New Fire and Arson Investigator Academy
DATES: 9/4/2019 through 9/6/2019
INSTRUCTOR(S): Steven Chasteen
LOCATION: Gallatin County Detention Center - 605 S. 16th Avenue, Bozeman, MT 59715
HOTEL: Holiday Inn - Bozeman, MT 406-587-4561
COURSE REGISTRATION FEE: $325.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.
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
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
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.
Pre-Payment is NOT required to register or attend this seminar
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS SEMINAR
|Conducting a valid, legal, and proper origin and cause investigation is the
first step in working towards a criminal investigation in an arson cause.
It is also important in the investigation of accidental fires so future fires
and injuries may be prevented.
This course will cover state of the art investigation practices for the new
and not so new fire investigator. Upon completion of this course the student
will have the necessary tools to become a professional fire investigator.
The training if followed will assist and prepare the investigator for the
challenges they may face in both criminal and civil investigations and court
Upon completion of this course the student shall be able to inspect and evaluate
the fire scene to determine the area and/or point of origin, source of ignition,
materials first ignited and the act or activity that brought the ignition
source and materials together. The necessary tools and equipment to perform
the investigations will also be listed and the usage of each discussed.
The student will be able to prepare diagrams of and take photographs
of the scene and utilize several forms of field notes necessary to compile
the final report.
The student will be able to identify, collect and preserve evidence recovered
at the fire scene using the proper physical and legal procedures to retain
the usefulness of the evidence in court proceedings.
The student will be able to conduct interviews to obtain usable information
in the assistance of determining the origin and cause of the fire and in
preparing the final report. Information will be provided on techniques for
conducting legal interrogations and obtaining usable confessions that will
withstand the challenges of the courtroom and legal system.
The student will receive training in conducting all post incident investigation
processes beyond the fire scene. Including the usage of public records, data
searches, and other financial records needed in a criminal and/or civil investigation.
The course will provide information that will prepare the student for making
presentations in legal proceedings, and in the preparation of reports that
will be usable for criminal prosecution and meet department requirements.
Resources That Will Be Helpful During Class:
Copy of NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications
for Fire Investigator
Copy of NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation or A Critical Analysis of NFPA 921
Newest Copy of Kirk’s Book on Fire Investigation