Tuition is $895 per person.
Register early! This class is limited to the first 48 students.
Held on site at the Fire Findings laboratory testing facility - 2026 Plaza Drive, Benton Harbor, Michigan.
40 minutes from South Bend (Ind.) or Kalamazoo (Mich.) airports and 2 hours from Chicago airports.
St. Joseph/Benton Harbor is located along the southern shores of Lake Michigan - a gorgeous area to visit.
Investigation of Gas and Electric Appliance Fires is a hands-on learning experience conducted in the Fire Findings laboratory. You'll learn how appliances work, fail and cause fires, as well as how to examine them.
Optional CFI test credits and CEU credits available.
Jim Finneran and Jack Sanderson, experts in fire origin and cause, created this investigation course 28 years ago to satisfy the need for hands-on technical experience that can't be achieved in a traditional classroom setting. They developed the curriculum, wrote and illustrated the course notebook and designed and built more than 25 product-failure demonstrations.
During the four-day course, you'll test yourself by examining normal, failed and tampered-with components and appliances to gain practical experience for field examinations. You'll analyze actual case studies from your instructors' files and see how X-ray examinations provide an introduction to nondestructive testing.
Optional test credits toward CFI certification are also available along with continuing education credits.
Nathan P. Dwyer, is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and a certified fire investigator (CFI) specializing in electrical fire investigation and fire-involved appliance analysis. He has been a speaker at various regional seminars and International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) conferences. As an instructor, he is known for making complicated subjects easier to understand.
Jack L. Sanderson, Fire Findings’ founder and CFI, is a nationally recognized speaker, author and expert with more than 30 years of in-the-field experience. He specializes in appliance failures and product testing / analysis and has completed Honeywell, Whirlpool, Maycor and National Propane Association factory training. Dwyer and Sanderson also team up to present the widely acclaimed seminar, “Residential Electricity for Fire Investigators,” in our lab.
James M. Finneran, of Electrotek Consultants, Inc., specializes in electrical failures and fires and has been involved in several product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). He has testified in product failure fire cases throughout the United States and serves on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 921 Technical Committee on Fire Investigations.
Dwyer, Sanderson and Finneran have instructed thousands of investigators, attorneys and insurance representatives. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF), the CPSC and numerous state chapters of the IAAI have called on them to present training sessions.
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Gas appliance instruction schedule includes:
Electric appliance instruction schedule includes:
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While you're visiting along the Lake Michigan shoreline...
The Southwestern Michigan Tourist Council has a visitor information packet just for Fire Findings’ seminar participants. To get yours,
call (269) 925-6301.
We recommend Comfort Suites, of Stevensville, Michigan, for your hotel accommodations.
Comfort Suites is about 10 minutes from the lab and your stay includes a free hot breakfast, wireless internet, microwave ovens and refrigerators in every room, fitness center and indoor pool.
For $84 per night, choose from queen or king suites (excludes tax).
To reserve this special rate online, we'll email you a link with your seminar registration confirmation, or call Comfort Suites directly at (269) 428-4888. Mention you're with Fire Findings.
Comfort Suites is located at 2633 W. Marquette Woods Road, Stevensville, Michigan.
Hotel reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis at this special rate. Don't wait too long to make your reservation after you've been confirmed for the seminar session of your choice.
IMPORTANT: Check conference availability before making your hotel, automobile or flight reservations. Please call us at 269-925-2200 during regular business hours to confirm seminar openings.
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