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Seminar Title:  
New Fire and Arson Investigator Academy

DATES:  9/14/2020 through 9/18/2020

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Steven Chasteen

LOCATION:  Macomb Criminal Justice Training Center-East Campus PSI - 21901 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI  48036

HOTEL:  Staybridge Suites - Detroit-Utica - Utica, MI  
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $550.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Steve Chasteen, AIFireE, C.F.I., C.F.E.I., has been in the fire service since 1972 serving as a volunteer firefighter and a full time career firefighter and company officer for 27 years for the City of Bloomington, Illinois Fire Department. He worked as a municipal fire investigator for the fire department for a number of years prior to returning to suppression duties on a ladder company where he retired as a Lieutenant.

Steve has also worked as a private fire investigator working in the insurance industry conducting fire investigations for the past 32 years. He has conducted more than 2,800 fire scene examinations and fire analysis to determine the origin and cause of the fire. Steve has testified extensively in both State and Federal Court as an expert witness. Steve is recognized as an “Associate at the Institute of Fire Engineers in London, England. He is a “Certified Fire Investigator” recognized by the International Association of Arson Investigators as well as a “Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator” recognized by the National Association of Fire Investigators. Steve also attended the ATF National Academy in Glynco, Ga. He is still a member of the MABAS 41 Fire Investigation Team in McLean County, Illinois.

Steve also works as a “Field Staff Instructor” with the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute in Champaign, Illinois. He has worked as one of the lead instructors in the Fire/Arson Investigation Training Program providing instruction to firefighters, police officers and insurance company representatives. He is also a National Instructor with the Public Agency Training Council in Indianapolis, Indiana. Steve has also provided fire investigation training to criminal investigators from various branches of the US Military.

Steve regularly consults with various local and state fire officials as well as law enforcement agencies around the country to provide assistance in fire investigation and fire scene analysis. He has also provided expert assistance to prosecutors in criminal cases as well as to the insurance industry and manufacturers in civil cases.

Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.


Course Objectives

Conducting a valid, legal, and proper origin and cause investigation is the first step in working towards a criminal investigation in an arson cause. It is also important in the investigation of accidental fires so future fires and injuries may be prevented.

This course will cover state of the art investigation practices for the new and not so new fire investigator. Upon completion of this course the student will have the necessary tools to become a professional fire investigator. The training if followed will assist and prepare the investigator for the challenges they may face in both criminal and civil investigations and court settings.

Upon completion of this course the student shall be able to inspect and evaluate the fire scene to determine the area and/or point of origin, source of ignition, materials first ignited and the act or activity that brought the ignition source and materials together. The necessary tools and equipment to perform the investigations will also be listed and the usage of each discussed.

The student will be able to prepare diagrams of  and take photographs of the scene and utilize several forms of field notes necessary to compile the final report.

The student will be able to identify, collect and preserve evidence recovered at the fire scene using the proper physical and legal procedures to retain the usefulness of the evidence in court proceedings.

The student will be able to conduct interviews to obtain usable information in the assistance of determining the origin and cause of the fire and in preparing the final report. Information will be provided on techniques for conducting legal interrogations and obtaining usable confessions that will withstand the challenges of the courtroom and legal system.

The student will receive training in conducting all post incident investigation processes beyond the fire scene. Including the usage of public records, data searches, and other financial records needed in a criminal and/or civil investigation.

The course will provide information that will prepare the student for making presentations in legal proceedings, and in the preparation of reports that will be usable for criminal prosecution and meet department requirements.

Resources That Will Be Helpful During Class:

    Copy of NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications
    for Fire Investigator

    Copy of NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation or A Critical Analysis of NFPA 921

    Newest Copy of Kirk’s Book on Fire Investigation

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