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).
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
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
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
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.
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