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Seminar Title:  
Basics of Fire Investigation for New Fire Investigators

DATES:  4/10/2018 through 4/11/2018

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Steven Chasteen

LOCATION:  Sacramento Convention Center - 1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA  95814

HOTEL:  Hyatt Regency Sacramento - Sacramento, CA  916-443-1234
$209.00 Single or Double
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Steve Chasteen, AIFireE, C.F.I., C.F.E.I., has been in the fire service since 1972 serving as a volunteer firefighter and a full time career firefighter and company officer for 27 years for the City of Bloomington, Illinois Fire Department. He worked as a municipal fire investigator for the fire department for a number of years prior to returning to suppression duties on a ladder company where he retired as a Lieutenant.

Steve has also worked as a private fire investigator working in the insurance industry conducting fire investigations for the past 32 years. He has conducted more than 2,800 fire scene examinations and fire analysis to determine the origin and cause of the fire. Steve has testified extensively in both State and Federal Court as an expert witness. Steve is recognized as an “Associate at the Institute of Fire Engineers in London, England. He is a “Certified Fire Investigator” recognized by the International Association of Arson Investigators as well as a “Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator” recognized by the National Association of Fire Investigators. Steve also attended the ATF National Academy in Glynco, Ga. He is still a member of the MABAS 41 Fire Investigation Team in McLean County, Illinois.

Steve also works as a “Field Staff Instructor” with the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute in Champaign, Illinois. He has worked as one of the lead instructors in the Fire/Arson Investigation Training Program providing instruction to firefighters, police officers and insurance company representatives. He is also a National Instructor with the Public Agency Training Council in Indianapolis, Indiana. Steve has also provided fire investigation training to criminal investigators from various branches of the US Military.

Steve regularly consults with various local and state fire officials as well as law enforcement agencies around the country to provide assistance in fire investigation and fire scene analysis. He has also provided expert assistance to prosecutors in criminal cases as well as to the insurance industry and manufacturers in civil cases.

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Course Objectives

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This class is intended to cover the “basics” of fire investigation. It will be directed to those just getting into fire investigation. It will also serve as a “refresher” to those who may have more experience in fire investigation. This list will cover some of the topics that will be covered in this short course.

  • The use of NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033
  • Understanding fire behavior
  • Understanding flashover
  • Recognizing basic fire patterns
  • Recognizing the effects of ventilation
  • “Reading” the fire scene and determining the area of origin
  • Accidental & Incendiary Fire Causes
  • The student should bring along the 2017 Edition of NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033. The entire course will be presented using this reference material.

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