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EXPLOSIONS CALLED 'AN EPIDEMIC'

as reported by Juniper Rose of the Sacramento Bee newspaper.

Explosions, fires and hospitalizations stemming from homemade hash oil operations have led to a spike in prosecutions of hash oil manufacturers.

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Report Receipt Date: JUN 30, 2014 
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V381000 SUMMARY:

Nova Bus is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 LFS transit buses manufactured June 2010 to June 2014. In the affected vehicles, the terminal on the postive alternator cable may fracture causing the cable to arc to other components.

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Recall Date: August 14, 2014
Recall Number: 14-256

Description:

This recall involves Vornado VH110 Whole Room Vortex electric space heaters sold in two colors, black and white.  The heaters measure about 10.5 inches high, 9 inches deep and 10.5 inches at the base growing narrower at the top.  The on/off switch and the high/low heat settings are located on top of the unit.  The Vornado logo appears with a gray “V” on the front of the unit. Recalled heaters have the numbers 1 and 3 as the fourth and fifth digits of the serial number.  The model and serial numbers appear on a silver decal located on the bottom of the unit.

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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.

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ABSTRACT

Many times, a fire investigator will conclude that a device was electrically energized at the time of a fire based on the presence of a bead on a wire.  If an energized device is present in the area of origin, it is likely that it will be considered as a potential cause of a fire.  Some training guides put forth that beads can only be formed from arcing on wires that were electrically energized when they were exposed to a fire or caused a fire.  Therefore, the presence or absence of a bead on a wire can have a strong influence on the direction of a fire investigation.  Hence, it is important to have a clear understanding of the various electrical and thermal conditions which can produce beads on electrical wires.

The main objective of this research was to determine, experimentally, if distinguishing characteristics exist between energized and non-energized wires subjected to various types of fire exposures.  The large majority of research published in the literature has not tested energized and non-energized wires under the same conditions.  A total of more than 190 wires were tested under various fire conditions.  Wire types included 12-gauge and 14-gauge solid conductors and 16-gauge and 18-gauge stranded conductors.  The tests were conducted using a bench-scale, premixed flame impingement apparatus, a bench-scale 125 kW/m2 radiant tunnel apparatus, a 2/5-scale flashover compartment, and a full-scale flashover compartment.  The use of various types of exposure conditions ensured that the characteristics on the wires (or lack thereof) were not caused by one specific type of thermal insult.  Wires were tested in both an energized and non-energized state.  Energized wires were tested under “load” and “no load” conditions.  Under load conditions, the energized wires were plugged into a 110-120 volt power source with 9 to 13 amps of current.  Under “no load” conditions, the wires were plugged into the power supply, but no current was flowing in the circuit. 

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Recall Date: August 7, 2014
Recall Number: 14-252

Description:

This recall involves lighted night stands sold in three different styles and finishes. The night stands are made of wood, have two drawers, a power strip on the back panel and a 20 watt halogen bulb on the underside of the bottom panel. Recalled models include: 244-421 Willow Run in a toffee finish, 245-421 Willow Run in a white finish and 237-420 Americana in a medium oak finish.  They measure about 22 inches wide, 16 inches deep and 27 inches high. “Lea” and the model number are printed on a label on the back of the night stands. There are two touch buttons on either side of the side panels which operate the nightstand’s lamp.

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President's Message

Tom Pierce, President CCAI 2014

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE


Dear Members,

Do you have a CCAI-CFI designation?  If not, why?  There are several Certified Fire Investigator designations within our professional community.  The CCAI-CFI designation is the ONLY one that requires the applicant to validate that they have had the overall responsibility of, and have investigated, 150 fires to determine fire origin and separately to determine fire cause.  They must also substantiate that they have testified twice, in court or in deposition (not in the same case), under oath, pertaining to the origin and cause of fires or in the field of explosions.  The testimony can be criminal, civil or from deposition but must be directly related to fire origin and fire cause or origin and cause in an explosion incident.

Applicants must submit certificates of training showing that they have completed Fire Investigation 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and PC 832 or its equivalent.  If you already possess a Level II Fire Investigation Certification from the State of California, a copy of your certification certificate showing Level II will suffice to validate that you have met the training requirements mentioned above.  To keep the certificate valid, a CCAI Certified Fire Investigator must attend 30 hours of approved tested training, or 40 hours of CCAI approved non-tested training or a combination of 40 hours tested and non-tested training every three years from the date his or her certificate was issued.  The hourly training requirement can easily be met by attending two 20-hour CCAI training seminars within the three-year period.

As you can see, only active persons engaged in day to day cause and origin investigation can obtain a CCAI-CFI designation.  Those in the insurance, legal and engineering field must apply elsewhere, I.E. IAAI or NAFI.

We are striving to keep our standards higher than any other organization in the field of fire investigation.

Do you meet the requirements set forth in NFPA 1033?  Are you aware that the 2014 edition went into effect on June 17, 2013?  This is the Standard for Professional Qualification for Fire Investigators.  Three new categories of education have been added to the existing thirteen that a fire investigator must have and maintain.  They are Fire Protection Systems, Evidence Documentation Collection and preservation, and Electricity and electrical systems.

This standard applies to both public and private fire investigators, and is recognized in all courts.

Do you have the latest edition of NFPA 921?  The 2014 edition became effective on December 2, 2013.  All investigations from that date forward should be conducted under this edition.  Be sure to devour this edition as there are numerous changes.

The CCAI-CFI program follows the requirements put forth in NFPA 1033 and 921.  It is imperative that ALL fire investigators, public or private stay ahead of the curve on training and education.

CCAI is there for you to fulfill your training needs.  Please take advantage of what YOUR organization has to offer.

Yours in service,

Tom Pierce, CFI

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