Wednesday May 16th, 2018

Registration: Starts 8:00 AM Course: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

The IAAI Ontario Chapter is proud and excited to announce the following seminar:

2018 “Surviving a 1033 Challenge” TRAINING

Location: The GRTC (Grimsby Regional Training Centre) (167 Mountain Rd. Grimsby ON L3M 4E7)

Presenter: John Lentini, CFI, D-ABC Scientific Fire Analysis, LLC 88005 Overseas Highway, #10-134 Islamorada, FL 33036

Cost: $125

Follow the attached link to register online for this educational opportunity!


Course Description:

There is a new kind of challenge to fire investigators everywhere. When NFPA 921 was first published in 1992, it was seen as a roadmap for cross-examination of investigators based on their methodology. If one followed NFPA 921, chances are the courts would allow the investigator to testify. If one deviated significantly, at least after the year 2000 when NFPA 921 can be said to have become “generally accepted,” the likelihood of exclusion was significant.

Since 2009, however, NFPA 1033 has begun to emerge as the new means of challenging fire investigators. Rather than focusing strictly on methodology, attorneys now question proposed expert witnesses on their qualifications. How would you fare in such a situation? What are the basic units of energy? What are the basic units of power? What is radiant heat flux? What is the chemical reaction for the combustion of methane or propane? A demonstrated inability to answer these questions will result in a challenge based on qualifications, because NFPA 1033 says right up front that investigators should know fire dynamics and fire chemistry.

This session will provide attendees with the basic knowledge required to get by a qualifications challenge. Even after acquiring this knowledge once, it will be necessary to conduct additional study in order to get the knowledge “into your bones,” but you will at least be given examples of the kind of answers to avoid. In addition to providing the basic knowledge required to overcome an NFPA 1033 challenge, we will be discussing several contested arson cases that have recently been decided.

If you’re interested, register soon because SPACE IS LIMITED.

Registration for Program:

The registration fee for the 1-day NFPA 1033 program is $125.00. This includes your training, coffee breaks/lunches and annual membership to the IAAI Ontario Chapter.

The International Association of Arson Investigators of Ontario recognizes the need for those requiring hours toward their professional education and training and will be providing students with a certificate for 8 hours of education upon completion.


Accommodation is available at the Casablanca Winery Inn, 4 Windward Dr., Grimsby. The rooms at the hotel are $95/night (double) or $105/night (king), plus tax. You will be responsible for making your own arrangements and for all accommodation fees.

Call to reserve: 905-309-7171 || Group booking “GFD – Grimsby Fire Department”


2018 NFPA 921 Fire and Explosion Investigator Course

Click here to download
the Registration Form

(Microsoft Word File)

Nova Scotia Firefighters School in Waverley, Nova Scotia

APRIL 22ND - 26TH, 2018


Please contact:

Avery Kartes, EIT Fire Investigator

Address: 3-644 Portland St., Dartmouth, NS. B2W 6C4

E-mail: akartes@origin-

Web: origin-and-

Phone: 902-483-8657

Fax: 905-648-4101

NOTE: To register for the program, click on the link above to download the Registration Form WHICH INCLUDES A HYPERLINK TO THE ON-LINE REGISTRATION SITE


The International Association of Arson Investigators of Nova Scotia would like to take this opportunity to invite you or your designate(s) to the upcoming 2018 NFPA 921 Fire & Explosion Investigator Course being held April 22nd to 26th 2018 at the Nova Scotia Firefighters School.

This course covers the fundamentals of fire and explosion investigations and provides an opportunity for individuals to obtain their CFEI designation. The principles taught in the course are based on the scientific principles of NFPA 921.

This course is best suited to fire department personnel, insurance adjusters, provincial fire investigators, and private fire investigators who are looking to improve their knowledge of investigative techniques in the fire investigation field.

The course is presented by field experts from various local engineering firms in a 4-day lecture environment, followed by a practical component on the 4th day where students will have the opportunity to investigate the origin and cause of real fires that have been set. On the 5th day, participants have the option of writing an examination to obtain their CFEI designation.

If you choose to write this examination, please read the section to the right labelled ‘CFEI Examination’, to ensure you meet the requirements to take the exam.

Each student will receive their own hard copy of the 2017 NFPA 921 guide, which is included in the course fees.

Registration for Program:

The registration fee is $750.00 Canadian.

Payment must be made online when registering for this course.

We reserve the right to cancel seven days prior to any course in which the minimum registration is not achieved.

Students to bring: Steel toed boots, hard hat, and work clothes for practical training session.


Participants who meet the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) requirements to obtain their CFEI designation and wish to write the CFEI examination at the end of the course must indicate this on their registration form and complete the following steps. These requirements can be found on the CFEI Application Form.

1. If you are not already a member of the NAFI, please register online at

2. Please fill out your CFEI Application and send the original application, complete with a signature, to the following address no later than Thursday, March 29, 2018: (Please leave the proctor section on pages 21 & 22 blank.)

Origin and Cause Inc. 247-644 Portland Street Dartmouth, NS B2W 6C4

You will be notified when your application has been approved or denied by NAFI in order to write the examination. You will also receive a notification via mail or email from NAFI letting you know the results of your examination within 3 months of your exam date.

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