2020 Indiana Fire Investigation Conference

Investigators at an Indiana Fire Investigation Conference

Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, decisions regarding the 2021 Fire Investigation Conference are pending.

As always, we want to offer the best training opportunities for you, however, the health and well-being of our members is the top priority.  

Below you’ll find extensive information about the 2019 conference.

Presentations – Networking – CFI Testing – Awards Presentation – Vendors – Industry Groups

2019 Topics Addressed:

Dehumidifier and Electric Appliance Fires
Digital Photography for Fire Investigators
Electric Heater Failures
The Ugly Truth about Lithium Ion Batteries
The Richmond Hill Explosion, A Case Study
Hearts Don’t Lie: Murder, Arson, and Implanted Medical Devices

Registration is $225.00.
Registration includes hand-outs, lunch, refreshment breaks, and Certificate of Completion.

Online Registration is no longer available.
Online registration closed Wednesday, August 14.

Mail-in registration is no longer available.
Mail in registration had to be postmarked by Friday, August 9.

The training subjects provided meet their respective requirements of NFPA 1033, 2014 edition. This conference is providing 24 hours of tested training. Testing will be done on CFItrainer.net, using a PIN number that will be provided at the end of the conference.

IN-IAAI Conference Details

2018 IN-IAAI Fire Investigation Conference


The Grand Hall at Westlake Gardens
400 N High School Road
Indianapolis, Indiana


Wingate by Wyndham – Airport
5797 Rockville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46168
(317) 243-8310

The hotel is conveniently located less than 1 mile from the conference facility.

Discounted Room Rate:

If you are making reservations on the phone, please note that the special room rate for conference attendees ended July 19, 2019.

Lawrence William Tuck Investigator of the Year Award:

The Lawrence William Tuck Fire Investigator of the Year Award will be presented during the conference.
Click here for information on this award.

Click here for the 2019 nomination form.

Terry T. Fleming Lifetime Achievement Award:

The Terry T. Fleming Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented during the conference.
Click here for information on this award.


(subject to change without notice)

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Sunday, August 18, 2019 (at the hotel)

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. I.A.A.I. Evidence Collection Technician Practicum – Brue Van Dorpe
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. I.A.A.I. Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI®) Test – Jesse Storey

Monday, August 19, 2019

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Registration
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Dehumidifier and Electrical Appliance Fires — Derek Starr: SEA Limited
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Digital Photography for Fire Investigators — Ryan Cox: Fire Dynamics Analysis
(Please bring your camera)
6:00 p.m. Annual Tailgate Party

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Electric Heater Failures —  Jim Kanavy: IAAI Board of Directors
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lawrence Tuck Investigator Of The Year Award
Terry Fleming Lifetime Achievement Award
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Ugly Truth About Lithium Ion Batteries — Peter Layson: Application Engineering Group
5:00 p.m. Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The Richmond Hill Explosion — Mario Garza: IFD and Lucas Niekamp: Marion County Prosecutor’s Office
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Provided
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hearts Don’t Lie: Murder, Arson, and Implanted Medical Devices — Jeff Spaulding: Middletown Division of Fire

Breaks for stretching and refreshments will generally be given every hour. Daily raffle for door prizes will be held at the conclusion of breaks.


No liability is assumed by the Indiana Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators for changes in conference content, speakers, or venue.  The speaker’s presentation and content thereof is the sole responsibility of the individual speaker, and not necessarily endorsed by any of the persons organization associated with this conference.  The Indiana Chapter of the IAAI reserves the right to cancel, alter, or substitute any class or speaker without any advanced notice.

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