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

May 13-16, 2019

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. Participants will choose between two of the three listed programs as their field of study for the seminar. Each program includes 1.5 days of instruction and practical skill stations. On the last day of the seminar the participants will undergo a full day of testing on both of their chosen programs. 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 2 of these 3 programs for the Seminar:

1. Techniques for Cause Determination including x-rays and analysis

This certificate program tests knowledge and skills related to techniques for cause determination. Developing, testing, and selecting a final hypothesis for cause determination. Testing includes proficiencies in fire dynamics as it applies to cause determinations. Participants will demonstrate a working knowledge of fire science, laboratory examinations, and how to apply this knowledge to assess possible ignition mechanisms and failures. The candidate’s knowledge of ignition sequence concepts will be tested with a focus towards competencies of the heat source in the context of the first fuel ignited. Completion of written and skills testing is required. Required knowledge and skills include: [NFPA 1033-14 § 1.3.7 (8, 9, 11, 13); JPR’s 4.2.6, 4.2.7, 4.2.8] [NFPA 921-1 Basic Fire Science Chapter; Cause Chapter; Cause Classification Chapter; Failure Analysis and Analytical Tools Chapter; Appliance Chapter]

2. Scene Documentation

This certificate program tests knowledge and skills related to fire and explosion scene documentation. Topics will include photography, diagramming, and note taking. Traditional and newer tools and technology will be incorporated into hands-on and classroom activities. Participants will demonstrate a working knowledge of how to document a fire and explosion scene through a variety of methods. Completion of written and skills testing is required. Required knowledge and skills include: [NFPA 1033-14 § 1.3.7 (8, 9, 10, 11); JPR’s 4.3, 4.3.1, 4.3.2, 4.3.3] [NFPA 921-17 Documentation of the Investigation Chapter]

3. Evidence Collection and Preservation

This certificate program tests knowledge and skills related to the documentation, methods of collection, and preservation of evidence. Testing includes proficiencies in evidence identification, documentation, collection, and preservation. Additionally, the application of x-ray analysis Participants will demonstrate a working knowledge of the chain of custody, transmittal of evidence, and storage of evidence. Completion of written and skills testing is required. Required knowledge and skills include: [NFPA 1033-14 § 1.3.7 (8, 9, 10, 15); JPR’s 4.2.6, 4.4, 4.4.1, 4.4.2, 4.4.3, 4.4.4, 4.4.5] [NFPA 921-17 Physical Evidence Chapter]

Spring Seminar – $695 (USD)

When
May 13-16, 2019

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