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From NFPA Today

Have you noticed the number of people bundled up outside having a smoke on the front steps or porch?  A September 2014 article by King, Patel and Babb inMMWR, “Prevalence of Smokefree Home Rules — United States, 1992–1993 and 2010–2011,”confirms that this effort to limit second-hand smoke is part of a real shift.

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This recall involves Lenovo's LS-15 AC power cord manufactured from February 2011 to December 2011. The power cords were distributed with IdeaPad brand B-, G-, S-, U-, V- and Z-series laptop computers and Lenovo brand B-, G- and V-series laptop computers. The recalled power cords are black in color and have the "LS-15" molded mark on the AC adapter end. The manufacture date code in the format REV: 00 YYMM is on a label attached to the cord.

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This recall involves Giggles International Animated Sing-Along Monkey toys. The monkey is made of brown and beige plush material and is about 9 inches tall. The toy is designed to hold a song book titled "5 Little Monkeys" and to sing the song when activated. A red music note is on the bottom of the monkey's right foot and the face of a child with its hands covering its eyes are on the bottom of the money's left foot. Recalled sing-along monkeys were manufactured between 6/7/2014 and 7/5/2014 and have batch code GP1410028.  The manufacture date in the M/D/YYYY format and batch code are printed on the bottom of a white fabric label attached near the base of the monkey's tail. The monkey toys came in a tan colored box with words "Animated Sing-Along Monkey," "Sing along with me!" and "I play peek-a-boo with you!" on the front. The age advisory "For ages 3+" and the warning that batteries are included are also on the front of the box.

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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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NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations plays a fundamental role in fire and explosion investigations. A new edition of NFPA 921 is scheduled to be published in 2014. For years, this document has played a critical role in the training, education and job performance of fire and explosion investigators. It also serves as one of the primary references used by the National Fire Academy to support its fire/arson-related training and education programs. It is imperative that investigators understand the scope, purpose and application of this document, especially since it will be used to judge the quality and thoroughness of their investigations.

NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations plays a fundamental role in fire and explosion investigations. A new edition of NFPA 921 is scheduled to be published in 2014. For years, this document has played a critical role in the training, education and job performance of fire and explosion investigators. It also serves as one of the primary references used by the National Fire Academy to support its fire/arson-related training and education programs. It is imperative that investigators understand the scope, purpose and application of this document, especially since it will be used to judge the quality and thoroughness of their investigations.

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SAN DIEGO - A Team 10 and Scripps News investigation found arson fires are not investigated properly in many American cities -- including San Diego -- due to a chaotic patchwork of reporting systems and standards.

Many deliberately set building fires are not reported to the federal government.

Nationally, just 5 percent of all residential building fires are intentionally set, according to the National Fire Incident Reporting System, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.  Data collected by Scripps News suggests the national arson rate to be significantly higher.

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ATTENTION!!!
The next CCAI Training Seminar will be March 30 through April 3, 2015

Yes, you read that right - it will be a full 4 1/2 days
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March 2015 Training Seminar

CCAI Training Seminar

March 30 through April 3, 2015

Major changes are in affect within the field of fire and explosive investigations.  The National Fire Protection Association has established the standard that must be met by all Professional Fire and Explosion Investigators (NFPA 1033 - 2014 Edition).  It is important that any fire investigator who may offer expert testimony is intimately familiar with all industry standards that apply to the qualification of fire investigators.  If they do not obtain this necessary training, they many not be successful in their court testimonies.  All California courts require expert witnesses to establish that they are qualified as experts in their field.  NFPA 1033, section 1.3.7 requires that the investigator shall have and maintain at a minimum, an up-to-date basic knowledge of the following topics:

1. Fire Science
2. Fire Chemistry
3. Thermodynamics
4. Thermometry
5. Fire Dynamics
6. Explosion Dynamics
7. Computer Fire Modeling
8. Fire Investigation
  9. Fire Analysis
10. Fire Investigation Methodology
11. Fire Investigation Technology
12. Hazardous Materials
13. Failure Analysis and Analytical Tools
14. Fire Protection Systems
15. Evidence Documentation, Collection, and Preservation
16. Electricity and Electrical Systems

 

Section 1.3.8 states the fire investigator shall remain current in the topics listed in 1.3.7 by attending formal education courses beyond the high school level such as, workshops, and training seminars.

Only with the support of the membership can CCAI continue to provide quality educational training.  For the first time in California, in an effort to meet the needs of the professional fire investigator, the California Conference of Arson Investigators, a sub-committee of the California Fire Chiefs Association, is presenting a training seminar where all 16 topics, listed above, will be presented.  At the conclusion of this training, attendees will be tested and a certificate will be issued stating that they are compliant with the educational requirements mandated in NFPA 1033.

The above referenced topics will be presented by some of the most highly respected Fire/Arson Investigators in the State of California; such as Investigator Jim Allen, California State Fire Marshall’s Office Arson/Bomb Unit Retired and Dr. John DeHaan, California Department of Justice Retired and author of Kirk’s Fire Investigation and other immensely qualified instructors.

No one is immune:

… in November of 2014, a 44-year-old man filed a lawsuit against Phoenix alleging that the Fire Department’s Investigators violated his constitutional and civil rights in 2009 when he was indicted on suspicion of arson.  The defendant, who now lives in Illinois, spent more than 14 months in a Maricopa County jail awaiting trial for allegedly setting fire to a home he shared with two other men.  Prosecutors dismissed the case the day his trial was set to begin.  The suit, filed in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleges that the city failed to properly train the investigators and allowed them to use discredited investigation techniques.  The suit also alleges that fire investigators approached investigations with a preconceived idea of whether a fire was arson.  The lawsuit names former Phoenix Fire Chief Robert Khan, former Fire Marshal Jack Ballentine, and Captains Sam Richardson, Fred Andes and William Nelson.  The suit claims that the investigator spoke with one firefighter and one witness before deciding the fire was arson, did not investigate the possibility the fire was electrical and failed to follow up on a pawnshop receipt that would have provided an alibi.  The District Attorney publicly questioned the investigators competence and credibility last month, announcing that he would not prosecute any future cases they investigated.  A review of about 30 past and pending cases the men worked is ongoing, said a county attorney spokesman.

 

CCAI Training Calendar:

Staying Compliant with NFPA 1033 Educational Requirements

  • When:                       March 30 through April 3, 2015  (36 hours)
  • Where:                      Embassy Suites Hotel in San Luis Obispo, California
  • Registration fee:       $495.00, includes breakfast and lunch  (4 days)
    •   A $50.00 discount will be applied (per attendee) for agencies or companies sending registrations for three or more attendees

 

Register online or call 909 865-5004 and the staff at the CCAI office will be happy to assist you.

We look forward to, and appreciate, your future involvement at CCAI training events.

Tom Pierce
CCAI President 2014-15

 

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