From the Desk of
E.R. Scotty Baker, CCAI President
Members of CCAI,
The November 2013 Training Seminar is now in the history books.” Great, Awesome, Cool, Fantastic, and Just what I needed” were just a few of the comments I have received from the attendees. It is noticeably apparent that the men and women you have working as Officers, Directors and Committee members are doing the job you have entrusted to them, and they are providing the training you want and need in the fire investigation field of today. Your Training Committee, as well as many other committees and members of CCAI, worked countless hours to ensure this seminar was top notch, and it was quite evident that their efforts paid off. The training did not stop with the closing of the seminar either, because on Thursday after the conference, I observed a Roundtable Coordinator passing on some of the training, received at the seminar, to investigators in another area of the state. I truly feel this is what we are all about.
During the conference, I was excited to see that we are now on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. We really have gifted and dedicated people who can make this service available to all of you.
In March, the ballot will have new Directors positions to vote on as well as amendments to our Bylaws. The upcoming training conference promises to be exhilarating, so plan on being there.
Over the past two conferences, I have been fortunate to accomplish projects and different things I have wanted to do for the past twenty years. CCAI, your CCAI is a vibrant and aggressively moving force in the fire investigation training field and is only as good as you allow it to be. Please, become involved, become part of the solution, but should you have a problem, call me or one of your Directors who will be more than happy to help solve any issue.
The CCAI Expert Witness class continues to supply the best, comprehensive and up-to-date training to those who attend. We have had attendees from across the country that chose to attend our class above other locations. Our talented, dedicated and pioneering instructors continue to supply the best training anywhere for the complex issues of case preparation and testifying in the court setting.
There are indeed exceptionally exciting things happening with CCAI; fresh new innovative ideas coming from bright new people from within our organization. Over the past several months, a few Roundtable coordinators stated they could no longer complete the requirements of their Roundtable work and have stepped down, however others quickly took up the torch and are continuing onward. All of us should have praise and respect for those who realized they needed to step down and allow someone else lead the charge; my personal thank you to each and every one of you for a job well done. Also, to insure that you, the membership, are receiving every opportunity to receive the best training you can, some Roundtables have been changed allowing for better opportunities at different locations. Your Roundtables are as good as you make them, so please work with the coordinators, provide them with topics on what you want or need, so they can accommodate the training needs of our organization and the fire service.
As your president, I would like to list the names of each of the individuals who work hard to insure CCAI is moving steadily forward providing the training you need to be knowledgeable and proficient in your field work, case preparation, and trial activities, however the list is already posted under “Officers and Directors” elsewhere on this website.
The amount of documentation, paperwork, certificate printing, telephone calls, contacts, follow-up on hundreds of little details (sometime large ones) is covered by an extremely small number of our organization. If you have the opportunity to call our CCAI office, please take that opportunity to thank either April or Pam for their hard work. Once in a while we may have a temp, please thank them also for their hard work in making your organization function at the high level it does.
The California Conference of Arson Investigators, your conference, your organization, is proud and honored to be providing you the ever changing, up-to-date science of fire investigation in both the public and private sectors. We will stay determined to provide the best possible instruction available; ensuring you are able to perform your job at your best.
I have had the good fortune of being surrounded with incredibly talented and gifted people who continually make me look good. I will always be indebted and grateful.
E. R. Scotty Baker