Past Events


Below is a listing of some of our past training events. This will be added to and enhanced as time allows.

2017 Annual Fire and Explosion Investigation Training Session

We are proud to have provided some great training at the 2017 Annual Training Session last year in Chilliwack, BC. The event offered hands on training that gives the investigator insight into the latest methods of fire investigation. Click here to view the details of last year's event!

Thanks to our Sponsors for providing 10 furnished burn cells!

Hands Across the Border "HAB" Langley, BC - February 19, 2016 "Fire Scene Safety and Beyond / Large Loss Fire Investigations"


Two Members from the Washington State Chapter who are experienced and well known fire investigators presented two separate fire investigation topics.

Mr. Rice is a Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI), Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI) and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (NAFI). He has an extensive background in criminal and civil matters including fire origin and cause investigations and building inspections and plan reviews regarding fire & life safety evaluations, and fire code enforcement (ICC; NFPA). He has over 16 years of municipal government experience in fire investigation, law enforcement, risk management, and loss control. 

Prior to joining CASE Forensics, Mr. Rice served in the public sector; most recently as Fire Marshal for the Sun City Fire District where he became the first Certified Fire Marshal in the state of Arizona. As Fire Marshal, he was responsible for the administration of the Sun City Building Department where his duties included code administration, enforcement, and inspections. 

Mr. Rice has received specialized training in fire origin and cause determination, electrical fire investigation, vehicle fire investigation, evidence collection, fire science; behavior, dynamics, and chemistry, flammability/combustibility of liquids, interviews and interrogations, and courtroom testimony. Mr. Rice is knowledgeable about standard practices regarding fire scene excavation, evidence collection and chain of custody (NFPA 921). 

 Mr. Way is a CASE Forensics Principal and Registered Professional Electrical Engineer in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana and Nevada. He is recognized as a Certified Fire Investigator by the International Association of Arson Investigators and is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and has performed over a thousand investigations. Mr. Way has performed extensive fire ignition and ignition sequence testing. 

He has extensive experience in both electrical and mechanical engineering, design, and failure analysis. His casework experience includes product failure analysis, residential, commercial, marine and industrial fire and explosion investigations, heavy equipment accidents and failures, electrocution and electric shock investigations, and appliance fire and failure investigations. 

Mr. Way has experience with hydroelectric, gas turbine driven and, combined cycle power plants; electrical substations, including transformer and switchgear equipment; petrochemical plants and pipelines; waste water treatment plants; potable water pumping systems; heavy manufacturing plants; and heavy construction. 

While employed at a major refinery, Mr. Way participated in a refinery training program and became proficient in design, repair, and troubleshooting of refinery process equipment including piping system design and analysis, heat exchanger design and repair, pump design and flow analysis, and valve design and repair. He is well versed in material selection for strength and corrosion resistance, mechanical design, failure analysis, and pressure drop studies. 

In addition, Mr. Way conducts soil resistivity testing, grounding system analysis and design, and ground system testing. He is also experienced in project management, design engineering, technical analysis, bid analysis, and preparation of equipment procurement specifications. 


Before pursuing an engineering career, Mr. Way worked as an appliance and furnace repair technician for his family’s business in Fremont, Nebraska. As a result of this background he is experienced with proper operation and repair of large appliances including clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers and furnaces. Mr. Way has performed many forensics investigations involving large and small, household and commercial appliances. 


Sept 22 - Sept 25, 2015 - "BCIAAI Annual Training Conference" - RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre



This years training conference will be held in beautiful Chilliwack, British Columbia from September 22-25th, and will be co-located at the RCMP Pacific Region Traiing Center, and a live burn site location to be supported by assistance from staff with the City of Chilliwack Fire Department.

This training program includes hands on participation in fire scene investigations at several staged fire scenes as well as attending lectures at the Pacific Regional Training Centre. Hosted by the IAAIChapter 15 executive, this 4-day training program, based on NFPA 921 - Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, addresses the technical and scientific knowledge and skills needed to conduct successful fire/arson investigations. The format for delivery will be two session blocks delivered in the morning, followed by two afternoon session blocks. Two evening lecture sessions will be provided with keynote speakers.

Using a combination of classroom and practical exercises, successful methods will be demonstrated for conducting science-based fire investigations. Upon completion of this program, participants will be prepared to complete the International Association of Arson Investigators Fire Investigation Technician (IAAI-FIT) examination. Additional mandatory and 18 months of experience is required in addition to the 30 hours of tested training provided in this program. More details are available at:

Subjects covered include:

NFPA 921 and the Scientific Method,
NFPA 1033 for Fire and Police,
Fire Scene Safety and Hazard Assessment,
Documenting the Fire Scene,
Origin and Cause determination,
Fire Dynamics & Ventilation,
Fatal Fires,
Clandetine Lab Fires,
Fire Scene Photography,
Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction,
Electronic Data for Fire Investigators,
Basics of Interviewing,
Electrical Arc Mapping,
Multiple Party Investigations,
Preparing your case, and
Criminal and Civil case studies.
The curriculum is designed to meet or exceed the applicable sections of NFPA 1033 -Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator and is intended for public Fire and Police investigators, Safety authorities, private investigators, and insurance personnel.

The overall program will build on the recent Chapter 15 IAAI seminars including photography, evidence collection, legal aspects of NFPA 921, and case management with multiple parties. Hands-on training will involve investigation teams working a previously burned scenario and presenting their results to the group. The burn scenarios will be based on real criminal and accidental fire causes in new and old construction.
A multiple choice examination will follow the course. All persons enrolled are required to participate in the hands-on investigations portion of this program.

Required by the International IAAI, participants intending to apply for the FIT designation are required to complete the following mandatory courses from CFITrainer.Net;

(1) Documenting the Event (4 hours),
(2) Ethics and the Fire Investigator (3 hours),
(3) NFPA 1033 and Your Career (2 Hours),
(4) The Practical Application of the Relationship Between NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921  (2 hrs), and
(5) The Scientific Method for Fire and Explosion Investigation (3 hours).

 The PRTC lecture program will incorporate each of these subjects into the serries of lectures provided by various qualified presenters.

Other benefits of the training symposium include,  barracks style on site accomodations at the PRTCas well as an available supplied meal plans and social pub nights for networking with your peers.  Offsite accomodations are available and may be secured by participanst at several nearby hotels. Course registration is only available in advance and seats are limited to a maximum of 60 attendees. Please complete your ONLINE registration online as soon as possible in order to confirm a seat on this course. Memberships with BCIAAI Chapter 15 can be obtained at a cost of $30 per year. The course rate for BCIAAI members is  lower compared to the rate charged to non-members.


Chris Reed, Steve Baker, Timothy Lee, Michael Lejeune, Derek Sheppard, Kevin Hamilton, Al Smith

Location: RCMP Pacific Region Training Center, 1100-45337 Calais Crescent, Chillkiwack, BC.

Dates: Tuesday September 22 to Friday September 25th, 2015

$495 for BC Chapter 15 IAAI Members or $550 for non-members. Your own copy of NFPA 921 (2014 Edition) is available for an additional fee of $115.00.


Hands Across the Border "HAB" Blain, Washington at the Silver Reef Casino - February 27, 2015


Presented jointly by the WA Chapter IAAI and the BC Chapter IAAI: 

Mr. Steve Grimaldi, British Columbia Forest Service Senior Protection Officer will be providing a two hour presentation on Wildland Fire Investigation. In the afternoon, Mr. Mike Lejeune will be providing a two hour presentation on using Electronic Data when conducting fire investigations. For the past 15 years Steve Grimaldi has been the provincial lead for wildfire investigation in BC.   Steve was appointed Co-Chair by the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) for Wildfire Investigation training in Canada.  Steve also participates internationally as a member of NWCG International Wildfire Investigation Working Team, working alongside with the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Steve has been an integral part of the international training program, instructing wildfire investigation to other partners in South Korea, Italy and the US.  Steve retired from the Public Service in 2014 as a Special Provincial Constable within the Ministry of Forests & Lands.  In this role he has worked closely with the Compliance & Enforcement Branch as a Special Investigation Unit member, the RCMP Forest Crimes Investigation Unit and the Conservation Officer Service. Steve has developed a number of surveillance systems and techniques which are now used by these agencies.  Along with surveillance systems work, Steve continues to use his geographic profiling training to work on crime analysis processes for investigating serial wildfire arson. 

Wildfire Investigation history:
•           Unites States and Canada

Basic methodology of conducting a wildfire investigation:
•           Fire vectors,
•           Fire indicators,
•           Wildfire science,
•           Wildfire Causes in Canada

Wildfire investigation scene processing:
•           Data collection,
•           Documentation,
•           GPS and GIS mapping

Michael Lejeune, P.Eng., CFEI, has been involved in forensic investigations of fires, explosions, and product failures for over 7 years. Mr. Lejeune holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and works out of Sereca’s Vancouver office. He is the team leader for the Vancouver forensic team and applies his diverse mechanical and fire investigation skillset to losses throughout Western Canada.

Electronic data is one form of discrete, non-subjective data that can be retrieved and evaluated from a variety of sources to supplement origin and cause investigations. In today’s modern electronic age, there are an increasing amount of tools available to the fire investigator to extract meaningful information from the range of security, fire alarm, video surveillance technology, personal electronics, and industrial automation. The information can be used for:

• Creating a timeline of human activities, alarm sequencing, and fire development.

• Identifying pathways of fire spread through a building.

• Determining or confirming reported occupant access and activities.

• Evaluating operation of fire protection systems and industrial processes.

• Quantifying environmental conditions leading up to the fire.

 This presentation provides an overview of the sources of electronic data, operating characteristics of these data collection systems, necessary steps to obtain available data, and how the information can be applied to origin & cause investigations.

November 6 - "Fire Investigation for Clandestine Labs and Marijuana Grow Ops" - Location Township of Langley Civic Centre - 9 am to 3 pm


This full day seminar included morning and afternoon presentations by three experts within the Province of British Columbia. Steve Baker, Chris Reed and Derel Westwick presented information on Clandestine Lab fires.

June 11, 2014 - "Fire Fatalities" - Location TBD - 10 am to 3 pm


This half day traiing session was  presented by BCIAAI Director / Captain of Fire Investigations for the City of Vancouver Ray Bryant. Ray shared a 4 hour presentation that was based on a course he attended in the United States that dealt specifically with documenting of fire scenes where a fire fatality has occured. Ray discussed his own experiences in dealing with fire fatalities as well as the best practices as outlined in NFPA 921.  

March 31 - April 4th 2014 - "Back to the Future / Back to Basics" - RCMP Pacific Region Training Centre


This was the largest and most intensive of our training events scheduled in 2014. This week long session was an opportunity for hands on digging through fire scenes that will be sure to interest both the seasoned and newer fire investigators. A variety of interesting topics were  presented by local fire origin and cause investigators with a diverse mix of law enforcement, fire service and insurance industry backgrounds.

All of the sessions are consistent with the NFPA 921 and 1033 approach to fire investigation methodology and fire investigator professional development, including the following aspects:

  • Allows participants to prepare for and achieve qualifications through the IAAI "Fire Investigation Technician" certification program;
  • Present the scientific method of fire investigation outlined in NFPA 921;
  • Explore best practices for conducting fire scene examinations with the goal of proper and complete documentation of the scene;
  • Develop a better understanding of fire dynamics and how ventilation affects fire development;
  • Tools and tips to assist in determining the area of fire origin;
  • Basics of arc mapping and preservation of electrcial evidence at fire scenes;
  • Effective critical thinking and analysis as it relates to fire cause determination;
  • Process and procedures for effective fire scene and evidence preservation;
  • Real life fire case studies from the criminal and civil courts;
  • Techniques for improving report writing and interview skills;  and
  • Small group participation in a live burn and fire investigation burn cubicle including presentation of findings.

The training conference was  held in beautiful Chilliwack, British Columbia from March 31 to April 4th, and was  co-located at the RCMP Pacific Region Traiing Center, and a live burn site hosted by the City of Chilliwack Fire Department. Intact Insurance made a large financial contribution to support the event and training for fire investigators.

February 21 - "Hands Across the Border" - Township of Langley Civic Center - 11 am to 3 pm


Location: Township of Langley Civic Building

Date: Feb 21, 2014

Title: Accidental  or Arson  with Fatality in a Vehicle Fire

Speakers: Mike Makela, Snohomish County Fire Marshal's Office, Washington, USA.

Topics: Fatal Fire investigations, dealing with multiple agencies, vehicle fire investigations, analysis of data

# of attendees: 30

Documenting the Fire Scene 2013


Location: Township of Langley Civic Building

Date: June 13, 2012

Title: Documenting the Fire Scene

Speakers: Chris Reed, Jeffery Jackson, Timothy Lee, Terry Zweng

Topics: Digital photography for fire scenes, HDR photo techniques, collection, documentation and preservation of fire scene evidence

# of attendees: 62

Chilliwack Annual Training 2012


Location: RCMP Pacific Rim Training Center

Date: March 6-9, 2012

Title: From Call Out to Report

Speakers: Chris Reed, Dave Wood, Mike LeJeune, Adrian Ratte

Topics: The Scientific Method, Data Collection, Origin Determination, Cause Determination, Methodology and Preparing the Report

# of attendees: 64

Hands Across The Border 2012


Location: Township of Langley Council Chambers

Date: February 3, 2012

Title: From Call Out to Report

Speakers: Bill Hewett

Topics: Case Study Involving the Conviction of a Firefighter Arsonist

# of attendees: not reported

Fall Training Seminar 2006


Location: Burnaby Firefighters Club

Date: October 18, 2006

Title: Fire Investigation Training - Basic to Advanced

Speakers: Richard Lindsay

Topics: Providing expert evidence in both Civil and Criminal Courts of Law

# of attendees: not reported

Annual General Meeting 2003


Location: not reported

Date: May 7-9, 2003

Title: Investigating Arson for Profit - The Team Concept

Speakers: not reported

Topics: not reported

# of attendees: not reported

Fire Loss Seminar 2002


Location: The Sheraton Wall Center

Date: November 22, 2002

Title: Freedom of Information and Privacy Legislation: A Review and Practical Discussion

Speakers: Singleton Urquhart / I.A.A.I.

Topics: Case Study Involving the Conviction of a Firefighter Arsonist

# of attendees: not reported

Fall Training Seminar 2002


Location: Burnaby Firefighter's Club

Date: October 24, 2002

Title: Product Failure Fires

Speakers: not reported

Topics: Product failure scenarios

# of attendees: not reported

Annual General Meeting 2002


Location: Lower Mainland

Date: April 3-5, 2002

Title: Investigating Arson for Profit - The Team Concept

Speakers: Dr. John DeHaan

Topics: not reported

# of attendees: not reported

Hands Across the Border 2002


Location: Pacific Inn Best western Resort, Surrey, BC

Date: February 20, 2002

Title: not reported

Speakers: not reported

Topics: not reported

# of attendees: not reported

Fall Training Seminar 2001


Location: Burnaby Firefighter's Club

Date: September 19, 2001

Title: Juvenille Fire Setter's Seminar

Speakers: Captain Terry Abrams North Vancouver FD , Cst. Sodi Dhillion Surrey RCMP, Mr. Don Morrison, Police Complaint Commissioner for BC.

Topics: Juvenille Fire Setters, Case Study of Two Juvenille Arsonists, Role of the Courts and the Youth Justice System

# of attendees: 35

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