IAAI Indiana Chapter

Learn about the Indiana IAAI Chapter

IAAI Indiana Chapter Information

Learn about the Indiana Chapter of the IAAI

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The Indiana Chapter (#14) of the International Association of Arson Investigators

Founded in 1972, the Indiana IAAI chapter exists to to consistently improve the caliber, ability, and in-depth quality of fire investigation in the state.

The Indiana Chapter Won the IAAI Chapter of the Year Award in 2004!

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Benefits of Membership

Membership in the Indiana Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI Chapter 14) provides numerous opportunities in the field of fire investigation. Perhaps the most valuable benefit of membership is the fire investigation contacts you will make as a part of the IN-IAAI.

Please contact us if you have questions about membership.

Sign Up Challenge!

Get your Indiana membership dues free every year that you sign up five new members.  AND…  Get your (international) IAAI membership dues free if you sign up 5 new members in a year.

Chapter Meetings

At this time meetings may be either held in-person and/or via Zoom. RSVP for more information.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at 10am EST; in-person meeting location:
Frankfort Fire Department Training Building, 256 S. Clay St., Frankfort, IN 46041
(click here for photo, it can be a little confusing where to go)

If you would like to attend an IAAI Indiana Chapter meeting, please RSVP by contacting us at least one week prior to the meeting. Please watch our Facebook page for updates to meeting dates, times, and locations. Information about chapter meetings is often provided via our email notification group. Not a member of the group? Contact us to be included.

Indiana IAAI Chapter Regions

Region Representatives
(At Large Board Members)

Northern District
Phil Topor
NEFCO Fire Investigations
(219) 742-0010
ptopor [at] nefco [dot] net

Central District Director
Matthew Partain
Lawrence FD / Rimkus Consulting Group
317-954-5049
matthew.partain [at] yahoo [dot] com

Southern District
Josh Watterson
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
(317) 646-9992
jwatterson [at] dhs.in [dot] gov

IN-IAAI Regions

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Indiana Chapter Board Members

2023-4 IN-IAAI Board

(L to R) Phil Topor, Josh Watterson, Dave Kloss, Ross Keasling, Chris Ward (International IAAI Board Member), Jordan Saunders, Jess Shanahan, Matthew Partain, Jeff Cline

President

Jeff Cline
Frankfort Fire Department
(765) 652-3317
investigator_jcline [at] hotmail [dot] com

First Vice President

Jordan Saunders
Fire and Explosion Consultants, LLC
317-201-7672
Jordansaunders [at] fec-fire [dot] com

Second Vice President

Ross Keasling
Office of Indiana State Fire Marshal
317-509-0381
Rkeasling [at] dhs [dot] in [dot] gov

Immediate Past President

Mark Elder, IAAI-CFI®
Vernon Township Fire Department
317-850-7132
mark.elder66 [at] gmail [dot] com

Secretary

Jessica Shanahan
Erie Insurance
317-370-6475
Secretary [at] iniaai [dot] org

Treasurer

Dave Kloss, IAAI-CFI®
Shand Forensic Investigations
260-238-5800
dave [at] shandforensic [dot] com

Northern District Director

Phil Topor
NEFCO Fire Investigations
(219) 742-0010
ptopor [at] nefco [dot] net

Central District Director

Matthew Partain
Lawrence FD / Rimkus Consulting Group
317-954-5049
matthew.partain [at] yahoo [dot] com

Southern District Director

Josh Watterson
Indiana Department of Homeland Security
(317) 646-9992
jwatterson [at] dhs.in [dot] gov

IAAI-CFI® Director

Scott McDowell
scottmcdowell [at] goshencity [dot] com

Membership Chair

Jessica Shanahan
secretary [at] iniaai [dot] org

Training and Education Chair

Steve Shand
steve [at] shandforensic [dot] com

We’re looking for your words and pics!

If you have information that you would like to share, or know of any articles or reports that may be of special significance, please contact us.

The chapter is also always looking for interesting and/or unique investigative photographs to display at our annual conference and various training seminars. 8″X10″ photographs are preferred.

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