President’s Message

Welcome to the Ohio Chapter…

I want to thank the membership for allowing me to represent them as their 2022-2023 Ohio Chapter President. And I would like to thank Past President Brian Peterman for his dedicated service during his presidency.

The chapter has grown in membership and educational opportunities in recent years. My goal is to continue to provide quality educational programs and grow the chapter. The international offers several programs that we could bring into the state. I hope to see everyone at the Ohio Chapter Seminar this fall and the ITC in Cherokee, North Carolina in April.

Jeffry J. Koehn

2023 Board Member Election Results

The 2023 Elections have been completed. The four 2023 board members are Ray McCarthy, Jeff Williams, Tom Habak, and Chris Ruwe.

Karen Corwin was 5th in the elections and will fill the final year of Matt Hartnett’s board position since he gave up his seat when he moved out of state.

Additionally, per our by-laws, Tim Schreadley was appointed Second Vice President since no one was nominated for that position.

Thank you to everyone who voted in the elections. I hope to have a productive year in the chapter.

Jeff Koehn
2023 President, Ohio IAAI


Upcoming training opportunities in Ohio and through the International.

Ohio IAAI 2023 Annual Seminar

November 7 & 8, 2023

The Ohio chapter of the IAAI will be holding its 2023 seminar on November 7 and 8 at the Ohio Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg.   Sessions run from 0800-1700 each day.

Register at under training.      

Optional (Separate registration required; Not included in seminar cost) 
ECT Practicum, Monday, November 6, 2023, 1800-2100   Register Here
NOTE: The ECT Practicum registration title indicates it is in Cleveland, but it is actually at the State Fire Academy in Reynoldsburg.

Download flyer and agenda: Ohio IAAI Chapter Seminar 2023

Recommended Hotel:

Home2 Suites by Hilton
Columbus Airport East Broad
6315 E Broad St,
Columbus, Oh 43213
(614) 604-9113

Expert Witness Courtroom Testimony

November 28-30, 2023

Scarlet Oaks Public Safety
200 Scarlet Oaks Drive
Sharonville, OH 45241

The Expert Witness Courtroom Testimony course walks you through what it’s like to prepare for and testify as an expert witness in a real case. During the class, you will spend time with actual attorneys giving your deposition, preparing for your testimony, as well as spending the day in a real courtroom environment where you will take the stand for direct and cross-examination.

The classroom portion includes Legal System Overview; Court Rules and Case Law; Qualifying as an Expert and Standing by Your Curriculum Vitae; and How to Write and Present Your Opinion Analysis.

The court preparation portion includes The Practical Exercise; Court Exhibits: How to Present and What Should be Included; Presentation of Evidence: Best Practices; and Working with an Attorney.

This course meets the testimony requirement for IAAI-CFI® (IAAI-Certified Fire Investigator) application.


Work Experience: A minimum of four years of full-time or five years of part-time general experience in the fire investigation industry.

Specific Work Experience: A minimum of seven fire scenes where you were the lead Origin & Cause Investigator.

Able to meet all the requirements of the IAAI-CFI® application except for the expert witness testimony requirement.

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