8th Annual Forensic Fire Death Investigations Course
This course will be delivered in cooperation with the “Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State” (FACTS), Retired Eastern Kentucky University Professor Jim Pharr & the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Course Costs: Pre-payment is required before a seat is guaranteed
Spaces are available for the 2020 Fire Death Class.
$520 – before July 1, 2020
$620 – after July 1, 2020
2020 Fire Death Class Polo Shirt provided for free.
Payments are non-refundable after July 1st but they can be transferred to another employee or department with prior approval. Payments will only be accepted during registration if agreed in advance.
When: September 21 – September 25, 2020
Where – Classroom: Freeman Ranch
Live burn site: Location TBA
2020’s Class will be in San Marcos, Texas
Accepting payment for the next Fire Death Class now, Contact:
Travis Green – Office: 972-886-4232 –firstname.lastname@example.org
GRANT TUITION REIMBURSEMENT
The 2020 Fire Death Class is waiting for approvals, for the fifth year in a row. Through the Texas Forest Service for Grant Tuition Reimbursement under HB2604.
For more information, please see the Texas Forest Service Grant Assistance Program website:
Fire Investigators, Law Enforcement professionals, Lawyers (Prosecution AND Defense), students, and professionals who may become involved in fire death investigations.
Tied to the use of the Scientific Method, this dynamic course has been developed over the last eight years by the CCFAIA, in cooperation with the UNT Forensic Anthropology Lab, Sam Houston State University and now in cooperation with the “Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State” (FACTS). To date we’ve delivered this training to well over 400 students from Texas and 14 other States.
Unique course offering hands-on investigation techniques utilizing live-burn training aids used in as many as ten scenarios. Participants will gain considerable knowledge of how to approach a multiple-death fire scene.
Five days of dynamic instruction including classroom lessons, plus a live field burning demonstration and team-based investigations to build expert testimony skills related to fire deaths.
Fire investigators primarily train on post – fire investigative techniques. This is contrary to other forms of forensic science investigative training that suggest the use of observation, experimentation, and conclusion. This is critical to formulating a theory/hypothesis that is tied to the scientific method. Our goal is to incrementally change this type of training, with more realistic science based investigative training programs.
There are very few chances to investigate a fire in a controlled environment such as this. Also, I cannot overstate the value of actually using cadavers and the forensic aspect of the course.
I would definitely recommend this class to other investigators. This level of instruction is usually not available until it happens in the real world, which at that point, it is not the time for learning. The subject matter is relevant and advanced. This is truly an experience that most people have not yet to be able to be a part of and the knowledge gained is unmeasured.
The class was a great hands-on experience that helped give exposure to high profile crime in a controlled environment.
Mail your registration with check payable to Collin County Fire Investigator’s Association, Inc. to:
Travis Green – Collin County Fire Investigator’s Association, Inc. 500 State Highway 5 • Fairview, Texas 75069
Register in advance, through the website, by email to: Steve.Seddig@WylieTexas.gov or fax registration to (972) 516-6355. Call Steve Seddig at (214) 843-0669 for questions or problems with registration and or payments questions.
Please provide: Name, Organization, and cell phone contact information. You will receive a confirmation and be placed on the roster.
Your seat will not be guaranteed without prepayment in addition to the completed registration form and CFITrainer.net transcript.
Fee’s are Non-Refundable, However they are Transferable.
Certificates will be issued. Texas Commission on Fire Protection & Texas Commission on Law Enforcement CE is authorized. See your training officer.
Attention members of The American Board of Medicolegal Death investigators;
This course has been approved for 40 hours CEU by TCOLE which is accepted by ABMDI for continuing education credits.
September 21 – September 25, 2020. Five days of classroom and field training for a total of 40 hours of training. Approximately 16 hours of hands on field investigation participation.
Several CFITrainer.net modules are required to be completed prior to the first day of class. A CFITrainer.net transcript must be included with your application or submitted on or before 8:00 am on September 21, 2020.
CFITrainer.net courses are available online at http://www.cfitrainer.net There are no costs or membership requirements to access these modules, listed below.
Arc Mapping Basics
Managing Complex Fire Scene Investigations
Post flashover Fires
Process of Elimination
The Impact of Ventilation in Building Structures on Fire Development
Investigating Fatal Fires
Registration begins at 7:30am. Training begins promptly at 8:00am through 6:00pm on Monday September 21, 2020.
Day 1: September 21, 2020
Classroom: (Freeman Center)
8:00-11:30AM “Introduction to Advanced Fire Death Investigation: Corpus Delicti” (John Cox, TX Ranger Drew Pilkington, Clint Williams)
11:30-12:30PM Lunch (on your own)
12:30-3:45 Fire Scene Reconstruction /Fire Patterns Inv. (James Pharr, EKU Associate Professor/Sgt. D. Vesely TXSFMO)
4:00 -6:00 Introduction to Arc Mapping (Tommy Sing Jr., Quest Fire Analysis)
Day 2: September 22, 2020
Classroom: (Freeman Center)
7:30-9:15 Fire Science/Chemistry Basics (James Pharr, EKU Associate Professor)
9:30 – 10:00 Live Burn
10:00-11:00 Fire Pre-Burn Scenario Walkthrough
11:30-12:30 Bio Profile Training (Dr. Daniel Wescott, Professor and Director, FACTS)
12:30-1:30 Lunch (on your own)
1:00-3:50 Osteology & Burned Bone (Dr. Daniel Wescott, Professor and Director, FACTS)
4:00-4:30 Camp Fire (Dr. Tim Gocha, Associate Director of FACTS)
4:30-5:00 Data Collection PowerPoint Standard (Ray Nichols–Lecture)
Day 3: September 23, 2020
Classroom: (Freeman Center)
8:00-10:50 Fire Dynamics (James Pharr, EKU Associate Professor)
11:00-12:00 Forensic Fire Scene Drone Mapping (Wendell Geigle, Victoria Fire Dept.)
12:00-1:00 Lunch (On your own)
1:00-3:20 Fire Patterns & Depth of Calcination/NFPA 1033 JPR’s (James Pharr, EKU Associate Professor)