Georgia Fire Investigator's Association, Inc.


2017 GFIA – Hands on Training Seminar 

Georgia Fire Investigator Association Spring Seminar, in conjunction with the Henry County Fire Department, presents the Spring Seminar

March 21 – March 24, 2017 
Location: Heritage Event Center 
Lake Dow Road, McDonough, Georgia 

Host Hotel: Fairfield Inn & Suites 
30 Mill Road 
McDonough, GA 30253 
Phone: 770-305-0180

A room block is guaranteed until February 26, 2017 with a rate of $91.00 plus tax 

P.O.S.T. & Firefighter Standards training credits pending with test available through at the completion of the seminar

Cost is $50.00 for GFIA members and $75.00 for non-members

You can join the GFIA by March 1, 2017 to receive the member rate 

Click HERE to register through the IAAI web site

***This preliminary schedule is subject to change***

Tuesday March 21, 2017 

10:00 am – 12:00 – Registration – Lunch on your own

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Basic Electricity & Arc Mapping –  John Nemeth, David Smith & Associates

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Canine Investigations – David Smith, Columbus Fire & EMS

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Review of Burn Cells – Joe Kelly / Ron Regan, Henry County Fire Department

Wednesday March 22, 2017 

8:00 am – 12:00 pm – Systematic Origin and Cause Investigations by Steve Pate
(50% of class will go to outside for live burn cells with Joe Kelly and Ron Regan with the remaining half participating in classroom instruction.  The class will switch after lunch.)

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch on your own, GFIA Board meeting

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Continuation of Morning Sessions

5:00 pm – General Member Meeting

Thursday March 23, 2017 

8:00 am – 12:00 pm – Legal Issues – Georgia Prosecuting Attorney Council

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch is provided

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm – Report Writing – Mark Dietrichs, Swift Currie

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Evidence Collection – Victoria Oehreni, G.B.I.

Friday March 24 

8:00 am – 12:00 pm – Proper Investigative Using NFPA 1033 & NFPA 921 – Walt Shaw, B.A.T.F. 

Questions??? Contact Kevin Cunningham 404-580-0783 or Teresa McAfee 770-713-8108 

Don’t miss this hands on seminar / see you in McDonough!

GFIA Seminar in Savannah 


Note the seminar has been moved to a Monday – Thursday cycle instead of Tuesday – Friday! 

July 23 through July 27, 2017 

Sunday July 23 – Early Registration 
Class begins at 8 am each day completes at 5 pm
Monday July 24th through Thursday July 27th 

Registration will be handled by the IAAI at 

Seminar Cost is $200.00 for members and $250.00 for non-members

New members can join GFIA before June 25th, 2017 to receive the member rate

P.O.S.T. & Firefighter Standards training credits pending with test available through at the completion of the seminar  

Tentative Topics Include:

Death Investigations /Effects of Fire on the Human Body – Elayne Pope

Fire Scene / Small Appliances – Jamie Novak

Tools of the Trade

Electrical Investigations – ATF Lab Personnel

Health Issues


Hotel Information:

Savannah Riverfront Marriott
100 General McIntosh Boulevard
Savannah GA 31401
The rate is $125.00 plus tax

Click HERE to make your room reservation

State Certification
State Certification for Investigators 
Employment and Training Requirements for Fire Investigators in the State of Georgia 
Effective July 1, 2004, anyone employed as a fire investigator, or anyone who seeks the recognition as a fire investigator must meet the education and training requirements as established by the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council (GFSTC). Because the certifications are based on a calendar year, the deadline for initial certification has been extended to December 31, 2005. Anyone employed or who seeks a state certificate as a fire investigator must meet the following qualifications:  
  1. Be at least 18 years of age 
  2. Not have been convicted of a felony in any jurisdiction 
  3. Have a good moral character as determined by investigation under procedure approved by the Council 
  4. Be fingerprinted and a search made of local, state, and national finger files to disclose any criminal record 
  5. Possess or achieve within 12 months after employment/appointment a high school diploma or a general education development equivalency 
  6. Complete the Arson Investigations Level 1 and Level 2 training courses taught by the Georgia Police Academy 
For the continued training/education requirements, each calendar year the fire investigator must demonstrate the ability to perform basic investigative skills plus have a minimum of at least 24 hours of training in a GFSTC accepted training program. 
The Southeastern Annual Training Seminar has been approved for 28 hours of POST training and 24 hours/ In addition, there will be a meeting during the seminar to review class descriptions of courses offered at Georgia Public Safety Training Center to see which courses will be acceptable for continuous education for fire investigators.  
For more information or to download an application package, visit the GFSTC web site at 
Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council 
1000 Indian Springs Drive 
Forsyth, Georgia 31029 
478-993-4511 (fax)
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