To unite for mutual  benefit those public officials and private persons engaged in the control of arson and kindred crimes.

To provide for exchange of technical information and developments.

To cooperate with other law enforcement agencies and associations to further fire prevention and the suppression of crime.

To encourage high professional standards of conduct among members and to continually strive to eliminate all factors which interfere with administration of justice.  

I will conduct both my personal and official life so as to inspire the confidence of the public.

I will not use my profession and my position of trust for personal advantage or profit.

I will regard my fellow investigators with the same standards as I hold for myself.

I will never betray a confidence nor otherwise jeopardize their investigation

I will regard it my duty to know my work thoroughly.  It is my further duty to avail myself of every opportunity to learn more about my profession.

I will avoid alliances with those whose goals are inconsistent with an honest and unbiased investigation.

I will make no claim to professional qualifications which I do not possess.

I will share all publicity equally with my fellow investigators whether such publicity if favorable or unfavorable.

I will be loyal to my superiors, to my subordinates, and to the organization I represent.

I will bear in mind always that I am a truth-seeker not a case maker, that it is more important to protect the innocent than to convict the guilty.

Oregon I.A.A.I. - Chapter 31

International Association of Arson Investigators

Oregon IAAI Chapter 31 - 43rd Annual Training Seminar

  • Mon, September 19, 2022
  • 1:00 PM
  • Thu, September 22, 2022
  • 12:00 PM
  • Hallmark Resort, Newport, Oregon


  • Register by Sept. 6 to receive the early bird registration price.
  • Register by Sept. 6 to receive the early bird registration price.
  • Registration after Sept. 6
  • Registration after Sept. 6


Monday, September 19, 2022 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Fire Investigator Health and Safety: Saving Lives Through Best Practices

Instructor: Jeff Pauley,  MS-OSH,  IAAI-CFI and CI, MIFireE, Chairman, Health & Safety Committee

This presentation provides attendees with an understanding of the many health and safety hazards present in the post-fire environment to help identify where and when toxic gases, vapors, and particulates are present and the dangers of these substances, along with other hazards, pose. Attendees should then understand the need to use personal protective equipment in the post-fire environment, including proper respiratory protection.

Lunch & Dinner On Your Own 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Electrical Forensics

Instructor: Taylor Bendt, MS, PE Senior Electrical Engineer, Forensics/Jensen Hughes

This presentation will cover the following topics: 

  • Intro to EE
  • Electrical Investigations
  • Investigative Technologies
  • Electrical Appliances
  • Special Topics:
    • Cannabis Industry Fires
    • Utility Considerations

Lunch Provided/Breakfast & Dinner On Your Own 

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Challenges to Expert Qualifications, Methodology, & Opinions

During both criminal and civil litigation, an expert’s qualifications, methodology, and/or opinions may be challenged. The goal of the challenge is to exclude the expert and/or their opinions from trial. These challenges may occur at a Daubert or Frye hearing or some other motion to exclude the expert or their opinions/testimony. The consequences of the exclusion could impact the case and the expert’s viability in the future. Not surprisingly, counsel, experts, and Courts throughout the country are making such expert-challenges a hot topic in the industry. This interactive block of instruction examines the framework for which such expert-specific challenges arise in both public- and private-sector fire and explosion cases, litigators’ arguments to advance them, the public- and private-sector experts’ involvement in them, and the Courts’ analytical framework to resolve them. We will address all of the participants’ knowledge and application of the scientific method. 

Instructors: Trace Lawless and David Bridges

Lunch Provided/Breakfast & Dinner On Your Own 

Thursday, September 22, 2022 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

8:00-12:00 NFPA 921/1033 Updates

This presentation will address guidelines and standards of care applicable to public and private sector fire and explosion origin and cause investigations, including National Fire Protection Association (“NFPA”) 1033, Standard for the Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator (2021 Ed.), NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations (2022 Ed.), and their abilities or inabilities to meet those guidelines and standards of care. We will also take participants through a whole host of public- and private-sector case studies to illustrate the Court’s decisions to admit, exclude, or limit expert testimony following the challenges in fire and explosion matters.

Instructors: Trace Lawless and David Bridges

Breakfast & Lunch On Your Own 

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