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The Primary mission of the California Conference of Arson Investigators is the reduction of arson through the establishment of a professional organization which will:

  • Provide, develop, and support the establishment of training, educational programs and educational materials to improve the quality of fire investigations.

  • To support and/or sponsor legislation which will improve the quality of fire investigations and reduce the incidents of arson.

  • To provide a network of coordination and information sharing for identification, apprehension, and prosecution of those responsible for the acts of arson.

  • The Primary mission of the California Conference of Arson Investigators is the reduction of arson through the establishment of a professional organization which will:

  • Provide, develop, and support the establishment of training, educational programs and educational materials to improve the quality of fire investigations.

  • To support and/or sponsor legislation which will improve the quality of fire investigations and reduce the incidents of arson.

  • To provide a network of coordination and information sharing for identification, apprehension, and prosecution of those responsible for the acts of arson.

  • The Primary mission of the California Conference of Arson Investigators is the reduction of arson through the establishment of a professional organization which will:

  • Provide, develop, and support the establishment of training, educational programs and educational materials to improve the quality of fire investigations.

  • To support and/or sponsor legislation which will improve the quality of fire investigations and reduce the incidents of arson.

  • To provide a network of coordination and information sharing for identification, apprehension, and prosecution of those responsible for the acts of arson.

  • The Primary mission of the California Conference of Arson Investigators is the reduction of arson through the establishment of a professional organization which will:

  • Provide, develop, and support the establishment of training, educational programs and educational materials to improve the quality of fire investigations.

  • To support and/or sponsor legislation which will improve the quality of fire investigations and reduce the incidents of arson.

  • To provide a network of coordination and information sharing for identification, apprehension, and prosecution of those responsible for the acts of arson.

  • CCAI Training Seminar - March 31 - April 2, 2014 - San Luis Obispo, CA

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    The Goal is Truth

    By Paul Francois & Enrique Garcia
    Third Degree Communications

    When testifying in court as to the manner in which we conducted an interview, defense counsel will often ask us whether we just wanted his client to "confess." We answer that we do not seek confessions  but rather truth. After all, no good cop is interested in false information, only truthful information. That is why our motto at Third Degree Communications is "Nothing but the Truth."

    One little tidbit we impart on our students to help convey this concept is by reminding them that if obtaining the truth is their ultimate goal, then they should be doing nothing that might prevent them from obtaining the truth. For example, getting angry with a subject who is lying would most likely sever rapport and interfere with accomplishing the goal of obtaining the truth. Raising my voice, insulting him, or speaking to him in a condescending manner are all most likely going to be rapport killers that will stymie my ability to get to a successful and truthful outcome with the subject. If we want to get people to provide us with truthful information, we should avoid doing anything that will interfere with accomplishing this goal.

    This actually applies to many areas of our lives if we think about it. Let's say I've made a new year's resolution to avoid gossiping about other people. There are several steps I can and should consider that will help me accomplish this goal, including but not limited to:

    •  Avoiding certain people who I know thrive on gossip
    • Not asking certain questions that are more likely to lead to gossip, such as "Who did that?" "What are you guys talking about?" "What happened next?"
    • Excusing myself from conversations that turn in the direction of gossip

    In the same manner, if my goal is to obtain truthful information, I must only engage in behavior that's more likely to help me accomplish this goal and to avoid behavior that will interfere: 

    • Treating people with dignity and respect
    • Manipulating my tone of voice to maximize my effectiveness
    • Establishing rapport
    • Being a compassionate, empathetic listener
    • Projecting an image of being non-judgmental and accepting

     

    Getting people to tell the truth means creating an environment that is conducive to helping them cooperate. Obtaining our goal means everything that I say and do is oriented toward achieving that goal. It's a remarkably simple concept, but a critical one to remember throughout the interview.

    Passing of Rob Van Wormer

    The following article was submitted by Randy Martin, CCAI Chaplain.

     

    As I arrived at the parking lot of the HP Pavillion in San Jose, I was greeted by a red sea of fire apparatus.  The San Jose Fire Department had provided two ladder trucks that were set up in the parking lot; ladders fully extended facing each other with a very large American flag hanging between them.  It was a spectacular site, and what an awesome tribute to Rob.  The flag hanging is this manner has always impressed me.

    After arriving, I located the Chaplain that would be performing the service.  As it turned out, he was a Captain that had I worked with in Riverside, California.  It was good to see him again.

    The procession that entered the parking lot was laden with fire apparatus and was followed by the limousines that carried the family.  The procession route was lined with fire personnel standing at attention and saluting as the fire engine, which carried the casket, made its way through the crowd.

    The San Jose Fire Department had positioned two additional ladder trucks with their ladders fully extended, donning the American flag hanging between them inside the Pavillion.

    The service opened with music and a warm welcome to everyone in attendance followed by prayer, guest speakers, the eulogy, and a message to the Fire Family, a Law Enforcement prayer and a song.  The Benediction was followed by the Fire Fighters prayer, the Last Alarm and the Riffle Volley.  Taps rang out from the bag pipes, which always gets to me.  In closing, they had the Flag Folding after which the pipes and drums played Amazing Grace and ended with the presentation of gifts for the Family.

    Rob was only on this earth for 47 years; he left us way too soon! He will be missed dearly.

    Fire Chaplain

    Randy Martin

    Remembering 9-11

    September 11, 2001

    CCAI
    Remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice
    and those they left behind.

    Outfitting Your Smartphone for Fire Investigations

    by:

    Cathleen E. Corbitt-Dipierro

    Stonehouse Media Incorporated

    www.interfire.org

    Smartphones are quickly taking over the US cellular phone hardware market — iPhone, Droid, Blackberry, Palm, just to name a few brands.  With their advanced computing capability, smartphones are enabling users to perform more and more tasks on their phone than just the simple calling and texting.  This computing power is harnessed by “apps,” which are application software programs used on smartphones.


    For the fire investigator, the smartphone can become a handy tool in your daily work, but only if you know how to outfit it.  This article highlights some of the core apps that fire investigators can use every day to assist in managing their investigative and administrative work.  One caution before we begin: the investigator should be aware that any investigative information kept on your smartphone is not secure and also may be discoverable in a future legal proceeding.  For that reason, we’ve confined the discussion of apps in this article to those where case-based investigative information is not stored or shared.  At all times, exercise the utmost caution with investigative information.

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    Man sets fire to house drying shorts, socks in microwave

    We’ve all had days when inclement weather, a busted clothes dryer or a fiendish combination of the two has us scrambling to dry our under-things for that hot date or big job interview. A man in Weymouth, Utah had probably thought he’d found the ideal solution when he thought to dry his two pairs of shorts and socks in his microwave. That is, until he had to be rescued from the fire in his apartment. Neighbors led him to safety after they heard a smoke alarm go off and firefighters quickly put out the fire. All clothing items were destroyed. "The fire safety message here is to never put clothing of any kind in the microwave or an oven to attempt to dry them," said a spokesperson for Dorset fire and rescue.

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