Welcome to the UK-AFI website



Welcome to the website of the UK Association of Fire Investigators (IAAI) UK Chapter. This website has been created as a tool for members and non-members alike. UK-AFI members can also find additional resources by logging in via "Member Navigation".

The main objectives of the UK-AFI are: The preservation of life and property and prevention of crime for the public benefit, in particular by: 
  1. Developing and maintaining good practice in the investigation of fire and arson by ensuring the highest professional standards of competence; 
  2. Developing technical knowledge in fire and arson investigation techniques and procedures and making that knowledge available to professionals, service providers and the public.


2015 Annual Training Conference & AGM

To be held on: Monday, 26 January, 2015 - 08:30 to 16:45 University of London Union, Malet St., London WC1E 7HY

The theme of this years annual training conference is “FAKES” an examination of the risks of fire posed by counterfeit products 

Full details can be found in the Seminars link

Fire & Explosion Investigation - Code of Practice

Update (26 August 2014): 

Dear colleagues, There has had a considerable response to the public consultation of the proposed Code of Practice for Fire and Explosion Investigation and in order to be as inclusive as possible for the fire investigation community we have been asked to extend the consultation deadline which we are happy to do.  The new, and final, deadline for comments will now be 12th September 2014

The draft Code of Practice for the investigation of fires and explosions within the Criminal Justice System in the UK is now available on the UK-AFI website for you to examine and submit your comments.

The documents for this consultation are also being made available by other organisations including the IFE, CSFS and CFOA to ensure that the wider fire investigation community are aware of this process and have the opportunity to comment.

Please download the two documents (draft Code of Practice and Consultation Instructions) from the UK-AFI website and submit your comments, as instructed, by the due date.

All comments will be responded to and will be published (anonymously) on the UK-AFI website upon completion of the exercise.

This is your opportunity to contribute to the process and have your voice heard regarding your profession.

Kind regards,

John Galvin.

President. UK-AFI.

DOCUMENT DOWNLOAD Consultation FICOP instructions 1.2 MB pdf

DOCUMENT DOWNLOAD FICOP Draft for Consultation 488 KB pdf

Australian Institute of Forensic Fire Investigation 

The Australian Institute of Forensic Fire Investigation Pty Ltd (AIFFI) is an Australian company owned and managed by Kate Grimwood and Sonia Scott with a background in Fire Investigation, Forensic Science, Chemistry and Business Management.

AIFFI was formed to help grow and improve services available to Fire Investigators when determining origin and cause for structural and wildfires. AIFFI is currently developing the Incendiary Device Database (IDD) for the Fire Investigation Industry, to chronicle incendiary devices found during the processing of fire scenes. The IDD will also include the results of independent research surrounding incendiary devices.

To contribute to the IDD, please go to the AIFFI website

The AIFFI poster presented at the IAAI-ITC in Las Vegas is available for members to download in the Member Navigation

New link to East Sussex 'Black Museum' website.

The Community Fire Safety Department of East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service have published a website that highlights the dangers of real life fires click here 'Black Museum' or see the link in our Useful Links.

UK-AFI Board Election results.

The board election results were announced at the UK-AFI AGM on Monday 27 January 2014, the results are.

1st Vice President: Nick Carey

2nd Vice President: Mike Flanagan

Board of directors:  Gary Asquith, Mark Watson, Deon Webber

Developing coordinated approaches to investigating and preventing fires report.

This programme was funded by the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, and ran 
from December 2011 to February 2012. The programme team members were: 
• Prof.  Niamh  NicDaeid,  Professor  of  Forensic  Science,  Centre  for  Forensic 
Science, University of Strathclyde 
• Prof.  Sue  Black,  Professor  of  Anatomy  and  Forensic  Anthropology, Dundee 
• Mr Gary Holcroft, Head  of  Physical Sciences, Scottish  Police Services Authority 
Forensic Services
See link to the report


UK-AFI Accounts

The 2012 accounts summary for 2012 our now available to download UK-AFI Accounts 2012.

Email to active UK AFI Members: Subscription Confirmed

Members will have been receiving emails from Peter Mansi about confirming their subscription recently.  This is not a scam, we are updating our contact lists and database and aligning those with our email system.  The email system we use to contact all members is Mailchimp and it requires us to ask your permission to add you to our email subsciber list, hence the latest batch of emails.

If member choose not subscribe they will not receive any future 'All Member' emails, we see no other way around this.

If you have any questions please contact Chris Clarke at chris.clarke@uk-afi.org 

Remote Data Backup - Special Offer for UK-AFI Members

Remote Data Backup (also known as Cloud Backup) is a service which replicates important business data off-site and is aimed to protect business continuity in the event of data loss.

UK-AFI is proud to announce that members can now receive preferential pricing on a Remote Data Backup service from PCM, a Leeds based IT company.

The service is secure, flexible and fully managed by a team of technical engineers who are always on hand to help via telephone or e-mail.

The cost for UK-AFI members is £25 per month for 250GB of secure storage, or £45 per month for 500GB (prices exclude VAT).

Please click the link below to find out more information and sign up, quoting your UK-AFI username:


A dedicated forum is now available in the 'Member Navigation' section 

An on-line forum has been created for members once they log in. This allows members to post informtation or questions on a variety of topics. 

Product Recall database

The Product Recalls section has been updated with the new website (January 2013). It allows the fire investigation community and public to search a database of over 500 UK product recalls dating back to 1985.