PAAI JACK CHRISTMAS WEEKEND
RAMADA INN STATE COLLEGE PA JANUARY 27-28, 2018
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The PAAI Annual Jack Christmas Weekend Training will be held at the Ramada Inn in State College PA on January 27-28, 2018.
Seminar registration is $150/person
Early Bird Discount is $140 for applications postmarked by Dec 31, 2017.
Scholarships area available. Application on the Training Scholarship Page
This years topics and instructors are:
Forensic Applications of Fire Protection Systems (4 hours)
The lecture will cover the fundamentals of sprinklers and other suppression systems, smoke detection and fire alarms, with a focus on how the information gained from these types of systems can be used to assist with an origin and cause investigation. Common failure modes will also be discussed.
James Lord, PE/CFI, is a Senior Fire & Forensic Engineer with 17 years’ experience. He began his career as a fire fighter in Brewster, Massachusetts, before earning degrees in Mechanical and Fire Protection Engineering. Mr. Lord worked for 6 years as a Consulting Engineer in New York City and Washington DC specializing in egress simulation and computational fluid dynamics fire modeling, before transitioning to forensic fire work. Prior to joining JENSEN HUGHES, he spent 10 years investigating fires, performing forensic engineering analyses and serving as an expert witness for the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, participating in hundreds of investigations from small residential fires to large industrial fires and explosions. He is a member of the forensic litigation team in JENSEN HUGHES’ Rockville, MD office.
Overview of the Investigation of Fires Involving Lighting Fixtures (4 hours)
This program is oriented toward municipal and public fire investigators in order to familiarize them with the operation of various electric lighting sources that they may encounter at fire scenes. Incandescent lighting, fluorescent lighting, HID lighting, CFL lamps and LED lighting will be covered. Some examples of possible fire producing modes and failures of the various lighting sources will be discussed. The response of the materials used in the various lighting sources to fire heat will also be reviewed.
David Powell is the Principal of SYTEK Consultants in East Syracuse, New York. He is a nationally recognized expert in the analysis of fire damaged light fixtures and the evaluation of shocks and electrocutions involving lighting equipment.
He has testified as an expert in light fixtures, lamps and ballast failures in product liability, civil arson and criminal arson cases. He began his career 34 years ago doing experimental temperature and heat flow measurements during ballast and capacitor failures. He has participated in hundreds of light fixture, lamp, ballast, capacitor and thermal protector examinations around the United States and Canada. Dave is also involved in the analysis of metal halide lamp failures, compact fluorescent lamps, LED luminaires and neon signs.
Dave holds an AAS in Fire Protection Technology and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute.
He has been a frequent guest lecturer on the topic of light-fixture fires and on the Truck v. MagneTek “Pyrophoric Carbon” Daubert decision.
Dave is the author of “Fluorescent Lighting” published in Fire Findings and of “Preliminary Results of the Investigation into Self Actuation of Light Switches during Fire Exposure” published in the Fire Scene and a contributor to the lighting sections in NFPA 921.
Dave can be reached at SYTEK Consultants, 10 Adler Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057 and by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Avoiding Investigative Pitfalls and Conduct Unassailable Scene Investigations Involving CSST/HVAC Systems (3 hours)
This interactive presentation will include a summary of installation methodologies/failure scenarios of corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST). Participants will learn how to identify various CSST manufacturers after the fire. The HVAC portion of the presentation will assist fire investigators in conducting scene exams involving HVAC componentry. The presentation will evaluate various HVAC components, functionality and failure modes related to fires.
Michael Zazula is a mechanical engineering Consultant with IEI Consulting, Inc. . Mr. Zazula is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and has been providing engineering support and expert testimony for the legal and insurance industry for 15 years. He specializes in the investigation and analysis of vehicle fires, plumbing failures, and gas explosions in addition to fires involving HVAC equipment, boilers, industrial vehicles, and gas appliances. Mr. Zazula has performed over 1,000 investigations and has testified in numerous arbitrations, depositions and trials in the Mid-Atlantic region.
PAAI 2018 ANNUAL TRAINING SEMINAR, RAMADA INN STATE COLLEGE , PA
This years seminar is 3-days and will be held June 10-13, 2018
Topics and Registration will be posted here in the next month