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IAAI Buffalo, NY - Regional Classes 10.19-20.21


Millennium Buffalo
2040 Walden Avenue
Buffalo, NY  14225
Registration and Breakfast: 6:30am - 8:00am
Class: 8am
Lunch Break: 11:45am - 1:00pm
Afternoon Break: 3:00pm -3:15pm
IAAI Member: $285
Non-Member: $425
Payment/Purchase order must be received two weeks after registering.
31 days prior to class start, September 17, all monies will be refunded.
After 30 days prior to class start, September 18, no refunds.

October 19, 2021 8am – Noon
Case Study – Allentown Vehicle Explosion
SarahJane Serafino
(SA) SarahJane Serafino has been with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) since 2007, assigned to the Philadelphia Field Division, with 6 years investigative experience in arson and explosives, to include a 4-year assignment with the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). SA Serafino has been an ATF Certified Explosives Specialist (CES) for 6 years and has participated in numerous disposal operations of energetic materials as well as incendiary/explosives type incidents/investigations.
Gary Malone
(SSA) Gary Malone has been with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) since 2005, assigned to the Philadelphia Field Division and has been assigned to the ATF Philadelphia Arson & Explosives Taskforce since 2014. SSA Malone has been an ATF Certified Explosives Specialist (CES) for over 6 years and has taken part in numerous post blast investigations as well as explosives disposal operations. 

Case Study – Allentown Vehicle Explosion
Chemists from the ATF will provide a case study of the fatal vehicle bombing which occurred in Allentown, PA in September 2018. The presenters will provide first-hand accounts of the extensive post-blast scene examination, investigation, and “lessons learned” from the case. This presentation is geared toward fire and post blast scene investigators who may encounter this type of scene during their official duties.

October 19, 2021 1pm - 5pm
Breaking the Habit- Youth Firesetter Intervention
Shana Clark
New Hampshire Department of Safety – Division of Fire Safety
Office of the State Fire Marshal – Bureau of Investigations Fire Investigator
The Bureau of Investigations is responsible for investigating all fires, building collapses, and carbon monoxide releases, other than from automobiles, which cause death. I also respond to requests from fire and law enforcement agencies and from local government boards. I am a sworn police officer authorized to interview witnesses, collect evidence, make arrests, and appear in court. I also conduct juvenile fire risk assessment interviews when necessary.

Breaking the Habit- Youth Firesetter Intervention
There are many reasons why children set fires and these youths need more support and fire safety education than simply being told to “stop”.  If left untreated, these behaviors often continue and can escalate into adulthood.  
This presentation addresses the prevalence of youth firesetting in our country and uses New Hampshire information as examples.  We discuss unhealthy view of fire in our culture, how it can feed into firesetting behaviors and the importance of accurately reporting youth firesetting incidents. 
The presentation includes information on how to conduct a youth firesetter assessment, fire safety education needs, when to notify the youth’s school, possible mental health issues, and prevention ideas that can be used in your community.

October 20, 2021 8am – 5pm 
Fire Sprinklers for the Fire Investigator: Not All Systems are Created Equal
Margueritte Hickman
Since 1987, Margueritte Hickman has spent time in wildland and structural departments. During the last 13 years of her public service career as the Division Chief of Fire & Life Safety/Fire Marshal in a small city in Oregon, she provided inspections in both new construction and existing buildings, plan reviews, fire investigations and public relations. She is an IAAI-CFI and an ICC Fire Inspector II. She continues her passion for teaching and mentoring through Sage Fire Solutions, LLC, and the local community college. In her non-working life, she is a pilot, camper, hiker and traveler with her husband Don.

Not all fire sprinkler systems are created equal, but they are all designed with a specific mission - to aid in life safety and/or to protect the building and contents by controlling a fire. How do you know what to include in your fire investigation and report? This session will help you to identify the fire sprinkler system during the fire investigation; to evaluate the fire sprinkler system’s operational effectiveness; to utilize the interface with the fire alarm panel to assist in the development of the fire timeline; to identify reasons why a sprinkler system may not perform as anticipated; and to ask key questions about the fire sprinkler system. Fire sprinkler systems come to life through photos, videos and real-life construction and fire investigation experiences.

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