From the Desk of
E.R. Scotty Baker, CCAI President
The New Year is almost here! Looking back at what has happened at CCAI; all I can say is what a year we have experienced. We have started a movement forward and we are gaining momentum.
The Board and Officers have started programs that will bring our organization further into the 21st Century and into the digital age. Our hard working and dedicated office staff is working at having you receive one or two e-mails every week or so with information and/or comments.
We are on all of the social media and our Roundtables are hustling forward, not just moving. There is some noteworthy training coming up. For example, Roundtable #3 will present the Investigation 2a class and Roundtable #7 will host an Explosives Recognition class. There is new and interesting material being placed on the webpage regularly, with timely information or items that should be of interest to you as well as our committee information and some of the training they will be bringing forward.
Your next training seminar will showcase live fire training in one of the most overlooked areas of fire investigation…vehicles. Where else can someone burn something worth $4,000 to $5,000 and turn it into a $15,000 to $20,000 insurance payoff or more? This will be accomplished through the staging of accidents involving fire, alleged accidental fires and arsons. Are you up to investigating these types of incidents?
For those that are new to this profession, consider attending the Fundamentals of Fire Investigations class presented by Jim Allen and Joe Konefal. This class is in tandem with our semi-annual training seminar. But, also consider that, with the ever changing guidelines (NFPA 921) and standards (NFPA 1033), this class is an on-going refresher course for those who have already been in the profession for a while.
Also being offered at each of our semi-annual training seminars is the IAAI Expert Witness Testimony Class put on by our very dedicated and talented array of attorneys who conduct one of the best Expert Witness Classes being offered. The class size is limited, so call the office to get your name on the waiting list.
I want to thank the Committees, Officers and Staff as well as the small army of unsung volunteers who steadily help CCAI operate effectively and continue to excel in performance.
This organization is on the move, and you are needed to keep the momentum going. Join a committee – Get involved!
The Board of Directors and the staff of CCAI want to wish all of you the best for the New Year; celebrate whole heartedly and joyfully. Please remember to pray for and keep in your mind and hearts all of those in the emergency services and the armed forces. They (you) unselfishly give of themselves (yourselves) to keep everyone safe and protected so that all may enjoy their (your) families, friends and freedom.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
E. R. Scotty Baker