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Recall Date: July 10, 2014
Recall Number: 14-228

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed.  It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Power adaptor/chargers (promotional giveaway)

Hazard: The adaptors can overheat, posing a burn hazard.

Read full recall report at CPSC

Recall Date: July 10, 2014
Recall Number: 14-226

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed.  It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Charging Kits

Hazard: The wall charger can overheat and emit smoke and sparks, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers.  The prongs on the charger can detach and remain in the electrical outlet, posing a risk of electrical shock.

Read full recall report at CPSC

U.S. Fire Administration

Electricity is a basic part of residential life in the U.S.  It provides the energy for most powered items in a contemporary home, from lights to heating systems to television.  Today it is hard to imagine a residence without electricity.  It a part of our homes and our activities that most of us take for granted.  We rarely think how powerful electricity is.

Yet, using electricity can have dangerous consequences.  Electrical fires occur frequently throughout the U.S., causing injury, claiming lives, and resulting in large losses of property. From 2009 to 2011, an estimated 25,900 residential building electrical fires were reported by U.S. fire departments annually.


In the new issue of NFPA Journal®, President Jim Shannon said the Association will focus on the leading causes of home fires, including cooking. "We also need to continue to push hard for home fire sprinklers. That's still a large priority for NFPA, and we plan to work very aggressively in 2014 on our residential sprinkler initiative," he said.


Electrolux dryers are dangerously vulnerable to catching fire, according to complaints, consumer reports, and recent lawsuits.  Allegedly, some electric and gas models of Electrolux dryers contain a defect that allows lint to build up in areas unserviceable to owners and close to a heat source, posing a heightened risk of fire.  At least one previous lawsuit also points to a possible bearing failure that causes the drum to move and make contact with the rear heating element, creating sparks which may light lint and other flammable objects.


OnlineFireScienceDegree.org has just published a collection of their favorite fire investigation sites and the California Conference of Arson Investigators is listed: http://onlinefiresciencedegree.org/fire-investigation/.

This site has loads of information and resources for education in the field of fire investigations.

President's Message

Tom Pierce, President CCAI 2014




Dear Members,

Thank you for your trust and support in placing me in the position of president for the year.

Your Board members and Roundtable chair people are committed to bringing you the finest in training and education.

As we wrap up our spring 2014 conference and training, we are already laying plans for our fall 2014 training seminar and know it will meet and exceed the one we just had.

The vehicle fire training was a huge success, with over 250 in attendance. “Rain or Shine, the Training is Fine”.   Camp San Luis Obispo rolled out the welcome mat and provided us the needed space to set up our burn site.

I would like to extend a huge Thank You to our expert instructors, Bob Toth, Dave Icove, Steve Mackaig and Alex Wong.

I would also like to thank Jim Allen and Joe Konefal for the outstanding training they provide in keeping us up to date on NFPA 921 and 1033.

Our Expert Witness Testimony class had a full attendance; the students were put through the ringer and sat on the “hot seat” to know what it’s like to put a poor investigation together.  Better in the classroom and not in the courtroom.  Special thanks to Steve Huchting, Richard Knapp and Wayne Tyson for their continued service in this important class.

The membership had the opportunity to meet our IAAI Executive Director, Deborah Neitch, and two IAAI members running for office.  Gary Hodson is running for an opening on the Board of Directors and Chief George Codding is running for 2nd Vice President.  It was a nice opportunity to meet members that do so much on the International level.

If you are a member of the IAAI, please remember to go online and vote for new officers.  Voting will be open through April 15th.

Please feel free to contact me with any comments on what you would like to have in future training.

Yours in Service,

Tom Pierce, CFI




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