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ND IAAI ATC 2019-Electrical Aspects of Fire Investigation


North Dakota Chapter IAAI
2019 Annual Training Conference
September 18 – 20, 2019
Dickinson, North Dakota


Electricity and electrical systems are an integral part of a majority of origin and cause investigations. In order to have and maintain an acceptable knowledge level, this course addresses the critical skills essential to the effective investigation and evaluation of fires involving potential electrical fire causes. This course utilizes state of the art techniques, practices, protocols and standards to assist investigators to properly and effectively evaluate electrical systems and associated components to ascertain their role in a fire.

Students will be provided with a basic knowledge of electricity, electrical circuits and distribution systems, proper evaluation and recognition of common electrical faults and failures of electrical components and circuits, as well as a working knowledge of the National Electrical Code (NEC) and how it applies to fire investigations. The use of “Arc Mapping” will be discussed along with how it can be effectively used to assist in fire origin determination.

Through a series of instructor-led “hands-on” practical exercises, participants will also be able to demonstrate a general knowledge of electricity, electrical circuits, systems and arc mapping principles. This is not a standby and watch practical experience as students will be actively engaged in utilizing learned materials. Handouts and suggested personal protection equipment will be provided prior to class. Bring your laptop to access handouts during class. PLEASE BE PREPARED WITH PHOTOGRAPHIC AND/OR VIDEO EQUIPMENT TO RECORD HANDS ON DEMONSTRATIONS.

Topics to be covered include: Scene Safety, Definitions / Terms, AC vs. DC, Transformers, Three Phase Power, Branch Circuits, Service Entrance, Meter Usage, Circuit Breakers, Wiring, Measuring Voltage & Current, Atomic Theory and Electricity, Ohm’s Law / Joules’ Law, Magnetism. Electrical Failure, Evidence Collection, Scene Processing, Electrical Heating, Arcing Through Char & Melting, Myth Avoidance, Arc Mapping, Open Neutral Failure, Intrusion , Alarm and Surveillance Systems, Electrical Examinations, Case Studies

CFITRAINER.NET® Module Prerequisites-The following should be completed prior to attending:
Arc Mapping Basics
Basic Electricity
Electrical Safety
Residential Electrical Systems
Introduction to Evidence

Registration: September 18 -- 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M.

Class Times (Mountain Time Zone):
Wednesday, September 18: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Thursday, September 19: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Friday, September 20: 8:00 A.M. –12:00 P.M.

Lunch: Daily 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. (on your own)

Breaks: Provided by ND-IAAI

Banquet: Thursday, September 19 @ 7:00 P.M.
Cash Bar opens @ 6:30 P.M.

Annual Meeting: September 18, 2019
(time to be determined)

Demonstrations/Hands on: To be determined by
Instructor. Remember to bring appropriate attire
as some demonstrations may be outside.

Astoria Hotel
363 15th Street West
Dickinson, ND 58601
Reservations: (701) 456-5000
Room Rate: $65/night + applicable tax
Reservations are the responsibility of the attendee. Please request room block for IAAI Conference

IAAI: Testing PIN will be provided
P.O.S.T Certification: POST
credits will be applied for
through ND POST Board

ND IAAI Contact for further information:
Stuart Hammer
● stuart.hammer@minotnd.org
● 701-857-4740
Kimberly Ersland
● kersland@nd.gov
● 701-857-7615


Additional banquet ticket $25

Note: If you wish to register multiple members from your organization, please send the list of names to chris.burt@firearson.com.

Important Information:
● Non-member rate includes $25 ND-IAAI membership. Membership finalized upon completion of an application and approval by the ND-IAAI Board of Directors. Please obtain and complete the application at registration
● No one-day registrations are available for this conference
● Cancellation Policy: Full refund for cancellations on or before August 31, 2019. No refunds after September 5, 2019.

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