National Center for Forensic Science

Advanced Fire Debris Analysis

Dates:
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January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018 (Continuous enrollment)

Course Title:
Advanced Fire Debris Analysis
Course Description:

This course was designed by subject matter experts (SMEs) for professional crime laboratory analysts and technicians who have received prior basic fire debris analysis training.  The course is comprised of lessons on the subjects of fire dynamics, interfering products, degradation of ignitable liquids, and analysis of less common ignitable liquids.  The lessons also include data analysis of ignitable liquid residues from fire debris, emerging methods of data analysis, and quality assurance/quality control procedures.  The material in the lessons is varied in format with text, figures, animation, and film that explain and demonstrate basic principles and procedures.  An instructor will be available to answer questions and promote discussion of particular topics.  Exercises and quizzes are at the end of each lesson to reinforce comprehension and retention of the lesson concepts.   By the end of the course the student will have a general knowledge of fire dynamics and the processes that interfere with interpretation and identification of ignitable liquid residues.  The analyst will learn how to analyze ignitable liquid residues that are complicated by these processes and learn about new emerging methods of data analysis.

CEU:

Students must pass all quizzes, complete all course sections, and score a 70% or higher on the practical exam to successfully complete this course.

Two (2) continuing education units (CEU) given upon successful completion of this course.

Instructor:

Carl Chasteen, Director, Bureau of Forensic Fire and Explosion Analysis, Florida Fire Marshal’s Office

Prerequisites:
Students must have a completed the NCFS basic fire debris analysis course or an equivalent course.

Students must be practicing in the field of Fire Debris Analysis.

Location and Duration:
This is a six week course offered through the Web.
Technical Requirements:
To take this online course, you must have access to a computer with an Internet connection and an email account. A broadband Internet connection is preferred. You must be able to download zipped GC-MS data files and a spectral library from the course website. You will need Chemstation or AMDIS to use the library and analyze the data files for lesson exercises.

Students must have access to and permission for the use of laboratory instrumentation (GC-MS) for this course.  There is a practical exam.

Recommended minimum browser: recent Google Chrome, recent Mozilla Firefox, Safari 6, Internet Explorer 9.Recommended plug-ins: Adobe Reader, Quicktime, Windows Media Player (PC).

Costs:
$500.00 Refunds will be issued only in extreme cases and considered on a case by case basis.
Registration:
Registration is not yet open.

Please note:  Payment in full must be received before course access will be granted.  To pay by check, please call UCF’s Continuing Education department at 407-882-0260.  Credit card payment may be made online.

For general inquiries and registration questions contact Erika Remley at (407) 823-0842 or ncfsclasshelp@ucf.edu.