Georgia Fire Investigator's Association, Inc.


Southeastern Annual Training Conference - Savannah 

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

July 23 through July 27, 2017 

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

The Seminar registration fee is $200.00 for members and $250.00 for non-members. You must be a member before June 25th, 2017 to receive the member rate. 
The IAAI is handling pre-registration therefore please contact the IAAI office at 800-468-4224 or go online at to register. 
Sunday July 23, 2017 
3:00pm – 6:00pm – Registration in Lobby 
12:00pm – Golf Tournament at Southbridge (Contact Charlie Mangan at 404-386-3786 if you are interested in playing)
Monday July 24, 2017 
7:00am – 8:00am – Registration in Lobby 
8:00am – Opening Ceremonies & Keynote Address 
8:30am – 12:00pm – Jeremy Neagle - ATF Laboratory – Gas Appliances  
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch on your own 
1:00pm – 5:00pm – Continuation of Morning Session 
Tuesday July 25, 2017 
8:00am – 12:00pm – Elayne Pope - Forensic Anthropologist - The Effects of Fire on the Human Body 
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch – on your own 
12:00pm – 1:00pm – GFIA Board Meeting 
1:00pm – 5:00pm – Continuation of Morning Session 
5:00pm – GFIA General Meeting  
Vendors will be set up in the lobby all day 
Wednesday July 26, 2017 
8:00am – 12:00pm – Jamie Novak - Electrical Fire Causes and Gas Explosions 
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Annual GFIA Luncheon and Installation of Officers 
1:00pm – 5:00pm – Jamie Novak - Unusual Burn Pattern Interpretation and Flash Over 
Thursday July 27, 2017 
8:00am – 10:30am – John Lowrimore – GPSTC - Proper Use of Unmanned Drones in Fire Investigations 
10:30am – 12:00pm – Bryan Cash -Tools of the Trade 

The GFIA is sponsoring the K. G. Davis Scholarship to GFIA public safety members who live and work in the fire investigation field within the state of Georgia. The Georgia Arson Control Board is sponsoring the Jim Swindell Scholarship. The complete requirements for applying for each of these scholarships can be found on the GFIA website at 

For More Information Contact

Kevin Cunningham: 404-580-0783 or 
Teresa McAfee: 770-713-8108  

Hotel Information:

Savannah Riverfront Marriott
100 General McIntosh Boulevard
Savannah GA 31401
Phone: 912-233-7722 - PLEASE TELL THE OPERATIOR YOUR ARE WITH THE GFIA CONFERENCE to get the conference room rate of $ 125.00/night (parking is included). Note that the final cut-off date for this conference room rate is June 23, 2017.

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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