The International Association of Arson Investigators Board of Directors traveled to London to attend an IAAI-UK, Annual training conference and to complete their midyear board business under President David Nichols. The IAAI continues to grow its truly worldwide network and training. This was obvious at the IAAI-UK ATC with guests from England, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain, Finland, Bulgaria and the U.S. At the event, Bulgaria joined the IAAI as the latest chapter following Korea.
At the training conference held at the London Fire Brigade’s Training Center, topics included, a discussion about "truth, fact and opinions" in fire investigation, "possible spoliation & forensics," "fire investigation in extreme conditions," the "Mizpah Fatal Hotel Fire," and lessons on how buildings and their occupants respond to fires.
At the IAAI Board meeting, the leadership discussed proposals from its committees and members relating to new and improved member services, training both live and online; the upcoming election and new certifications and designations for fire investigators to continue to further enhance investigators’ credibility and ammunition and resources.
When asked about the cost of additional travel, President Dave Nichols had this to say, "Going to London was a concern from a budget perspective, so we sought additional funding sources. We received a sizeable donation from a corporation, a grant from the IAAI Foundation, and each officer and director voluntarily contributed $200 toward the travel cost. We were true ambassadors for our country and our association. Our future growth will take place outside of the North American continent. With the addition of the Bulgaria Chapter, we now have 74 chapters and our membership continues to grow."
Peter Mansi, President of the UK chapter welcomes board members and
leads tour of the London Fire Brigade Training facility.