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WV IAAI Fire Investigation Conference 2021


The West Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators
2021 Fire Investigation Conference

Monday and Tuesday, October 18th and 19th 2021
Morgantown, West Virginia

Topics include:
Maternal Filicide – Molly Delgado Double Homicide (4 hours)
George Harms (WV State Fire Marshal’s Office)
Fire dynamics, fire patterns, arc mapping and witness statements were all used in this case where a mother was convicted of setting two fires that killed her two sons while they slept.

Wildland Fires (4 hours)
John Bird & Don Kelley (WV Division of Forestry)
Brief overview of the systematic methodology standards established by the NWCG (National Wildfire Coordinating Group) while conducting a wildfire investigation found in the wildfire investigation chapter in NFPA 921.  Discussion points of the "certification standards" for a wildfire investigator and case reviews on the impact of an accurate origin and cause investigation. 

Don’t Get Burned!  Key Strategies for the Testifying Investigator (8 hours)
Brian Henry (Rolfes Henry Company)
This seminar is designed to assist fire origin and cause investigators in moving from subject-matter proficiency to being able to serve as testifying experts.  Key elements will include the mechanics underlying a strong testimonial skill-set, common pitfalls plaguing testifying experts, and the protections for experts which are necessary in today’s litigious world.  The seminar will also inform potentially-testifying expert witnesses of the hazards associated with serving as testifying experts, including providing a primer on expert preclusion, deposition strategies, techniques designed to minimize the risk of expert preclusion, and how to deal with uninformed or difficult case counsel.

Host Hotel and Conference Center
Holiday Inn Morgantown-University Area
1188 Pineview Drive
Morgantown, WV  26505

A block of rooms is reserved for arrival on Sunday, October 17th with check out on Tuesday, October 19th .
The cost per room is $99.00 per night.  

The Group Name/Link is Fire Investigators Conference.

September 20th, 2021 is the last day to book at this rate. The room block is limited and you are encouraged to make your room reservation immediately.  
IAAI Members $175.00
Non-Members $200.00
Students* $100.00
*Student rate applies to those currently enrolled in a Fire Science, Forensics or Criminal Justice program. 

Registrations received after the class size limit is reached will be returned. 

Seminar Schedule: Seminar Contacts:

Classes:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm both days Jon Jorgensen 304-541-2910
Lunch on your own from 12:00 am – 1:00 pm         Korri Powers         304-542-6126

Return registration form with payment to:
West Virginia Chapter IAAI
P. O. Box 1218   
Scott Depot, WV 25560
See Register For This Event link below to get registration form.

You may email registrations to korrih@yahoo.com or jonathan.jorgensen@thehartford.com

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