NFPA 921: A
Guide to Fire Investigation
This course is an overview of NFPA 921
This 4 day course is a tested course and is open to any
firefighter, police officer, prosecutor and coroner who may be involved in fire
investigation. Certificate of completion will be awarded.
An IAAI accredited course. This course is
designed to meet the minimum qualifications for CFI points in the category of
expert witness testimony. Classes are limited to 8 participants.
This class explores electrical theory and
combines live demonstrations with numerous case examples. Great practical field
application. Testing for CFI included.
This program was developed to assist all investigators
in understanding how public and private investigators can work together
investigating the same scene. Presented by an instructor with experience
representing both public and private interests, you can gain a tremendous
practical understanding of issues regarding spoiliation and preservation of a
This program is designed to demonstrate methods of
documentation. Emphasis will be on photography, diagramming, report writing and
will cover some legal aspects of scene documentation.
This is a unique experience to practice your expert
testimony skills in an attorney education program. The class is in cooperation
with IU Law School and is part of the curriculum for law students and
continuing education for practicing attorneys. There is a Public investigator
role and a private investigator role. Following is an account written by a
"As a participant
in this class I would like to share some of my experiences. The reports and
case scenarios are embarrassing to any competent fire investigator, but that's
not the objective, so get over it. There is a case that allows great
flexibility for both investigators, and you get an opportunity to work with
attorneys/students to identify strengths and weaknesses in the case. You get to
use your expertise to assist attorneys at the bench to develop proper cross
examination, and most importantly, you get to practice on the stand your own
techniques in combating cross examinations. As if that's not enough, the real
professional attorneys critique the direct exams and the cross-exams after each
10-15 minute segment. You get to hear the strategies that these professionals
propose, and you get insight into courtroom strategies that any good trial
attorney is going to implement. At the end of the day, I learned a lot and am
anticipating the next time that we get to provide this experience. "