Thanks, [John] ! You guys are great. I got what I needed. Also, that was easily one of the best training classes I have ever attended in 30 years of law enforcement. Be safe !! Detective Harris, LASD Arson Explosives Detail, Los Angeles, CA slofist Admin @ 08-12-2015, 00:30
“Best Law Enforcement training I have attended in 25 years. The training is geared towards fire related deaths, but as a homicide investigator I found there were relevant and valuable aspects of the material that all new homicide detectives should be exposed to. I strongly believe this training should be attended by all homicide, crime lab, coroner, and fire personal, and DA’s involved in these types of investigations”. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:44
“Excellent class. I enjoyed the unique training experience that combined forensic science crime investigation and fire science. I appreciated the chance to interact with experts and crime scenes. I also enjoyed interacting with the other members of the class. Our team was a good balance of experiences and disciplines”. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:42
“Usually when you have scientific lectures they are hard to sit though. However the energy and passion the instructors have keeps you interested, especially Dr. Pope”. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:41
“I really enjoyed this class. I think that the way SLOFIST works together and utilizes all its resources within the County is not seen everywhere. I would hope to take this class again or at least send other people. I would like to see you add more classes to your program. Maybe 2 or 3 day classes. Thanks for putting on this fabulous training”. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:40
“The logistics for this class were obviously very complex. SLOFIST did an excellent job on the organization and logistics of this class. Job well done on class organization”! slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:40
“The UCD Entomology students were great. They took time to “teach” and explain their discipline. They were 100% spot one with Dr Kimsey. Good stuff”! slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:39
“I was impressed with everyone involved in the class. It was a great experience, and the work it must take to bring it all together is impressive”. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:39
“Thank you John [Madden] for the opportunity to attend this outstanding class and learning opportunity. Thanks to all of the staff for their time and dedication. It is very evident that a lot of work goes into pulling a class like this together. The logistics are probably a nightmare but the staff made everything flawless, or at least that the way it looked through my eyes”. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:37
“Over all this was an excellent course. The live field training was excellent. My training and experience has been greatly enhanced, and I obtained valuable skills I will be able to use in future investigations”. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:37
“Great course that every investigator tasked with investigation fire death scenes should attend”. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:37
“The classes and field experience were awesome. The instructors, staff volunteers were professional, polite, were very thorough in sharing their knowledge, and stayed true to class schedule. The instructors willingly and patiently shared their knowledge without becoming over bearing, and divided their time patiently with each group”. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:36
“The level of knowledge of instructors and presenters was astounding. I would definitely recommend that my colleagues attend future courses”. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:36
“Over all, a challenging and informative course with excellent instruction. Our proctor on Scene 9 was very helpful and a definite asset. The opportunity to watch a video of each scenario after our presentations was the most important event at the end of the course”. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:36
“By far the most advantageous aspect of the course is the collaborative effort between the different professions among the students”. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:35
“The course far exceeded my expectations, great training, very well organized. The staff was very helpful with all aspects of the program”. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 01:32
“THANK YOU, for an extraordinary class and hands on experience! The weather was great! You and your staff were exceptional host and instructors. I plan to send more of my staff for this training. I already have numerous departments (police, fire & coroner) from across the state of Arkansas wanting to come to this one of a kind training.” slofist Admin @ 01-27-2015, 09:14
“I just wanted to write you an email to express my gratitude for last week at SLOFIST. Thank you for the incredible opportunity to come participate in this event. I meant what I said about last week being one of the best weeks of my life. It was an amazing learning experience and I gained valuable training that I would not have received anywhere else.” slofist Admin @ 01-27-2015, 09:13
“Best Law Enforcement training I have received in 25 years……I strongly believe this training should be attended by all homicide, crime lab, Coroner, Fire and DA’s involved in these types of investigations” slofist Admin @ 01-27-2015, 09:12
“I thought that the way SLOFIST works together and utilizes all its resources in the county is not something you see everywhere” slofist Admin @ 01-27-2015, 09:11
“This program is well put together, well organized and an invaluable opportunity for us” slofist Admin @ 01-27-2015, 09:10
“The cadre of instructors you have on your staff is nothing short of impressive” slofist Admin @ 01-27-2015, 09:09
Good Morning!
I just wanted to write you an email to express my gratitude for last week at SLOFIST. Thank you for the incredible opportunity to come participate in this event. I meant what I said about last week being one of the best week's of my life. It was an amazing learning experience and I gained valuable training that I would not have received anywhere else. I know it is always risky inviting new people into the fold and running a conference of this size is not an easy thing to do, so I am hoping I was able to alleviate some of the stress.
I just want to also add that I have been to multiple trainings for explosives, fires, and chemistry, but by far this conference was the smoothest I have seen and most beneficial. Every person I talked to had positive feedback and learned a great deal from this conference.I am proud to say I was a part of that experience for these students.
Thank you again for allowing me to come last week and I do look forward to future trainings (if I am invited). I would love to be able to come out and contribute wherever I can. I hope to see you all again very soon and it was a very big pleasure meeting you guys!
Have a wonderful Monday!
Samantha Peek Samantha Peek @ 01-27-2015, 08:44
John [Madden], I would like to personally thank you and your staff for an excellent and well-presented course. I honestly do not think I have ever attended a course throughout my military and policing career of such magnitude. I am further sure that I would most likely not attend anything like it anywhere else in the world. I want to compliment you and your staff on going above and beyond to take the time to explain and show certain aspects of the investigations presented to us. I also would like to recognize that none of this well documented and presented training, would be possible without the training aids provided to SLOFIST and us, to make the training very realistic.
I would now be able, without any doubt, recognize certain evidence, I would not of been able to do, without this course. I am also going to use this knowledge gained, to educate and train our junior members and even some of our more senior members.
Once again, thank you very much.
Sean Wentzel Sean Wentzel @ 01-27-2015, 08:41
Really great! Super User @ 01-25-2015, 23:54
Hello John,

I would like to thank you for allowing me to participate in the FOC Class. I was a great learning experience to see pre and post scenarios. I would like to volunteer for the next class if you need help please keep me in mind. Thank You

Annette Olague
Deputy Coroner Annette Olague @ 01-27-2015, 08:47
The staff was extremely well organized. Classes started on time and were well prepared. Great and knowledgeable staff. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 23:47
The field activities were well prepared and organized. Safety protocols were established and maintained at all times. It was helpful to have one instructor per two vehicles for the field exercises to help with any questions that arose. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 23:46
The CHP instructor gave us new information about EDR and light filaments. I liked seeing the exhaust manifold test in person. I have never been able to examine wire harnesses in person before. The vehicle examinations were good experience slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 23:46
Excellent course particularly the investigation procedure portions; it was helpful to see a step by step process for completing an investigation. Vehicle reconstruction was also especially useful; there were lots of good tips and things to look for: headlight filaments, brake rotors and etc. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 23:46
The course was well prepared and organized; the classroom activities/lectures helped lay the foundation for the field exercises. Good structure and location, and a good mix of lecture and hands on experience. Good group size; nice vehicle to student ratio slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 23:45
The course exceeded my expectations. Really would be awesome to offer this course in Northern Central and southern CA. The hands on practice is invaluable, great setup slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 23:45
Good course, interesting and thorough. I learned so much, gave me the tools to feel more confident. The RV Burn and the manifold test were awesome. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 23:44
This course combined a great mix of classroom and hands-on experience. Having burned cars physically present and watching ignition burns gave valuable insight to the burn process. slofist Admin @ 02-03-2015, 23:44
The unique value of the Locating the Dead training is the excellent training opportunity provided by SLOFIST, the Sheriff of San Luis Obispo County and his Search & Rescue team. This training allows that rare opportunity to train with large scent sources. A result is that more dog teams will be even more effective in finding the missing. slofist Admin @ 02-10-2015, 02:25
Most search dogs that are trained to find the deceased train on very small samples. The scent of a full-size body has the potential for overwhelming the dog in such a way that an indication of a find may not occur. The solution is to train, when possible, on a full body. slofist Admin @ 02-10-2015, 02:25
I have to commend SLOFIST and the San Luis Obispo Search & Rescue Team for the quality of the training exercise. The problems are well thought out, a large number of dog teams are able to participate, and the event runs efficiently. The respect for and the dignity of those who have allowed their remains to be used for the training is recognized and maintained throughout the day. slofist Admin @ 02-10-2015, 02:25
The search dog team with Santa Barbara County Search & Rescue has had the privilege of participating in all three of the Locating the Dead training days. On behalf of all of our SAR team members, I want to thank SLOFIST, SLO SAR, MERI and most of all, those who have donated their remains that allow such and event to take place. slofist Admin @ 02-10-2015, 02:25