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Seminar Title:  
New Fire and Arson Investigator Academy

DATES:  11/15/2021 through 11/19/2021

INSTRUCTOR(S):  David West

LOCATION:  Wintersville Fire Department - 286 Luray Drive, Wintersville, OH  43953

HOTEL:  Holiday Inn - Steubenville, OH  
Contact Hotel for State Govt. Rate

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $525.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

David West,CFEI / KLEC Police Instructor, is a Retired Detective, with the Kentucky State Police, specializing in Arson Investigation and Electrical Fire Analysis for the past 25 years. Mr. West’s career began in the Electrical trade as a Contractor, he then became a State Certified Electrical Inspector, and used this electrical background to join the Kentucky State Police Arson Division examining electrical failures on fire scenes. He became a Police instructor, specializing in Electrical Fires and Fire Related Deaths, at the State Police Academy. His expertise has assisted State and Federal Agencies in examining electrical wiring systems, generating official reports, and testifying as an expert witness in cases.

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Course Objectives

  • Fire investigation is the process of obtaining pertinent facts about an incident through a systematic approach. The goal is to form a clear concise credible conclusion based on the evidence. This 4.5-day class will provide you with the knowledge to obtain facts about any fire investigation. This training is entry level for new personnel enteringinto fire investigation.

    Suppositions, misinformation false intuitions competency gaps will lead to false conclusions. Using the correct protocol based on empirical data with proper analysis equals a credible case.

    Upon completion:

    Participantswill be trained in the following:
    • Basic investigation Methodology

    • Understand fire behavior

    • Fire patterns

    • Origin and Cause determination

    • Testing alternative hypotheses

    • Determining accidental causes

    • Incendiary fires / profile

    • Identify potential for room flashover

    • Electrical and appliance fires

    • Evidence collection

    • Documenting the scene

    • Legal considerations

      Eachstudent will be asked to participate in group exercises given differentassignments of the above objectives from the instructor.

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