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The purpose of this FISC Bulletin Board is to share information about the vetting process for scientific literature, known as foundational literature or foundational research, which provides the scientific foundation for each forensic discipline. The article begins by summarizing the concerns expressed in the 2009 NRC/NAS Report about the need for each forensic discipline to identify its foundational literature, and then introduces the NRC/NAS Report’s “Foundational Research Recommendation.” Next, it summarizes activities of various organizations that are relevant to implementing the Foundational Research Recommendation. The status of fire investigations as one of the forensic science disciplines to which this Recommendation applies is also evaluated. The activities of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) and the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) relating to foundational research are explored. And finally, the status of NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033 as foundational research are considered, together with litigation implications of the issues raised in this article.
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This FISC Bulletin Board compiles clips of recent events concerning consensus-based fire investigation standards and guidelines. These Fast Facts cover news about NFPA 921, NFPA 1033, the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS), and the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC). It also describes developments in fire investigation policy from an organization representing all fire services throughout the states of Australia and New Zealand: the Australasian Fire Authorities Counsel (AFAC).
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This FISC Bulletin Board first introduces the 2017 edition of NFPA 921. Next, it briefly reviews the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC), it’s Registry of approved standards and guidelines, and considers the implications of the approval of NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033 for the OSAC Registry.
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This FISC Bulletin Board highlights the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) standards identified in NFPA 921, 2008 edition. Readers should refer to the most recent edition of NFPA 921 for more recent editions of the relevant standards. Although readers need to update this article, it provides some good background information about the ABYC and its history.
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This FISC Bulletin Board summarizes the needs as well as the gaps in foundational research for the fire investigation field. These analyses of the research needs were published by: 1) The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fire Investigation Working Group, in its 2017 Report, “Forensic Science Assessments A Quality and Gap Analysis – Fire Investigation & Annotated Bibliography,” and; 2) The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Subcommittee on Fire and Explosion Investigation, it two “Needs Assessments” published in 2016.
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The purpose of this column is to share information about the vetting process for scientific literature, known as foundational literature, which provides the scientific foundation for each forensic discipline. If we were to create a list of scientific literature for the field of fire investigations that could qualify as foundational, industry standards such as those published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)2 and ASTM International3 would feature prominently.
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This FISC bulletin board compiles clips of recent events concerning consensus-based fire investigation standards and guidelines. These fast facts: news about NFPA 921, and NFPA 1033, the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS), and the Organization of Scientific Area Committees.
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One of the most significant events increasing the importance of industry standards occurred in 2009 when the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences published its report, “Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward” (the NAS/NRC Report). This FISC Bulletin Board first summarizes the recommendations of the NRC/NAS Report most relevant to fire investigators. It then describes the efforts of two US federal government-sponsored organizations to implement these recommendations: The National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS), and The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).
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This FISC Bulletin Board, written in 2005 by FISC member, Ross Brogan, who was at the time an Inspector with the New South Wales Fire Brigades, Australia, concerns the approach to fire investigation standards, qualifications, and training employed in Australia and New Zealand.
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One of the most significant events increasing the importance of industry standards occurred in 2009 when the National Research Council of the National Academy of sciences published its report, strengthening forensic science in the United States: a path forward.
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This table marks historic milestones relating to the interrelationship of NFPA 921, NFPA 1033, and litigation.
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This is the first FISC Bulletin Board introducing the 2009 NRC/NAS Report, “Strengthening Forensic Science United States: A Path Forward.” Further, it details the issues assigned to the White House Interagency Working Groups (IWGs) who were the first organizations to begin implementing the Report. Finally, it identifies one of the first case decisions citing the NRC/NAS Report in a postconviction relief case involving an arson conviction.
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SP Fire Research is active in research, Fire Safety Engineering, support to national and international legislation, off-shore safety, risk analysis, testing, certification, inspection and so on. This issue contains articles on Battery Systems, Fire testing of materials and Fire Investigation Methodology.
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This article is the result of over 20 years of research by the authors into the use of NFPA 921 in court, summarizing the number of cases mentioning NFPA 921 in the US and Canada, the jurisdictions in which NFPA 921 has been referenced, and the broad categories of issues in which NFPA 921 has been raised.
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This article describes the experience of one of the IAAI Fire Investigation Standards Committee (FISC) members who was involved in a New York state case involving NFPA 921. Many interesting lessons are shared concerning the use of NFPA 921 in court.
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This FISC Bulletin Board is the first in a four-part series that provide the reader with resources to be able to gain and to articulate the requisite knowledge “beyond a high school level” of the NFPA 1033 “List of 16” in sub-para. 1.3.7. This part deals with the first four of the List of 16, covering the following topics: 1) Fire Science, 2) Fire Chemistry, 3) Thermodynamics, and; 4) Thermometry.
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Two notable developments have occurred in the codes and standards field since late 2016. First, the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) has added NFPA 921 to the OSAC Registry of approved standards and guidelines. Second, the NFPA has issued the 2017 edition of NFPA 921. This column starts with the second development, introducing NFPA 921, 2017 edition.
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Updating an earlier FISC Bulletin Board, this article addresses the standards, guidelines, and regulations that apply to occupational safety and health standards for fire and explosion investigators. While readers will need to remember to update the information in this article from 2009, it still offers a good overview of safety issues for investigators and the regulations and resources that were available as of 2009. Note that there have been changes to the NFPA 921 Safety Chapter, as well as to safety standards, guidelines, and regulations, since this article was published.
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As a result of revisions to the 2014 editions of NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033, together with initiatives arising from the NRC/NAS Report, this article predicts that more weight will be given to industry standards for fire investigators. These standards include NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033, as well as standards issued by ASTM International. This article is divided into 2 parts. Part I begins with a brief refresher on the significance of authoritative documents such as industry standards for fire experts involved in litigation. It also explains how NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921 highlight ASTM standards relevant for fire investigators. Part II familiarizes the reader with ASTM International and its standards. It provides an overview of some of the most prominent ASTM standards from a fire investigator’s viewpoint.
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This table lists some of the leading organizations whose standards and guidelines are relevant to fire investigation and litigation. It provides a starting point to search the websites of these organizations in order to learn their roles in the standards-making world and to identify standards and guidelines that might be germane to a fire investigator’s career or to a given investigation.
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The Bomb Arson Tracking System (BATS) is a Web-based computerized case management system for law enforcement and public safety agencies. The purpose of BATS is to collect data and to provide investigators with analytical products to assist in the investigation of crimes related to the criminal misuse of explosives and acts of arson. This FISC Bulletin Board introduces BATS and explains the way it can aid fire investigators.
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This FISC Bulletin Board introduces the universal accreditation initiative, prepared by the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS). This initiative was prepared by the NCFS as a step towards implementing one of the recommendations in the NRC/NAS Report. It recommends mandatory universal accreditation of all public and private organizations providing forensic science services for “criminal, civil, regulatory, or administrative proceedings.” The definition of the forensic science service providers affected by the recommendation specifically includes fire investigation services providers, public and private. At the time this article was written, the universal accreditation recommendation was in draft form. The NCFS finalized this document and in 2015 issued it as a Policy Recommendation of the NCFS.
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After providing a synopsis of the work in progress on the 2017 edition of NFPA 921, this FISC Bulletin Board introduces the inaugural edition of a NFPA standard that took effect in June 2015: NFPA 1730 Standard on Organization and Deployment of Fire Prevention Inspection and Code Enforcement, Plan Review, Investigation, and Public Education Operations, 2016 ed.. This standard addresses the organization and deployment of fire prevention services, including fire investigations in a “fire prevention organization,” typically a public fire department.
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