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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.


2016 Two-Day Annual Training Conference

To be held on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 January 2016 at the Hotel Russell, 1-8 Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE

Save the date in your diaries. This is a two day event with the International Board of Directors attending.  Many of the speakers will be from the USA presenting case studies and research projects. Click here to download the programme.

2016 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! 


 2015 Summer Training Conference

Some of the presentations given at our Summer Training Conference are now available to members to download.

Vist the Download page and click on Presentations or follow this LINK

Final Fire Investigation Protocol & Comments

"Dear Members
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 n.nicdaeid@dundee.ac.uk"
Consultation Comments pdf 519 KB

FICOP Post Consultation Draft pdf 538 KB
Thanks folks

2015 IAAI International Training Conference Chicago May 17-22

The IAAI International Training Conference in Chicago was a resounding success, with approximately 600 attendees. As Peter Mansi becomes the IAAI Immediate Past President, our good friend and UK-AFI supporter, Dan Heenan (Special Agent ATF) becomes the new IAAI President. We recommend that you put 24 to 29 April 2016 in your diaries for next year's IAAI ITC in Orlando, Florida.


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

Fire & Explosion Investigation - Protocol (previously titled "Code of Practice")

Update (15 February 2015): 

Following the Fire & Explosion Protocol (previously known as the "Code of Practice") update which was presented to the attendees at the 2015 UK-AFI AGM in London on Monday 26th January 2015, an Adobe Acrobat file has been uploaded to the downloads section of this website.  The PDF document briefly outlines the progress of the consultation process to date and it details the members of the working group.  A second four week consultation process is planned to commence at the end of February 2015.

Please use this link to download the PDF update file (PDF - 224kb)

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

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 
Forensic Services
See link to the report

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.