Seminar Title

Online-Practical Aspects of Fire Fatality/Death Investigations

Dates of Events

12/21/2022 through 12/21/2022

Last Updated: 11/28/2022
Instructor(s): Steve Riggs
Course Registration Fee: $150
Instructor Bio
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Steve Riggs
Steve Riggs, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI & CFII Certified
State of Oklahoma (Retired)
Steve Riggs retired after twenty-two years of Law Enforcement, and Fire Service Experience in Oklahoma. Steve has been examining fire scenes for 40 years. Steve holds a Bachelors Degree in Emergency Management, and has extensive training in Fire Cause Determination, Criminal Investigation, Arson Investigation, Evidence Processing, Interviewing Techniques, and Case Management. He is a Certified Police and Fire Instructor and a Certified Fire Investigator Instructor. Mr. Riggs has successfully been involved in many Fire/Arson Prosecutions in Oklahoma and was involved in a Federal Prosecution. To date, he has never lost an Arson Case. Steve has authored and co-authored several fire training manuals and written “A Critical Analysis of NFPA 921 User’s Manual 2nd Edition”. Steve lectures nationally to Local, State, Federal Agencies, Insurance Companies, Private, and Military Investigators, Prosecutors, Vehicle Manufacture Represent-atives and their Engineers. Steve is on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Fire Investigators.
Course Objectives
Course Overview:
Date: December 21, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Who should attend? Fire investigators, first in company responders, law enforcement officers/detectives, States Attorney’s Office, or anyone directly involved in the response and investigation of these types of cases.
As investigators each of us may be assigned a fire fatality case involving a victim, or multiple victims. The California boat fire claimed thirty-four victims, multiple fatalities at the Alabama boat dock fire and in history we have witnessed large losses of life in hotel/resort fires.
These types of fires do not generally occur multiple times during a month or even a year depending on the size and occupancy of your jurisdiction.
Like any fire investigation, we must apply a proper methodology, ad a scientific methodology. The proper documentation, and additional resources necessary for the investigation must also be considered.
Every state or commonwealth will have various protocols for the investigations involving fire deaths//fatalities.
We will cover some best accepted practices, along with each of you may have defined protocols to follow during these types of investigations.
The one question that will remain unanswered until the investigation is complete will include, was this an accidental fire, incendiary fire, or other. There will be many interested parties or stakeholders who will be waiting for a determination. This could be a criminal case that may require a combination of investigation factors, possible charges being filed, or an accidental fire with civil litigation involving wrongful death litigation etc.
This webinar will cover aspects of documentation, packaging oof the descendant(s), working with the prosecutor, ADA, Solicitor, U.S. Attorney, private attorney’s etc.
The role of the medical examiner or coroner, the pathologist, and the final determination of the cause and manner of death.
Necessary documentation of the victim(s), types of precautions, the use of the fire fatality checklist, evidence collection if necessary and special circumstances large loss cases.
Each attendee will receive the updated fire death/fatality investigation forms, check sheet, critical tasks sheet etc.
Note* there will be a test at the end of the course so you can be provided with a tested certificate.
Group Viewing Encouraged: Pay 1 Registration Fee
·Multiple attendees can group view the training from one device only and each attendee will receive a certificate.
·ONLY the registered attendee will receive a link to join the training (Link will be sent 1-2 Days Prior to the Event)
Quiz & Certificates: Within 24 hours after the live broadcast the registered attendee will receive an email with:
·Quiz link that will need to be forwarded to each person in your group so they may print a certificate after completing the quiz. ·30 Days Access of the Recording (this link may be shared with with others in your department)
*** No Refunds After Class Link Has Been Sent***
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