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Court training for fire investigators
CFA fire investigators had the opportunity to attend a training day on the topic of 'Collection to Court for Fire Investigators'. This training day was held on Saturday 15 October 2016 at the Victoria Police Academy in Glen Waverley.
This was the latest professional development training session organised by the Victorian Association of Fire Investigators (VAFI).
Twenty CFA fire investigators from across the state attended this training day, along with personnel from the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Victoria Police Arson & Explosives Squad, Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) and representatives from the Insurance Industry.
Fire investigators are often called as witnesses at court cases to present their findings into what they have determined the origin and cause of the fire that they have investigated. Fire investigators have been called as witnesses in a Court of Law in a civil, criminal and/or coronial cases.
The training day covered the theory associated with the Australian Legal System, types of evidence, types of legal proceedings and giving evidence in a Court of Law.
To reinforce the learnings moot court hearings were held in a court room setting with barristers and a judge presiding over the cases that were presented.
Overall the training day was well received by the fire investigators who attended and provided an opportunity to obtain further specialised training relating to presenting evidence in a Court of Law.
State Fire Investigation Coordinator Nicole Harvey