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Seminar Title:  
New Fire and Arson Investigator Academy Base on NFPA 921 and 1033 (Allen)

DATES:  12/13/2021 through 12/15/2021

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Samuel Allen

LOCATION:   Public Safety Complex - 1000 Bolton Avenue, Alexandria, LA  71301

HOTEL:  Holiday Inn - Alexandria, LA  318-442-9000 or 888 #
$55.00 Single or Double

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Samuel Allen has over twenty-three years in the field of investigations for both public and private sectors. Sam has obtained several certifications in forensic and fire investigations. Formed partnerships with both Federal and State Law Enforcement Agencies, including the Bureau ofAlcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Louisiana State Police and State Fire Marshal’s Office to maximize the resources available for fire investigations. Sam has been involved in over 700 fire and explosion scene examinations.



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Course Objectives

Fire investigators have historically relied upon damage as a means to conclude where a fire originated; however, the investigation of fires is one of the more complicated forensic sciences due to the continuously altered or destroyed evidence by the fire. The fire investigation community terms the resulting damage as fire effects and fire patterns, which are defined as “the observable or measurable changes in or on a material as a result of exposure to the fire”.

Course Objective:

Fire Investigation Overview

• In this course of instruction, you will receive the necessary tools and knowledge to assist you in obtaining the facts about fires.

• Fire investigation is the process of obtaining facts about a fire/explosion to bring you to a correct conclusion to the origin & cause of the event.

• This class is not intended to make you a “certified” fire investigator.

• This class is intended to start you into the “never ending” fire investigation world.

• Fire investigation– is the process of determining the origin, cause and development of a fire or explosion. The Fire Investigator

• Person who is generally responsible for obtaining facts about a fire to determine the origin, cause and responsibility.

• Great caution should be exercised when identifying the investigator as an “arson investigator”.

• This can give an inference that the fire was initially thought to be incendiary at the onset of the investigation.

NFPA 921, Current Edition

• “Guidefor Fire and Explosion Investigations”

• Intended to be a guide, although many courts are using it as a Standard of Care Systematic Approach

• This method provides for the organizational & analytical process which is desirable and necessary in a successful fire investigation.

Scientific Method

• The systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observations and experiment, and the formulation and testing of a hypothesis.

This course focuses on the systematic approach to investigate the origin and cause of fires. Participants will learn the chemistry and physics that are involved with a fire to assist in the identification and interpretation of fire damage. Participants will learn how to apply a seven-step method to assist in the overall process of determining the fire origin by use of the fire effects and burn patterns.



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