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Training on the analysis of fire scene evidence
CFA Fire Investigators had the opportunity to attend the latest Victorian Association of Fire Investigators (VAFI) training session which was held on Wednesday 22 March 2017.
This latest professional development opportunity was conducted at the Victoria Police Forensic Services Department with the theme of the training session was 'Sample collection from fire scenes and analysis'.
Over 45 CFA Fire Investigators from across the State attended this training session. Personnel from the Victoria Police Arson & Explosives Squad, Forensic Services, Forest Fire Management Victoria, Metropolitan Fire Brigade, Energy Safe Victoria and representatives from the Insurance Industry also attended.
The Arson Chemists from the Forensic Services - Fire & Explosion Unit provided an overview on:
- Role of the Arson Chemists in fire investigation
- Sample collection processes
- Analysis and identification of fire scene samples
- Equipment utilised in the analysis of the samples
- Scene safety considerations when collecting samples
A tour of the Fire & Explosion Unit was also undertaken so that participants were able to observe the equipment utilised in the analysis of fire scene samples collected from scenes.
State Fire Investigation Coordinator Nicole Harvey