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Seminar Title:  
Marina Fire Analysis

DATES:  6/27/2023 through 6/28/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  David West

LOCATION:  Emergency Management Agency - , Belfast , ME  04915

HOTEL:  Belfast Harbor Inn - Belfast , ME  207-338-2740
Identify with PATC - June to receive discounted Rate

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. West’s 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.


Course Objectives

Marina Fires are some of the Most difficult time-consuming fires, I have worked in my career. The fact the watercraft are moored close together, are made with fiberglass, resin, vinyl , plastics, and contain a host of highly flammable liquids on board, then add a lake wind to the mix through open structures, and you have a recipe for a runaway train, once a fire is established, and there is little or no suppression available.

The fire analyst is going to need a lot of assistance, with manpower, equipment, and expertise, and possibly containment of lake environmental hazards depending on the degree of destruction, and if the vessels have sunk after being on fire.

The US Coast Guard, and US Army Corp of Engineers, along with some private agencies  usually get involved to protect the environmental impact of these incidents along with an endless list of private investigators. 

 I worked three such incidents (Marina Fires) in the mid 1990s, that ended up in Federal Civil Court.  We used Divers, a Crain on a barge, and a tugboat, to recover and reconstruct the boats back on shore to determine the Origin Cause and Fire Spread Responsibility.

This two- day class highlights some of the obstacles facing the fire analyst and procedures, protocols that are implemented to better understand what lies ahead. In this module, we discuss safety, the basic resources needed for vessel recovery, the proper Listing of equipment in these locations. Wiring Standards of installations on Marinas, the failure mechanisms from improper installations or worn equipment, and data collection and analysis by individuals having areas of  expertise.


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