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WV Fire Investigation Conference 2019


The West Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators
2019 Fire Investigation Conference

Monday and Tuesday, October 7th and 8th 2019
Morgantown, West Virginia

Topics include:

Scientific Method (2 hours) and Fire Dynamics/Appliance Failures (6 hours)
Jason Karasinski (Fire Research and Technology, LLC)

This course will assist investigators in how to apply the Scientific Method to fire investigation. Understanding how fires start, spread, and develop is an essential part of any fire investigation. The basics of appliance failures will also be covered.

Fire Death Investigation (4 hours)
Jeffrey Springer, MD (Medical Examiner, Commonwealth of Kentucky)
Lt. Henry Ott (Louisville Police Department)
This course will discuss what data should be collected by the fire investigator at a fatal fire and how the autopsy can assist in the investigation. There will be discussion of degrees of thermal injury, the pathophysiology of smoke inhalation, postmortem thermal artifacts, and how to determine if someone died before the fire began. There will also be a short discussion of the injuries produced by explosions.

ATF-Financial Investigative Services Division: Only a Phone Call Away (4 hours)
Jonathan Esworthy (ATF)
Charles Strange (ATF)
Learn how to request the assistance and the benefits of using an ATF Forensic Auditor. Also, learn how an ATF auditor conducts financial investigations. Adjudicated case studies will be discussed including those in West Virginia as well as those involving homicides.

Holiday Inn Morgantown University
1188 Pineview Drive
Morgantown, WV 26505


A block of rooms is reserved for arrival on Sunday, October 6th with check out on Tuesday, October 8th .
The cost per room is $97.00.

The Group Name is Fire Investigators Conference IAAI 2019

September 20th, 2019 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. Registration scholarships are available for a limited number of students. Contact George Harms for more information

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

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