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Seminar Title:  
Surviving the Fire Investigation in Today’s Legal Climate

DATES:  12/4/2018 through 12/6/2018

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Tim Yandell

LOCATION:  Denton County Emergency Services - 9060 Teasley Lane, Denton, TX  76210

HOTEL:  Spring Hill Suites - Denton, TX  940-383-4100
$94 Single/double
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $325.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Tim Yandell, Captain (Retired) CFEI, CVFI Certified

Tim Yandell, retired in 2004 from Ponca City Fire Department as a Captain in fire suppression and investigations. Tim has investigating Fire Origin and Cause of Structures and Vehicles Fires, Mechanical Failure Examinations, Evidence Preservation/Collection, as well as, testifying in both Criminal and Civil Litigation Tim has been examining fire scenes for over twenty years. He has an extensive background in automotive and heavy equipment, as well as, Origin and Cause Investigations on structure fire losses. Tim has authored and co-authored two fire training manuals- Vehicle Fire/Arson Investigation and Fire Investigation Based on NFPA® 921 and NFPA® 1033. Tim lectures nationally to Local, State, Federal Agencies, Insurance, private, and military Investigators, prosecutors, vehicle manufacture representatives and their engineers.

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Course Objectives

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In today’s legal atmosphere more emphasis and oversight have occurred in recent years than ever before. The courts are taking a closer look at whether the investigator followed the best accepted practices, and referenced literatures during the course of the investigation.


Fire Investigation Overview In this course of instruction you will receive the necessary knowledge and information, so you can demonstrate to the court, attorney's, and juries, that you have followed all of the best and accepted practices during the course of your investigation.


Systematic Approach  

  •  Systematic approach recommended is that of the Scientific Method which is used in the physical sciences.
  •  This method provides for the organizational & analytical process which is desirable and necessary in a successful fire investigation, as discussed in NFPA® 921


Systematic Approach 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.
  •   It is imperative that the investigator is able to convey these important facts to the audience, not only did the investigator document the scene as discussed in the fire investigation literatures, the investigator also followed those practices throughout his/her fire investigation of the scene.
  •   Applying the proper courtroom presentation, or depositions will be the challenge where you will have to explain your compliance with the methodology, scientific methods followed, and meeting all of the best practices of our industry.


Case Reviews  

  •   Cases reviews will be demonstrated throughout the class to assure the attendee will have
  • the benefit of seeing a properly documented scene that will withstand a court challenge.



  •    Report writing skills will be addressed in this seminar, a properly documented report could be the difference in a case going to preliminary hearing, grand jury, or a trial.
  •    The properly written communication to your readers will demonstrate the investigator has properly documented the scene while applying a systematic approach, and followed the literatures of our industry.
  •    If you can survive the challenges of a fire investigation, you can survive the challenges of a rigorous deposition, or courtroom challenge by the opposing counsel


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