Upcoming Training 


LOCATION: Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute
4500 Campus Drive, College Park, Maryland 20740
DATE/TIME: December 8, 2022, at 8:30 am

The Maryland Fire and Explosive Investigator’s Association (MFEIA) is pleased to
announce this tested training day. Nationally renowned speakers David E. Bridges,
Esq., IAAI-CFI®, IAAI-CI®, and Trace L. Lawless, IAAI-CFI®, IAAI-ECT®, will
examine the framework for which such expert-specific challenges arise in both public and private-sector fire and explosion cases, litigators’ arguments to advance them, the
public- and private-sector experts’ involvement in them, and the Courts’ analytical
framework to resolve them. ATF Electrical Engineer Michael G. Abraham will present
various aspects of considering lithium batteries during a fire and explosion
Lunch will be provided by MFEIA. A brief association meeting will be held after lunch.
Cost of the Training
MFEIA Members: $30
Non-MFEIA Members: $35
Become a member or register for this training online at
Please contact with any questions or concerns


Central/South Regions

The New Jersey Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (NJIAAI) is holding a BASIC FIRE INVESTIGATION COURSE in the South/Central Region in the daytime.  Classes will be held at the Burlington County Emergency Services Training Center (53 Academy Drive, Westampton, New Jersey 08060) and will commence on Monday, February 6, 2023.  The classes will run consecutive days (Monday through Friday) from 8:30AM to 4:30PM until Friday, February 17, 2023.  The course will cover the relevant investigative disciplines by incorporating nationally recognized standards, reference materials, and guidelines in the course curriculum.  The course fee is $895.00 per person and includes a one-year membership in the IAAI and New Jersey Chapter and a promo code (discount) for any future NJIAAI General Meeting and Training Conference (contingent upon completion of the course).  If you are interested please go to the following website:*Class size is limited to 35 students


At the website, TO REGISTER, go to the “Attendee Registration” tab and add the first attendee and then after hitting “Save and Preview” you will be able to add the second attendee, third attendee, etc. if you want.  Once complete, then proceed to the “Cart/Checkout” tab.


At the “Cart/Checkout” tab, TO PAY:

  • To pay by PayPal/Credit Card, follow the directions to pay via PayPal/Credit Card.  Once complete, an email confirmation will be sent via email.
  • To pay by Purchase Order, click on “Invoice Me” and an email confirmation will be sent via email that states, “Unpaid”.  Once the Purchase Order is received, scan it and the email confirmation and send both via email to
  • To pay by Business/Personal Check, click on “Invoice Me” and an email confirmation will be sent via email that states, “Unpaid”.  Once received, send a copy of the email confirmation and check to the “NJIAAI” via mail to the following address: NJIAAI, P.O. Box 349, Deepwater, NJ 08023.

Any questions, comments or problems please feel free to contact us at



3-Day Motor Vehicle Fire Investigation Course

The New Jersey Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (NJIAAI) constantly strives to serve our members with the best possible fire investigation training, information, and networking opportunities. This is a 3-day, NJIAAI Motor Vehicle Fire Investigation Course consisting of 24 hours tested instruction in determining origin and cause of motor vehicle fires.  Included in this course will be a live demonstration of vehicle fire utilizing the team concept. Attendees will “dig” an investigation of a vehicle fire scenario and construct a report to present their findings to the class. Based on Chapter 26 of NFPA 921, topics will include: vehicle investigation safety, fuel packages, ignition sources, and vehicle systems and identification. 


The course will be held at the Middlesex County Fire Academy from Wednesday, February 22, 2023 through Friday, February 24, 2023. A class schedule will be provided the first day of class.


The course fee is $450.00 for Members (IAAI or NJIAAI Chapter) and $550.00 for Non-Members.

*A light breakfast and lunch will be provided each day*


*Class size is limited to 40 attendees


*Payments must be received no later than the end of business on Wednesday, February 8, 2023 and students may pay by PayPal/Credit Card, Purchase Order or Business/Personal Check. FOR FURTHER DETAILS PLEASE SEE THE “REGISTRATION/PAYMENT OPTIONS” TAB.



Online Training Opportunities


CFI Trainer

CFITrainer.Net is the online resource for training fire investigators at all levels. The broad-based training modules assist fire investigators in meeting the topical areas contained in NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators. 

CFI Trainer


DCARI Training Series

Training series through Dane County Arson Response Initiative (DCARI).  Through a partnership, these videos that provide fire investigation training are provided free to our members.  Please visit the below link and fill out your information after viewing and testing for credit hours.

DCARI Tested Training CEU’s Series



Training Coordinator

Barry M. Grimm
Training & Education Chairman

Regional Training Committee Members

North Training

Central Training

South Training

Steve Schaffer


New Jersey Chapter Members

The NJIAAI Board Members and Training Committee would like to acknowledge the following members that have achieved the difficult designation and certification as an IAAI-Certified Fire Investigator.  The IAAI-CFI® qualification is a standardized evaluation of a fire investigator’s training and expertise. Investigators applying for IAAI-CFI® certification must complete an extensive application requiring documentation, earn sufficient points for their achievements in education, training, and experience, and pass a comprehensive examination.  For their achievement in the many hours needed and personal time sacrificed, we would like to recognize the following chapter members.

Augustine Tackacs
Carl Bittenbender
Carl Dolente
Chris Pujat
Daniel Pacewicz Jr
David Kircher
David Meisberger
David Wallace
Douglas Rowell
Eugene Wellington
Frank Poerio
Gary Wasko
George Wendt
G. Daniel Williams
Gerard Piotrowicz
Gerard Trimboli
Jesse Lampf
John Lightbody
Joseph Macones
Joseph Kotora
Julio Posse
Kenneth Kandrac
Kevin Austin
Lou Legregin
Michael Scardino
Mohammad Hatefi
Patrick Earley
Paul Boerner
Richard Wolfson
Robert Carr
Robert Disbrow
Rodman Meyer
Ryan Pierson
Thomas Shemeley
Vincent Knott
Walter Nugent
William Rieger
William Schleck