PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE FALL 2016
I cannot believe how fast the summer went and now fall is in the air. It seems like just last week we were gathered in State College for our Annual Seminar but soon Thanksgiving will be upon us. Time moves way too fast sometimes!
I hope you all will join us in State College on January 21-22, 2017 for PAAI’s Jack Christmas Weekend. Dustin Shireman has worked feverishly to develop a great educational weekend for us. Cross your fingers though we do not have a repeat of last year’s weather! The registration form can be found inside this publication, so register today!
At the time of me writing this message, we still are in need of nominations for 2nd Vice President and three (3) Board positions. This is a perfect time for you to become more involved with our great organization! If you have interest in serving, please contact the Nomination Committee Chair Jim Brady. I would love to see new faces on the Board!
Recently, the IAAI held a quarterly conference call with Chapter Presidents which I was able to participate in. IAAI is trying to become more involved with all the Chapters and build a better working relationship. I was proud to hear during the call that in the early stages of 2017, Pennsylvania will be hosting the revised 40 hour Fundamentals of Fire Investigation course. This will be the first offering of the course since its revision. I take pride in the fact we were recognized in “stepping up to the plate” in offering to host the class and solidifies our mission of promoting the importance of education in the science of fire investigations.
I know one thing I am not very good at as far as keeping it updated and that is our Facebook page. If you are on Facebook and would like to “volunteer” to be an Administrator for our page and get it more active, please let me know. We also have a page on LinkedIn and of course our website, www.paai.org. I encourage everyone to visit these social media outlets to keep abreast of current PAAI happenings as well as future training announcements.
Even though fall as just started at the time of my writing this message, before we know the holiday season will be upon us. And since there will be no other publication in 2016, on behalf of the Executive Officers and Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Association of Arson Investigators, I extend to each of you a joyous holiday season and glorious New Year!
Kraig E. Herman, IAAI-CFI
President - Pennsylvania Association of Arson Investigators