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Seminar Title:  
Forensic Fire Explosion Death Investigation "Fire Fatality"

DATES:  9/9/2019 through 9/10/2019

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Peter Beering

LOCATION:  Hanover County Emergency Education - 7510 Library Drive, Hanover, VA  23069

HOTEL:  Country Inn and Suites - Ashland , VA  804-798-7378
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $295.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Peter S. Beering
Mr. Beering is an internationally recognized expert in emergency preparedness, planning, response, counter terrorism, arson, and bombings. His professional focus is on preparedness and response to difficult problems. He delivers strategic risk management, threat assessment, emergency response, planning, crisis communications, and training services.
Involved in antiterrorism efforts for almost two decades, Mr. Beering has served on numerous panels advising government including the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness, a five year joint initiative of Harvard University and the United States Department of Justice. This appointment placed him among the top twenty leading experts on terrorism in the United States who studied the topic and published various policy recommendations to industry, government, and the public. Mr. Beering is the lead author of, “Winning Plays: Essential Guidance From the Terrorism Line of Scrimmage” which was publicly released March 11, 2002, by the Executive Session. Used extensively by the United States Department of Homeland Security, “Winning Plays” has been entered into the Congressional Record three times since its release.
Mr. Beering is one of ten experts selected by the Department of Defense who trained mayors and senior officials throughout the United States in terrorism preparation and response on behalf of the Department of Defense. Mr. Beering has designed and conducted training exercises across the United States for organizations ranging from the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department, The District of Columbia Department of Health, Indianapolis police, fire, medical, communications, public health and hospital systems, and human service agencies, and the senior staffs of some of the country’s largest cities. Numerous utilities, private companies and organizations, including the NCAA, NBA, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Self Storage Association, the Abu Dhabi Water and Electric Authority, AEP (Nuclear power), and a number of sensitive facilities that cannot be identified, have retained Mr. Beering to assist with their strategic risk management, planning, and response.


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Course Objectives

The scene of a fire/explosion event involving a death is complex requiring two separate but related investigations. The reports and testimony of a Certified Fire Investigator, Criminal Investigator (Municipal, County, State and Federal), Medicolegal Death Investigator, Insurance Investigator, and DA/AG Investigator concerning observation and findings at a fire/explosion death scene is vitally important to the successful conclusion of the investigation.A competent investigation of a fire death scene demands an understanding of investigative procedures, and appreciation of the “Why” of certain actions and close attention to detail in carrying them out. This two (2) day training will address the considerations, guidelines, and procedures that will comply with the standard of care for conducting a forensic fire/explosion scene death investigation and analysis.

Upon Successful Completion: Attendees will have been provided the skills and knowledge to:

  • Describe the investigative considerations necessary for a fire/ explosion that caused injury. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Describe the investigative considerations necessary at a fatal fire/ explosion scene. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Identify and describe the fundamental issues of death investigation. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Describe the death-related pathological and toxicological examination of fire/ explosion victims. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Identify and describe postmortem documentation and tests. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)•Describe and understand how the cause and manner of death are determined. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)

Conduct a competent fire death scene investigation based upon ASTM International E-1188 Standard Practice for Collection and Preservation of Information and Physical Items by a Technical Investigator.

  • Secure a body as evidence. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Evaluate an injured victim for details about the fire scene. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)
  • Evaluate a body for details about the fire scene. (NFPA 1033:4.4.1)

NOTE: THIS TRAINING INCLUDES VERY GRAPHIC SERIOUS INJURY AND DECEDENT PHOTOGRAPHS.

Disclaimer: The instructors, authors and Public Agency Training Council make no warranty, expressed or implied, to the students attending this training and accept no responsibility for its use or application. The student assumes sole responsibility for determining the appropriateness of any suggested methodology, calculation or investigative application; for any conclusions drawn from the results of its use, and for any actions taken or not taken as a result of analysis performed using this investigative training.


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