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WHAT IS NFPA 921
NAFI SUPPORT OF NFPA 921
UPCOMING NAFI 921 EVENTS
MEMBERSHIP OF THE TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON FIRE INVESTIGATIONS

 What is NFPA 921?

NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, is a component document of the National Fire Codes® promulgated and published by the National Fire Protection Association. The National Association of Fire Investigators considers NFPA 921 as the definitive standard on fire investigation methodology, technology, and science. NFPA 921 is written by the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Investigations. The Technical Committee consists of up to thirty principal (voting) members and their alternates, appointed by the NFPA Board of Directors from those "vitally interested, qualified, and active" in the area of fire and explosion investigation.

The scope of the Technical Committee's work is outlined by the NFPA Standards Council as follows:
NFPA 921 stated purpose in its section 1-2 Purpose is "... to establish guidelines and recommendations for the safe and systematic investigation or analysis of fire and explosion incidents."

NFPA 921-1998 lists its history as follows:

The fourth edition of the document was issued in Spring 2001. It contains updates of current edition topics as well as new chapters covering Wildfire Investigation, Failure Analysis, Human Factors, Fire Deaths and Injuries, and Building Systems. A new format and chapter renumbering is also included.

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 The Membership of the Technical Committee on Fire Investigations
[This list represents the membership as of December 2001. Since that time, changes in the membership may have occurred.]

Chairman
Daniel L. Churchward, CFEI
Kodiak Enterprises, Inc., IN
Secretary
Richard L. P. Custer, CFEI
Custer Powell, Inc., MA

 Principal (Voting) Members

Michael Beasley
London Fire Brigade, England

Craig Beyler
Hughes Associates, MD

Michael R. Brouchard
ATF, MD

Russell K. Chandler
Dept. of Fire Programs, VA

John Comery
ATF, OR

Michael DiMascio
Solutions Engr Inc., MA

Richard A. Dyer
Rep. IAFC, MO

Bruce V. Ettling
T. F. I. Services, WA

Andrew M. Giglio
U.S. Fire Administration, MD

Terry-Dawn Hewitt
McKenna Hewitt, AB, Canada

Ronald L. Hopkins, CFEI
Eastern Kentucky University, KY
Rep. NFPA Fire Service Section

David J. Icove
Tennessee Valley Authority, TN

Carolyn Kelly
State Div. of Criminal. Inv., WI
Rep. NASFM

Patrick M. Kennedy, CFEI
John A. Kennedy & Assoc., IL
Rep. Nat'l Assn. of Fire Investigators

Michael E. Knowlton
NY State Office Fire Prevention and,
Control

Hunter B. Lacy
Royal Insurance, NC

John J. Lentini, CFEI
Applied Technical Services, GA

Jeffrey D. Long
Salt Lake City FD, UT

Hal C. Lyson
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, MN

James N. Macdonald
Travelers Insurance Co., CT

Leo Marchand
Insurance Crime Prevention Bureau,
ON, Canada

L. Jeffrey Mattern
Factory Mutual, PA

Willard F. Preston, III
Delaware Fire Marshall's Office, DL

Anthony D. Putorti, Jr.
NIST/BFRL, MD

Stuart A. Sklar, CFEI
Fabian, Sklar & Davis, P.C., MI

Richard J. Roby
Combustion Science & Eng., MD

David M. Smith
Associated Fire Consultants, AZ
Rep. Int'l Fire Service Training Assn.

Joseph P. Toscano
American Re-Insurance, CT
Rep. Int'l Assn. of Arson Investigators

Charles R. Watson
S.E.A, Inc., MO

Michael E. Weyler
Engineering and Fire Investigations, VA

 Alternates

Randall E. Bills
S.E.A., Inc., OH
(Alt. to C. R. Watson)

 

 

Douglas J. Carpenter
Combustion Science & Eng., MD
(Alt. to R. J. Roby)

 

Michael G. Chiobchio
Delaware Sate Fire Marshal's Office, DE
(Alt. to W. F. Preston)

 

Richard D. Dietzman
Engineering and Fire Investigations, MA
(Alt. to M. E. Weyler)

 

David S. Evinger
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, MN
(Alt. to H. C. Lyson)

 

Michael H. Fabian
Fabian, Sklar & Davis, P.C., MI
(Alt. to S. A. Aklar)

 

 

Gerald Haynes
U.S. Dept. of the Treasury, DC
(Alt. to J. R. Miller)

 

John Machnicki
Travelers Insurance Co., CT
(Alt. to J. N. MacDonald)

Charles F. Mellafont
Insurance Crime Prevention Bureau, Canada

(Alt. to L. Marchand)

 

Jeffrey T. Morrill
Applied Technical Services, GA
(Alt. to J. J. Lentini)

 

Harold E. Nelson
Hughes Assoc., Inc., MD
(Alt. to C. Beyler)

 

 

Dennis W. Smith, CFEI
Kodiak Enterprises, IN
(Alternate to D. L. Churchward)

 

Tony Walker, CFEI
Louisiana State Fire Marshal, LA
(Alternate to C. S. Kelly)

 

William D. Walton
Nat'l Inst. of Standards and Technology, MD
(Alt. to A. D. Putorti)

 

Larry E. West
West Investigations, PA
(Alt. to J. P. Toscano)

 

Christopher B. Wood
Custer Powell, Inc., MA
(Alt. to R. L. P. Custer)

 Nonvoting

Frank E. Florence
NFPA Staff Liaison

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 NAFI SUPPORT OF NFPA 921

It is the official position of the National Association of Fire Investigators that NFPA 921 is the standard to which all fire and explosion investigations should be held by the courts and the profession. NAFI believes that NFPA 921 is the professional standard of care for fire and explosion investigation as the only peer-reviewed, science based, consensus text on fire investigation.

NAFI has been a zealous supporter of NFPA 921 since the document's very inception. NAFI has had official representation on the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Investigators since the Committee's very first meeting in 1986.

Each of the three previous editions of NFPA 921 and the currently proposed 2001 edition have been adopted by NAFI resolutions at annual general membership meetings.

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator Program
The National Certification Board Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator examination has been based upon the investigative principles in 921 since 1987, even before the official adoption of the document by the NFPA.

NAFI Sponsored Training Programs
All of the training programs and seminars of NAFI teach the principles espoused in 921.

The semi-annual NAFI and NFPA co-sponsored National Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation Training Programs (Introductory and Advanced) teach to NFPA 921. These are the only NFPA co-sponsored programs that teach Fire Investigation according to NFPA 921.

NAFI Representation on the Technical Committee on Fire Investigations
In addition to NAFI having an official representative on the Technical Committee since the Committee's inception, many Committee members are also regular NAFI members.

NAFI's Chairman of the Board, Treasurer, Chairman of the National Certification Board, and two of the members of the NAFI Board of Directors currently serve on the Technical Committee. Three additional NAFI Board members have previously served on the committee as principal members, alternates, or as task group members.

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 UPCOMING NAFI 921 EVENTS

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2002 - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2002

TUCSON, ARIZONA
NFPA TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON FIRE INVESTIGATIONS MEETING

http://www.nfpa.org/

TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2002

RICHMOND, KENTUCKY
NAFI CERTIFIED FIRE INVESTIGATION INSTRUCTOR (CFII) PROGRAM
Eastern Kentucky University
http://www.fireandsafety.eku.edu/

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 - SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2002 RICHMOND, KENTUCKY
NATIONAL ADVANCED FIRE, ARSON, AND EXPLOSION INVESTIGATION PROGRAM
Eastern Kentucky University
Co-Sponsored by EKU, NAFI, and NFPA
http://www.fireandsafety.eku.edu/

SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2002

RICHMOND, KENTUCKY
CERTIFIED FIRE AND EXPLOSION INVESTIGATOR (CFEI) EXAMINATION
Eastern Kentucky University
http://www.fireandsafety.eku.edu/

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 2002

SARASOTA, FLORIDA
NAFI CERTIFIED FIRE INVESTIGATION INSTRUCTOR (CFII) PROGRAM
NAFI Training Programs

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 2002

SARASOTA, FLORIDA
COMPUTER FIRE MODELING
NAFI Training Programs

MONDAY, AUGUST 12 - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2002 SARASOTA, FLORIDA
NATIONAL FIRE, ARSON, AND EXPLOSION INVESTIGATION TRAINING PROGRAM
Co-Sponsored by NAFI, and NFPA

NAFI Training Programs

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2002

SARASOTA, FLORIDA
CERTIFIED FIRE AND EXPLOSION INVESTIGATOR (CFEI) EXAMINATION
NAFI Training Programs

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 - FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2002 SARASOTA, FLORIDA
NATIONAL SEMINAR ON FIRE ANALYSIS LITIGATION
Co-Sponsored by NAFI, and NFPA

NAFI Training Programs



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