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LAFD Hosts Arson Investigators Conference

on March 13, 2018 - 7:30am

International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) officials at their conference in Los Alamos Feb. 28- March 2, from right, Los Alamos Fire Department Senior Life & Safety Coordinator Stephen Rinaldi, IAAI Director Jim Kanavy and New Mexico IAAI President Clay Bailey. Rinaldi is also a board member of the New Mexico Chapter. Courtesy photo

IAAI conference members view the results of an explosion inside a small structure for demonstration purposes during IAAI conference activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-49 area. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Fire Department hosted the 2018 Annual Conference for the New Mexico Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Feb. 28 to March 2 at LAFD Station 3 in White Rock.

Public and private fire investigators from across the state received instruction on such topics as wildland fire investigation, forensic auditing, RV and large equipment fires, explosive devices and clandestine labs, fire detection and suppression as well as liquid propane and natural gas explosion investigations.

Fifteen members of the LAFD Fire Investigation team attended the conference along with 40 other New Mexico fire investigators from Farmington, Roswell, Belen, Zuni Pueblo and Las Cruces.

Jim Kanavy, a member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Arson Investigators traveled from Kentucky to meet with the New Mexico Chapter members.

Social events during the conference included a barbecue social and a banquet at Fuller Lodge.

The IAAI has a membership of more than 9,000 fire investigators who are committed to suppressing the crime of arson through professional fire investigation. The organization is a global resource for those working in and associated with the fire, arson and explosion investigation profession with respect to fire safety and prevention; arson investigation, determination and prosecution as well as fire loss claims and litigation.

Participants in the IAAI conference hosted by Los Alamos Fire Department gather following an explosion inside a small structure for training purposes. Courtesy photo

IAAI conference participants attend training by Clay Bailey, New Mexico Construction Industries bureau chief for LP gas explains investigations of gas explosions. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes receives a plaque of appreciation on behalf of LAFD from Clay Bailey of the International Association of Arson Investigators. LAFD hosted the conference which drew 55 participants. Courtesy photo