|From the desk of CCAI President Dale Feb|
My fellow members,
As I take office, I would like to thank you for your support and trust through the years. I serve this organization in appreciation for all the experience I have gained by attending these conferences and having the opportunity to sit down and share information with some of the most experienced investigators in the industry. The value of this professional training and friendship is truly priceless. It is my desire to continue this tradition of service and bring the best education possible to our members through the Roundtable meetings and Training Seminars.
However, this cannot be done by one man. The president may have to make some important decisions, but it is the Board, Committee Members and Volunteers that make this happen. I am grateful to be surrounded by so many extraordinary individuals, and I thank them for their incredible service to our association. I look forward to another fantastic year with some great education. I invite your participation within your association. Please feel free to contact me directly or any member of the Board. We look forward to working with anyone who has a desire to serve.
This letter follows our March Conference and our largest training experience ever. It was truly amazing that we packed professional training on electrical, spontaneous combustion, Molotov cocktails, flammable liquids, fire patterns recognition, fire progression and much more into one day. We managed to burn four buildings at Camp San Luis Obispo, and not only did we benefit our members with this training, but we saved the tax payers approximately 1.5 million dollars. The cost to demolish a single building and depose of the debris out-of-state to an approved dumpsite is over $400,000 per building. We were given the opportunity to burn these buildings at a cost to the Military Base of only $30,000 per building. On top of all that, we offered the opportunity for Cal Fire to gain additional experience on structure fire suppression. These relationships are strong, and we will continue to serve our members with hands-on live fire investigation training.
In conclusion, I would like to thank the Board of Directors, Committee members, Roundtable Coordinators, and volunteers for their great work in San Luis Obispo. I would also like to thank the office staff for allowing us to focus on our training and providing the necessary support to make this all happen. If it was not for Mr. Fee, April and Pam, we would never have been able to pull this conference off.