the fire investigator is trained, what qualifications the fire investigator must meet.
This module will untangle the meanings of "undetermined," straighten out how to use the term correctly, talk about how not to use it, and describe how to properly report fires where "undetermined" is the cause or classification.
This module will advise fire investigators on how to approach the fact-finding procedures necessary and validate a hypothesis.
This module provides an overview on how structures can become vacant and eventually abandoned.
This self-paced program provides a basic framework for structuring the management of fire cases and fire investigators.
This module illustrates how wildland fires spread, explains how to interpret burn patterns unique to these types of fires.
This module presents the key elements of the initial origin and cause report and methods of clearly presenting findings in a professional manner.