6th Annual Forensic Fire Death Investigations Course

This course will be delivered in conjunction with Eastern Kentucky University, Sam Houston State University, & the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Course Details

Course Costs: Pre-payment is required before a seat is guaranteed

There are still spaces available for the 2018 Fire Death Class.

  • $620 – before June 1, 2018
  • $750 – after June 1, 2018

Payments are non-refundable after June 30 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 24th – 28th, 2018
  • Where – Classroom:

Sam Houston State University
1600 Bobby K. Marks Drive | Room 202
Huntsville, Texas 77341

  • Live burn site: Location TBA

Target Audience

Fire Investigators, Law Enforcement professionals, Lawyers (Prosecution AND Defense), and professionals who may become involved in fire death investigations.

Course Description

Tied to the use of the Scientific Method, this dynamic course has been developed over the last five years by the CCFAIA, in cooperation with the UNT Forensic Anthropology Lab, and Sam Houston State University. Hugely successful throughout Texas and beyond, we have delivered this training to well over 300 students in the first five years!

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 investigative training programs.

Mail your registration with check payable to Collin County Fire Investigator’s Association, Inc. to:
Jeff Bell – 
Collin County Fire Investigator’s Association, Inc.
500 State Highway 5 • Fairview, Texas 75069

Register in advance by email to: Steve.Seddig@WylieTexas.gov or fax registration to (972) 516-6355

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.

Course Schedule

September 24- 28, 2018. 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 24, 2018.

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

Annual Course Brochure Download

If you would like to download a .pdf copy of our course brochure, click the download link to your right.