2014 fall fire symposium

St. Louis, MO


September 12, 2014

**Capacity is limited to the first 80 attendees, so RSVP quickly.

We would like to invite you to a full day of TRAINING and LIVE BURNS at the St. Louis County Police & Fire Academy.  This training event is brought to you FREE OF CHARGE by Firensics, Inc., and American Restoration Contractors (ARC).

Our training symposium will consist of three sessions and a presentation as described below, followed by a burn module analysis, live burn, and vehicle burn.  Attendees will leave armed with the tools to determine if their fire investigations are being handled properly from beginning to end.

Session I: The O&C

When handling a fire case, you reach for the phone to call your go-to guy: the O&C investigator.  He’s the one that is going to tell you what caused the fire.  All of the work and money you put into the claim is going to rest on this one person’s opinion.  Is he qualified?

Edward G. Roberts, IAAI-CFI, explains the principles of fire investigation, the step-by-step techniques and procedures used to make determinations of origin and cause, and how to evaluate the dependability of the findings you receive.


Session II: Dealing with Daubert

The biggest roadblock that experts face in Court is getting past Daubert challenges.  Experts are only allowed to testify if they can demonstrate competence in their field of  expertise.  After establishing competence, the expert needs to set forth not only his opinions, but that his opinions are not junk science.  To do this, the expert has to be able to show that he utilized a reliable methodology  to arrive at his opinions. 

Anthony J. Morrone of Cozen O’Connor will walk you through the pitfalls in the process and provide you with a roadmap to ensure that your expert can withstand attack. 

Session III: Scene Reconstruction

Every fire investigation involves a scene examination of some kind, be it in the field or through photographic analysis long after the scene has been destroyed.  But simply removing debris from the scene or vehicle is not enough.  The reconstruction of that scene is critical for the analysis of burn patterns and fire damage, developing and testing hypotheses, and following The Scientific Method.

Chris McDonald, IAAI-CFI, will take you through the process of scene examination and reconstruction, explaining the steps, techniques, and critical importance of scene reconstruction, and arm you with the knowledge to recognize a properly reconstructed fire scene.


St. Louis County Police &

Fire Academy

1266 Sutter Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63133



8:00 – 9:00 am

9:00 – 9:50

10:00 – 10:50

11:00 – 12:15

12:15 – 1:00

1:00 – 1:50

2:00 – 2:45



Registration and coffee

Session I

Session II

Session III

Lunch (provided)

Session IV

ARC Presentation

Burn module analysis, LIVE BURN of module, LIVE BURN of vehicle


ARC Construction, a locally owned and operated full service restoration company, will present an overview of what happens from the initial post-fire board-up through source protection, mitigation and the reconstruction process.  Our focus is protecting all interested parties and facilitating a smooth transition from board-up to recovery.

ARC Construction is providing the burn module for the class.

Session IV: Evidence Handling

From photographs to laboratory samples to multi-ton pieces of burned equipment, evidence comes in all shapes and sizes.  But all evidence has one thing in common: it is useless to you if not properly documented and tracked.

We will explain not only the importance of good evidence handling processes, but how to tell if your evidence is being collected and stored in a professional and court-tested manner.


Register Today!

To register respond to this email to tsullivan@firensics.com OR call our office: 1-855-347-3674!

Firensics, Inc. | 2412 Converse Street | Dallas, TX  75207 | 855-347-3674 | www.firensics.com