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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.

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    Wildfire Origin and Cause Investigation

    Part 1

    As the spring fire season approaches, fire investigators across the country will be responding to wildfires to conduct origin and cause investigations. In many jurisdictions, investigators are assigned to a type of investigation that is unfamiliar. During the response, the investigator may be thinking that it is no big deal, having already investigated hundreds of structure fires. How hard can a wildfire be? The answer is simple; you must be trained in wildfire investigation to understand the process.

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    Part 2

    In Part 2 of “Wildfire Origin and Cause Investigation,” we will continue to discuss the main points for the local fire investigator to focus on when conducting a wildfire investigation. Hopefully, last month’s article was an eyeopener for some local investigators to expand their education. The topics we will cover this month will be fire cause determination and fire cause categories/ignition sources. Investigators should become familiar with NFPA 921 and NWCG Wildfire Origin and Cause Determination Handbook.

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    The Fire Officer’s Responsibilities at Incendiary Fires

    by ROBERT DISBROW JR.
    created: JANUARY 10, 2011

    Many times the fire department is the first agency to arrive at the incident and the actions taken by the officers and the members of the fire suppression companies can either help or hinder the investigation. Indicators of an incendiary fire can be detected by officers and firefighters by being alert and making observations. The officers and firefighters are the investigator’s eyes and ears prior to his or her arrival. The fire may be in an area or district that the investigator is not familiar with and the company officer may be able to provide the investigator with a wealth of information. The building or area may have been the site of previous fires and a pattern of firesetting may be starting to develop. The relationship between the fire investigation unit and the fire suppression companies is critical to the outcome of the investigation.

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    Three Recalls

    Wal-Mart Recalls Dolls Due to Burn Hazard
    Description

    The My Sweet Love / My Sweet Baby electronic baby doll comes in pink floral clothing and matching knit hat. The 16 inch doll is packaged with a toy medical check-up kit including a stethoscope, feeding spoon, thermometer and syringe. The doll’s electronics cause her to babble when she gets “sick,” her cheeks turn red and she starts coughing. Using the medical kit pieces cause the symptoms to stop. “My Sweet Baby” is printed on the front of the clear plastic and cardboard packaging. The doll is identified by UPC 6-04576-16800-5 and a date code which begins with WM. The date code is printed on the stuffed article label sewn into the bottom of the doll.

     

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    Ace Hardware Recalls LED Clamp Light Due to Shock and Fire Hazard

    Description
    This recall includes the Ace Clamp-On LED Work Light measuring 3 inches wide by 2.5 inches deep and 2.25 inches high. It has a silver plastic lamp head with black rubber sides and eight LED lights on one side; a black plastic cube-shaped lamp base sized 1.75 inches wide by 2.25 inches deep by 2 inches high, a 6-foot black cord; and silver clamp with black rubber grips. The recalled units are stamped with the model number “DC004” and date code “08/13” on the back of the light base.


    Centex Homes Recalls Solar Panels Due to Fire Hazard
    Description

    This recall involves Open Energy 34 watt (OE-34) Solar Panel energy systems sold under the brand name Open Energy SolarSave Roofing Tiles. SolarSave panels replace conventional roof tiles and provide solar power to the building. This recall involves all brown, terracotta and gray OE-34 SolarSave roof tiles installed on new homes sold by Centex Homes (“Centex”). This recall does not include any other solar panels, except for the OE-34 model, installed on homes sold by Centex.


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    Zero-clearance fireplaces a main source of fires

    Chief: Almost one-third of High Desert house fires caused by zero-clearance fireplaces

    A Helendale house fire earlier this month that caused $50,000 in damages was the latest in a string of residential blazes to be traced to a zero-clearance fireplace, a County Fire official said.

    Battalion Chief Warren Peterson blames zero-clearance fireplaces for roughly 30 percent of house fires responded to by San Bernardino County Fire.

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    USDC Pennsylvania Permits Vaporizer Fire Case to Proceed to Trial

    In MUTUAL BENEFIT INSURANCE COMPANY v. KAZ, INC.,Civil Action No. 1:12-CV-2108 (Feb. 20, 2014) at http://www.leagle.com/decision/In%20FDCO%2020140221C81 was a civil action filed by plaintiff Mutual Benefit Insurance Company ("MBIC"), as subrogee of Betty and Allen Miller, alleging strict liability, negligence, and breach of warranty against defendant Kaz, Inc. ("Kaz"). MBIC seeks reimbursement of monies paid pursuant to an insurance policy issued to the Millers, whose house was damaged in a fire. MBIC alleged that Kaz designed, manufactured, distributed, and sold a vaporizer that caused the fire. Presently before the court is Kaz's motion in limine to exclude the testimony of one of MBIC's submitted experts, Randolph Marshall of Marshall Forensic, LLC. For the following reasons, the court denied the motion.

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