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:
Fire risks prompt tumble dryer recall
A "significant' number of tumble dryers sold in the last 11 years in the UK may need a repair owing to fears about fires.
Owners of large air-vented dryers and condensing dryers under the Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda brands may need to have them fixed.
Indesit said that excess fluff could catch the heating element in the machine and cause a fire. It is recalling many dryers bought between April 2004 and October 2015.
The company said that the tumble dryers could still be used but should not if they were left unattended. It is asking owners to check whether their machine is one of those affected and, if so, to contact the company through its dedicated website.
Autumn 2015 Newsletter
The UK-AFI Newsletter, Autumn 2015 can now be found in the members section, Downloads.
2016 Two-Day Annual Training Conference
Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 January 2016 at the Hotel Russell, 1-8 Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE
This is a two-day event with the IAAI International Board of Directors attending. Many of the speakers will be from the USA. There will also be speakers from Australia, Finland and the UK who will be presenting case studies and research projects.
Click here to download the programme. The programme includes costs and booking details (PDF 3.4Mb)
The UK-AFI are launching a photographic competition following the successful competition last year. Please see the link below to the submissions website which has been kindly hosted by Mediafiler.
There are three categories of images:
Examiner at work,
Close up and Forensic
Closing date is: Sunday 17 January 2016, 12 midnight. The link to submit your images is: http://iaai.mediafiler.net/iaai/start/index
Update on 18/11/2015 - as Mediafiler are kindly hosting the image upload website, you will need to register with their site to log in. Please do not attempt to use your UK-AFI log in details.
Final Fire Investigation Protocol & Comments
We are delighted to present the final post consultation draft of the Protocol for fire scene investigation which will link to the Forensic Science Regulators code of conduct. The previous consultation was hugely successful and provided over 45 pages of comments all of which have been addressed and the responses to these are also available here. The team are inordinately grateful for the level of engagement from across the fire investigation community where all quarters of the community were represented and had their voice heard. As a consequence of this very positive and cross sectorial engagement the protocol has been significantly modified and improved.
Because of the level of modification we would like to open the document again for comments on matters that have not already been addressed. Once this has occurred we will work directly with the Forensic Science Regulators office to prepare the final document which will carry her endorsement. Please send any comments by the 13th MARCH
directly to Professor Niamh Nic Daeid at the University of Dundee at email@example.com
Minutes and accounts for the 2015 AGM
The minutes for the 2015 UK-AFI AGM are now available to download by clicking on the link 2015 AGM Minutes pdf 295 Kb. The accounts for 2014 are also available to download 2014 Accounts pdf 66 Kb.
The results of the online survey in regards to the UK-AFI becoming the Professional Body for Fire Investigators in the UK can be downloaded here Professional Body Vote pdf 27KB
Chance to win a Indian motorcycle...Announcement from IAAI Foundation
Funding training, scholarships, research and resources for fire investigation professionals is a big task of which the IAAI Foundation plays a part. We are pleased to announce a raffle that the winner will receive an Indian Chief Dark Horse Motor Cycle (with cash option if you don't want the motorcycle). Additional information and rules are posted and you don't have to be an IAAI member to win. Your financial support is appreciated and good luck!
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.
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
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.