Training & Courses

Our classes are designed to provide the student with the technical competencies required to conduct fire origin and cause investigations. We go one step further ensuring our students are competent in those skills before they complete a program of study.

Currently, much of the fire investigation training offered around the world is classroom-based or virtual training solely focused on knowledge. This sole focus on knowledge is failing to prepare the investigators to attain the necessary skills to perform the tasks of an investigator. FFAI will offer both virtual and hands-on, teacher-supervised training in the latest forensic and fire investigation techniques. Training offered through FFAI will include both a substantial practical component as well as a theoretical component to ensure the attendees are competent and proficient in the skills being taught. The training classes will be documented thoroughly to assure that competency testing and proficiency testing is completed for those attendees needing to demonstrate that they are meeting individual competencies by an independent peer-reviewed organization.

Best parts were live burns, live demonstrations of electrical failures, analysis of fire origin at burn cells, and creation of circuits.

Seminar: Spring Training

October 12-15, 2020

The seminar will be held at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in Richmond, KY. Each morning starts with a plenary speaker in the main auditorium presenting on various topics related to fire investigation. Following the plenary presentation, the students will move to their selected programs.  Each program includes 3 days of instruction and practical skill stations. On the last day of the seminar the participants will undergo a full day of skills testing. Both written and practical examinations will be conducted.

Being able to apply theory, written descriptions and illustrations to actual burns was great; just what I’ve been needing to do to improve. The balance between classroom and hands-on was excellent.

Choose 1 of these 3 programs for the Seminar:

Fuel Gas Systems-Operating Characteristics, Testing, and Analysis of fuel gas systems (3 days)

Course description: The fundamentals of residential and commercial natural and propane gas systems will be examined. Component identification and characteristics of operation will be discussed. Hands-on analysis of gas systems and component identification will be conducted in the context of what to analyze for involvement in fuel gas explosions and fires. Procedures for identification, collection, and preservation of fuel gas systems will be demonstrated and participants will be required to perform these activities for completion of the course. The participants will also be required to perform testing of systems (e.g. Gas meter test, flow and lock up tests, soap bubble test, pressure drop tests).

Forensic Analysis of Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems (3 days)

Course description: This course will cover the identification of common life safety system issues related to litigation, including the investigator’s role in the Identification, protection, and preservation of these components and systems. This course covers the fundamentals of detection and notification appliances, operational characteristics of manual and automatic fire protection systems, components of passive fire protection systems, and components of egress systems.  Specific life safety features to be discussed include smoke alarms, heat detectors, components of a sprinkler systems, strobes, and egress hardware.  Participants will engage in hands-on activities of inspection, testing and maintenance of common maintenance failures.  Laboratory analysis of smoke alarms for enhanced soot deposition will also be conducted.

Forensic Fire Analysis Institute-The Basic Course (3 days) 

Course description: This course will cover the basics of fire investigation through the initial origin and cause investigation. Many of the basic job performance requirements (JPRs) for a fire investigator will be covered. Participants will be put through a fire investigation academy where the participants will engage in hands-on exercises to hone their basic skills to document a fire scene; collect, preserve, and protect evidence; identify and analyze fire effects and fire patterns; evaluate a fire scene for origin determination; and identify the components to determine a cause of a fire. The creation of heat and flame vector analysis diagrams, origin matrix, and measurable data will be discussed and practiced.

Fall Seminar – $695 (USD)

When
October 12-15, 2020

Where
Eastern Kentucky University
521 Lancaster Ave
Richmond, KY 40475, USA

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Future Classes


Documentation

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
NFPA Component: NFPA 1033 4.3

Evidence Collection

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
NFPA Component: NFPA 1033 4.4

Interviews

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
NFPA Component: NFPA 1033 4.5

Post-Incident Investigation

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
NFPA Component: NFPA 1033 4.6

Presentations

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
NFPA Component: NFPA 1033 4.7

Scene Examination

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
NFPA Component: NFPA 1033 4.2

Scientific Method, Safety, Legal,
Incident Management System

Type of Test: Knowledge
NFPA Component: NFPA 1033 4.1

Elective Courses


Fuel Gas Appliances

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
Type of Training: Hands On
NFPA Component: NFPA 921

Electrical Appliances

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
Type of Training:Hands On
NFPA Component: NFPA 921

Electrical Systems Analysis

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
Type of Training:Hands On
NFPA Component: NFPA 921

Computer Fire Modeling

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
Type of Training:Hands On
NFPA Component: NFPA 921/SFPE

Wildland Fire

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
Type of Training:Hands On
NFPA Component: NFPA 921

Vehicle Fire

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
Type of Training:Hands On
NFPA Component: NFPA 921

Heavy Equipment Fires

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
Type of Training:Hands On
NFPA Component: NFPA 921

Marine Fires

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
Type of Training:Hands On
NFPA Component: NFPA 921

Fire Protection Systems

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
Type of Training:Hands On
NFPA Component: NFPA 921/FPH

Hazardous Materials

Type of Test: Knowledge & Skills
Type of Training:Hands On
NFPA Component: OTI/OSHA/NFPA 921