NEXT CHAPTER MEETING
November 4-8, 2020
THE 2020 CONFERENCE HAS BEEN CANCELLED AND REFUNDS WERE MAILED OUT ON SEPTEMBER 15
CFI RECERTIFICATION ANNOUNCEMENT
The NC Fire & Rescue Commission has voted to place a moratorium on NC CFI recertification for approximately 2 years while the NC Certified Fire Investigator Board is updating the recertification process. The following is the language with the affected dates from the NC OSFM website:
A moratorium for the Certified Fire Investigator recertification has been put in place effective August 12, 2020. The moratorium will be in place through July 1, 2022. During this time the CFI Board will be working on updating the CFI recertification process. Certified Fire Investigator certifications with a due date during this time frame will still be active and in good standing. Once the new program is put into place Certified Fire Investigators will have five years to complete the new recertification requirements.
This means that for those NC CFIs with recertification dates between August 12, 2020 and July 1, 2022 there will be no need to submit a recertification application as your certification will be extended until July 1, 2022. OSFM is working to stop the automatic email notification for NC CFI recertification while this moratorium is in place.
The website with the above information can be reached at:
If you have any questions please contact Kim Williams, Division Chief, Deputy Commissioner, OSFM, 919.647.0089 office.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING DUES
We have been receiving reports of Issues with the membership renewals. We are experiencing some growing pains with the new software integration and are currently working through the issues and we ask that you please be patient while we sort out the problems. So If you have not received a notice of membership renewal, or if you have received a late notice of renewal. Please notify the following:
- President Virgil O’Neal at email@example.com
- 1st Vice President Kevin Oliver at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 2nd Vice President Wayne DeLancey at email@example.com
- Membership Director Tommy Batson at firstname.lastname@example.org
No late fees will be issued during this transition phase. - President O’Neal (Thanks you for your patience!)tact International Liaison Bill Marshall
Fire Investigator Health and Safety Best Practices
To the Chapter:
I hope all is well with you and your family during these most unique times. I wanted to share a document with the Chapter that was recently approved and released by the IAAI. The document is Fire Investigator Health and Safety Best Practices. It was released on May 4th, 2020, and is available in the IAAI’s member section. A copy of the document is also attached in a pdf. form for those not able to access the international site. This document is an excellent resource for anyone setting up a fire investigation unit, maintaining a unit, or anyone needing documentation for their chain-of-command supporting a training/equipment/personnel request. This document details specifics regarding employers, training, vehicles, and individual investigators as well as appendices with information on respiratory protection and decontamination. Also included in a Reference section at the end that lists the research documents noted in support of their findings which would also be valuable sources of information if needed. Be safe!
Darren A. Solomon
Senior Special Agent/Certified Fire Investigator
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
State Crime Lab Evidence Policy
SBI Response Areas and Contacts
OSFM Response Areas and Contacts
The four firefighter-EMTs were hired to help the department maintain consistent round-the-clock staffing
The employee said Timesha Beauchamp was breathing and her tongue was moving when she was found alive after being declared dead
The Pasadena firefighter was hospitalized after the incident during an apartment fire
School officials determined that the two students, both sons of first responders, were not politically motivated
Carrollton Fire Rescue Capt. Frazier Holbert died four days after suffering a stroke following an emergency call