The classroom portion of the advanced students has been relocated to the Forensic Fire Death training site near camp San Luis Obispo. There, students will have unrestricted access to the entire training facility and will witness all live burn scenarios, as well as all demonstration fires created for the basic fire death class during the week.
The advanced class is comprised of only five to six members of law enforcement, crime scene investigators, the fire service, and the medical examiner/coroner. Advanced students will also be presented with a dynamic fire scene and fire death investigation scenario. This scenario is realistic and will involve the use of multiple human cadavers. What you see is what you get!
Students will conduct a team-oriented fire scene and death investigation that is intended to challenge all participants in the group into making a scientific conclusion on the origin and cause of the fire and the mode and manner of death. Students will also be challenged with legal issues that involve fire death investigations and crime scenes or potential crime scenes. During the field investigation, students will have the opportunity to interact with a member of the District Attorney and/or a Civil Attorney.
On Friday morning, July 1, 2022, at the host hotel, the advanced students will make a formal presentation of findings and conclusions to the attorneys. Each member of the advanced group will also be expected to testify to their portion of the investigation.
At the conclusion of this class, each advanced student will have witnessed at least 12-14 live fire, fatal fire scenes. Your updated curriculum vitae will reflect in this unique training experience and prepare you for future complex investigations and courtroom testimony involving a fatal fire investigation and complex fire scene management. This unique training opportunity cannot be found anywhere else.
“Students must bring their own standard field equipment, PPE and field apparel as per their agencies protocol for conducting a fatal fire investigation. If you are not sure what to bring please see our FAQ page. Laptop computers are strongly suggested as all training materials and handouts will be provided on a USB flash drive. SLOFIST will have shirts and hats available for purchase.” Self Contained Breathing Apparatus is not needed. Students are also welcome to bring (but not required) any investigation tools, vehicles, or equipment they have available to them.
Our video equipment is not compatible with Apple Mac computers. So when your team wants to put together a PPT for the last day, your program should be loaded on a PC.
The Advanced Class Schedule:
Monday June 26,2022, at 08:00-16:30
Tuesday June 27, 2022, at 08:00-12:00
The Advanced Scenario Begins.
Wednesday June 28, 2022, at 08:00-16:30 hours
Thursday June 29, 2022, at 08:00-14:30
Friday June 30, 2022, at 08:00-15:00
Prior successful completion of the 40-hour Forensic Fire Death Investigation Course
Currently employed as a fulltime member with a public safety agency:
If you are interested in attending this new advanced class, please submit a current resume/curriculum vitae via e-mail of your training, education, and experience as well as a copy of your certificate of attendance of attendance or “POST Profile” proof to the Forensic Fire Death Investigation Course.
CA. POST Approval Is Pending For This Class!
Checks or Money Orders preferred. Add 3.6% processing fee for credit card and Paypal transactions.
The course fee includes tuition, all lunches and a USB flash drive with all student reference materials.
Note: materials will not be printed, therefore, laptops are highly recommended.
SLOFIST prefers checks and agency purchase orders made payable to SLOFIST,Inc. PO Box 5012, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-5102.
Credit card payments available (add 3.6% processing fee).
The San Luis Obispo County Airport is within ten miles of the training location.
Transportation and Lodging:
Last day to book: TBD
Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo
333 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA. 93405
24 CEUʼs for Emergency Medical Technicians for medical recertification.
|Event Date||06-26-2023 8:00 am|
|Event End Date||06-30-2023 5:00 pm|
|Location||Embassy Suites San Luis Obispo|
Monday June 27,2022
Advanced students report directly to the fire training burn site. Advanced students will interact with all staff members, scenario proctors and Dr. Elayne Pope. Assist with scenario preparation for basic class fire death scenarios including the ignition scenarios for each fire death scenario. View all training aids with pre fire wounds with each assigned proctor and Dr. Elayne Pope. View all live burns of each scenario from ignition to post extinguishment. View all post fire scenarios and post fire wounds and with each assigned proctor and Dr. Elayne Pope.
Tuesday June 28, 2022
• Continue scenario set up and observing live burns.
Tuesday June 28, 2022
The Advanced Scenario Begins.
Wednesday June 29, 2022
• Observe live burn demonstrations for basic class. • Continue with advanced scenario investigation.
Thursday June 30, 2022
• Observe additional live burn demonstrations. • Continue advanced scenario field investigation. • Advanced scenario will conclude by 14:30 hours.
Friday July 1, 2022
• The advanced class will present their findings to a legal team consisting of a member of the District Attorney and/or Civil Attorney for review. Feedback will be provided to the group as to the strength or weakness of their case weather criminal or civil. • Each member of the advanced team must be prepared to testify under oath regarding their part of the investigation as well as their training, education and experience in law enforcement, crime scene management, fire investigation, or death investigation, etc.
Forensic Anthropologist and the Autopsy Supervisor at the Tidewater Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (TOCME) in Norfolk, Virginia.Her research focuses on how the human body burns in a variety of fire environments that include: structural, vehicular, and outdoors.
Vice President and Director of Training for “Fire Investigation Industries.” sits on the “California Conference of Arson Investigators” Executive Board.