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The Primary mission of the California Conference of Arson Investigators is the reduction of arson through the establishment of a professional organization which will:

  • Provide, develop, and support the establishment of training, educational programs and educational materials to improve the quality of fire investigations.

  • To support and/or sponsor legislation which will improve the quality of fire investigations and reduce the incidents of arson.

  • To provide a network of coordination and information sharing for identification, apprehension, and prosecution of those responsible for the acts of arson.

  • The Primary mission of the California Conference of Arson Investigators is the reduction of arson through the establishment of a professional organization which will:

  • Provide, develop, and support the establishment of training, educational programs and educational materials to improve the quality of fire investigations.

  • To support and/or sponsor legislation which will improve the quality of fire investigations and reduce the incidents of arson.

  • To provide a network of coordination and information sharing for identification, apprehension, and prosecution of those responsible for the acts of arson.

  • The Primary mission of the California Conference of Arson Investigators is the reduction of arson through the establishment of a professional organization which will:

  • Provide, develop, and support the establishment of training, educational programs and educational materials to improve the quality of fire investigations.

  • To support and/or sponsor legislation which will improve the quality of fire investigations and reduce the incidents of arson.

  • To provide a network of coordination and information sharing for identification, apprehension, and prosecution of those responsible for the acts of arson.

  • The Primary mission of the California Conference of Arson Investigators is the reduction of arson through the establishment of a professional organization which will:

  • Provide, develop, and support the establishment of training, educational programs and educational materials to improve the quality of fire investigations.

  • To support and/or sponsor legislation which will improve the quality of fire investigations and reduce the incidents of arson.

  • To provide a network of coordination and information sharing for identification, apprehension, and prosecution of those responsible for the acts of arson.

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    NHTSA Recall

    SUMMARY:

    Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2013 Bighorn Silverado, 2014 Bighorn and 2013-2014 Cyclone, and Landmark fifth wheel trailers equipped with certain Frigidaire KG-series microwaves, models CFMV152CLB and CFMV154CLS, manufactured January 27, 2013, through April 10, 2013 in the serial number range KG30607951 through KG31600670. In the affected vehicles, the microwave may start on its own and begin heating when unattended.

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    ‘Breaking Bad’ Web Searches:

    How Claims Can Illuminate the ‘Hidden’ Web

    By Peter A. Lynch

    Relying on traditional web search engine queries to mine information may omit critical data needed to break your case.

    Unsophisticated users of Google, Bing or Yahoo believe those search engines locate everything on the web.  As web research exploded because of the ease of typing a search quiery into Google or Bing, specialized search results lay hidden.

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    White Paper-NIST Technical Publication

    NIST Technical Note 1628

    A History of Fire Testing

    Abstract:

    This paper discusses the breakthroughs in science and engineering that have brought fire testing technology to its current state of maturity and provides insight into the possibilities for future fire test development by highlighting some areas where advancements are needed. The quest for understanding the properties of fire has been a part of the human experience since the first primitive human viewed the glow of a flame potentially 2.5 million years ago, during the Paleolithic Period. Since these early observations, humankind slowly developed the knowledge to use and understand fire.  However, the initial revolution in fire testing did not begin until recently, in the nineteenth century, when the basic tools were developed that allowed for remote measurement of temperatures and heat flow. Discoveries such as the “thermoelectric effect” and the development of the First Law of Thermodynamics led to the creation of tools for calorimetry providing for the measurement of temperatures and heat flux. The second revolution in measuring and understanding fire occurred in the early twentieth century with worldwide recognition that scientifically based fire standards were needed to protect life and property. At the same time engineering innovation developed electromechanical equipment that could automatically record data measured from fire experiments. This advancement in data recording allowed for the detailed study of measured fire behavior. The third revolution in fire testing (measurement technology) occurred in the last half of the twentieth century with the development of affordable digital data logging equipment and computers that enhanced data analysis and the development of scientifically based predictive models. Wide spread use of technology and computational methods have opened the theoretical world which provides insight into the subtle features of fire dynamics and provides a means for developing a greater understanding of fire test method performance. Fire measurement technology now has the scientific and computational tools to make significant advancements in the development of fire safety standards. Use of these tools has directed attention to improvements needed in testing for structural fire endurance to enhance fire resistant structural designs. This would include, but not be limited to, advancements in testing of structural components, assemblies, and systems under realistic simulations of fire and load conditions. The objective for these new tests would be to enhance structural performance so that uncontrolled building fires result in burnout without partial or total collapse. Additionally, these fire measurement technologies would also lead to improvements in ignition resistant materials, surface flammability, fire growth, smoke and toxic gas production that will save lives and reduce the high cost of unwanted fires.

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    White Paper-NIST Publication

    Publication Citation: Software Independent Data Mapping Tool for Structural Fire Analysis

     

    Author(s): Dilip K. Banerjee;
    Title: Software Independent Data Mapping Tool for Structural Fire Analysis
    Published: March 12, 2014
    Abstract: In order to model the structural behavior under fire, three separate analyses need to be conducted: a) fire propagation and growth (fire modeling), b) transient heat transfer in structural members due to fire, and c) structural analysis to account for both thermal and mechanical load. Advanced methods for fire modeling are based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approach. Typical heat transfer analysis is conducted using finite element analysis (FEA) approach employing solid 3-D or 2-D shell elements. Structural analysis is often conducted using a FEA approach, but employing beam and shell elements, especially for large structures. While both thermal and structural analyses are conducted using finite elements, fire modeling is often carried out using finite difference method (FDM), where the computational domain is discretized using rectangular grids. The computational domain is made up of right parallelepipedic volumes called meshes. Fire modeling is also conducted with the finite element method in some cases. Typical outputs of a fire model are heat flux and gas temperature field, which are inputs to the heat transfer model as thermal boundary conditions. Subsequently, the transient temperatures computed by the heat transfer analysis in the entire computational domain comprising structural members are inputs to the structural analysis model. However, this transfer of data is rather complicated because of the difference in the level and type of discretization used in each of these analyses. As mentioned earlier, fire modeling using CFD approach uses FDM, while both heat transfer and structural analyses use FEA approach. Since the type of discretization is different, a mapping tool is therefore required to transfer temperatures and heat flux from fire model to a heat transfer model. This is because the coordinates of nodes or grid points in both models may vary....
    Citation: NIST TN - 1828
    Research Areas: Fire Resistance of Structures
    PDF version: PDF Document Click here to retrieve PDF version of paper (2MB)

     

    Dyson Recalls Bladeless Portable Electric Heaters Due to Fire Hazard

    Recall Date: April 1, 2014
    Recall Number: 14-143

    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.

    Recall Summary

    Name of Product: Portable electric heaters

    Hazard: The heaters can develop an electrical short and overheat, posing a fire hazard to the consumer.

     

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