IAAI Fire Investigators

July 15, 2017

President’s Message

Welcome to the official website of the Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators.  This is your source for everything associated with fire investigation in Ohio and throughout the industry.

Your Executive Board and Board of Directors are here to serve the membership of the Ohio Chapter.  Please contact any of us with your questions and ideas, especially in the areas of fire and explosion investigation training and certification.  Our primary goal is to provide the membership with relevant, high-quality training opportunities to assist you in obtaining and/or maintaining your certifications.  The Ohio Chapter is in a unique position to accomplish this goal, with Ohio Chapter members serving on the International Board of Directors.  Scott Bennett is the current President of the International and Trace Lawless is an International Director, serving as the Training and Education Committee Chairman.  Both are Past Presidents of the Ohio Chapter.

The Ohio IAAI Chapter General Meeting is scheduled in conjunction with the Ohio Arson School.  The Ohio Arson School will be held August 7 – 11, 2017, at the Crowne Plaza North, Columbus, Ohio.  The Ohio IAAI Chapter is sponsoring the training on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, with Attorney Karrie J. Clinkinbeard, a partner at the Armstrong Teasdale law firm speaking on the topic of “Testifying Tips and Lawyer Tricks.”  The General Meeting will be held at approximately 3:00 PM that day.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the General Meeting.

Your participation in the Ohio IAAI Chapter is necessary for the continued success of our organization.  Each year, the Chapter elects four members to the Board of Directors, each serving a three-year term.  In addition, we elect someone to serve as the Second Vice President for a one-year term, with automatic succession to the positions of First Vice President and President.  The election for the 2017-2018 Board of Directors and Second Vice President takes place at the General Meeting on August 8, 2017.  Nominations for the 2018-2019 Board of Directors and Second Vice President will be accepted at the General Meeting and until 90 days before the 2018 election.  Any Ohio Chapter member in good standing is eligible for nomination.

Please check this website often for information about the Chapter, news, and training opportunities.

Bruce E. VanDorpe

Ohio IAAI Chapter President


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