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Seminar Title:  
Fire Pattern Recognition, Identification and Persistence

DATES:  9/11/2023 through 9/13/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  David West

LOCATION:  Galveston County Sheriff's Office Law Enforcement Training Center - 601 54th Street, Galveston, TX  77551

HOTEL:  Springhill Suites  - Galveston, TX  409-740-9443
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COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $425.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

David West,CFEI / KLEC Police Instructor, is a Retired Detective, with the Kentucky State Police, specializing in Arson Investigation and Electrical Fire Analysis for the past 25 years. Mr. Westís career began in the Electrical trade as a Contractor, he then became a State Certified Electrical Inspector, and used this electrical background to join the Kentucky State Police Arson Division examining electrical failures on fire scenes. He became a Police instructor, specializing in Electrical Fires and Fire Related Deaths, at the State Police Academy. His expertise has assisted State and Federal Agencies in examining electrical wiring systems, generating official reports, and testifying as an expert witness in cases.

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

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Course Objectives

The primary objective of any fire scene inspection is to collect data as set forth in the Scientific Method. This data collection begins with basic observations of the fire effects witnessed by the investigator. These observations will include such things as discoloration, deposition, deformation, and a loss of mass and in some instances a change in the state of matter. The investigator should document these effects and their location. Simply because this becomes the empirical data to be preserved and analyzed during testing your different hypotheses.

This module of training will assist the fire analyst to better understand fire effects and fire patterns on fire scenes, as outlined in Chapter Six of NFPA 921, Guideline for Fire and Explosion Investigations 2021 Edition following the Scientific Method to FirePattern Analysis among other peer reviewed documents.

Upon completion the attendees will have gained knowledge in the following areas.

  • Why itís vital to record the observations initially without disturbing the scene or beginning interpretation of the physical evidence present.

  • How to Prepare the documentation in a way that it is apparent to a lay person looking over the documentation and understanding what isrelevant. 

  • Better understand the nature, size, shape, intensity, and magnitude of the fire based on fire dynamics, demarcation, and specific heat rates of the products withing the area of origin.

  • Gain knowledge how patterns may be identified from a specific shape or progression of movement based on gravity substrate materials, ventilation, and the state of matter during combustion using vector charts back to the point of origin.

  • Better understand Fire effects, discoloration, soot deposition, deformation of a material and loss of mass.  

  • Examine Compartment fires effects, how flashover can be controlled by geometry and ventilation openings, protection/detection systems, such as sprinklers and fire walls doors and air duct dampers.

  • Examine photographs of fire effects and fire patterns from actual fire scenes.



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