Seminar Title

Phase II Fire Investigation Based on NFPA® 921 & NFPA® 1033

Dates of Events

10/13/2021 through 10/14/2021

Last Updated: 09/16/2021
Instructor(s): Tim Yandell
Location: Abington Public Safety Training Facility - 2200 Florey Lane, Abington, PA 19001
Hotel: Hampton Inn Willow Grove - 1500 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090
Course Registration Fee: $295
Instructor Bio
Tim Yandell
Tim Yandell, Captain (Retired) CFEI, CVFI Certified
Tim Yandell retired in 2004 from the Ponca City Fire Department as a Captain in fire suppression and investigations. Tim currently investigates Fire Origin and Cause of Structure and Vehicle Fires, Mechanical Failure Examinations, Evidence Preservation/Collection as well as testifying in both Criminal and Civil Litigation Cases through Yandell Fire Investigations and Consultants. He has an extensive background in automotive and heavy equipment as well as Origin and Cause Investigations on structure fire losses. Tim has authored and co-authored two fire science-training books VEHICLE FIRE/ARSON INVESTIGATION AND FIRE INVESTIGATION BASED ON NFPA 921 AND NFPA 1033. Tim lectures nationally to State and Federal Agencies as well as Insurance Companies.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:

Phase II Fire Investigation
Based on NFPA® 921 & NFPA® 1033
Including: Case Studies, Documentation and Reference Forms

Course Objectives & The Purpose of This Course:
In today’s legal atmosphere more emphasis and oversight have occurred in recent years than ever before. The courts are taking a closer look at whether the investigator followed the best accepted practices and referenced literatures during the course of the investigation.
Fire Investigation Overview:
In this course of instruction you will receive the necessary knowledge and information so you can demonstrate to the court, attorney’s and juries that you have followed all of the best and accepted practices during the course of your investigation.
Systematic Approach:
Systematic approach recommended is that of the Scientific Method which is used in the physical sciences.
This method provides for the organizational & analytical process which is desirable and necessary in a successful fire investigation as discussed in NFPA® 921.

Scientific Method:
The systematic pursuit of knowledge involving the recognition and formulation of a problem, the collection of data through observations and experiment and the formulation and testing of a hypothesis.
It is imperative that the investigator is able to convey these important facts to the audience, not only did the investigator document the scene as discussed in the fire investigation literatures, the investigator also followed those practices throughout his/her fire investigation of the scene.
Applying the proper courtroom presentation or depositions will be the challenge where you will have to explain your compliance with the methodology, scientific methods followed and meeting all of the best practices of our industry.

Case Review:
Case reviews will be demonstrated throughout the class to assure the attendee will have the benefit of seeing a properly documented scene that will withstand a court challenge.

Report writing skills will be addressed in this seminar. A properly documented report could be the difference in a case going to preliminary hearing, grand jury or a trial.
The properly written communication to your readers will demonstrate the investigator has properly documented the scene while applying a systematic approach and followed the literatures of our industry.

Upon Completion:
The attendee will have received knowledge in advanced fire document- ation, application of the proper methodology, the use of the scientific method throughout the investigation and while drawing and testing conclusions.
Case studies demonstrating the proper systematic procedure for documentation of the scene and why each step is important.
Understanding the implications with spoliation of evidence from the scene and examine the importance of preparation for testimony and depositions.
The importance of defining the area of origin and documentation of the first material ignited, the ignition or heat source.