Henry County Fire Department Hosting the 2013 Spring Arson Seminar
Arson Investigators from Across Georgia Visit Henry County for Fifth Consecutive Year
The Georgia Fire Investigator’s Association, a branch of the International Association of Arson Investigators and Henry County Fire Department are hosting the Spring Arson Seminar March 19th thru March 22nd at the Heritage Recreation Center at 97 Lake Dow Road in McDonough. This year marks the fifth consecutive year Henry County Fire Department has hosted this training venue for fire investigators. Investigators from all over the state of Georgia assembled at Heritage this morning at 10:00 a.m. to register for four full days of valuable information and training.
Classes began at noon today with a Live Burn and will be followed by an inspection and additional burns on Wednesday afternoon. This block of instruction is being provided by Jeff Morrill & Ralph Newell. In addition, participants will hear from other nationally and/or internationally certified instructors that are nationally recognized, highly qualified experts in their field of instruction having worked in excess of one thousand fire investigations each. They will be delivering training on the latest information concerning the following topics: Documenting the Fire Scene, Legalities of Obtaining / Using Information from the Event Data Recorder, Ethics in Fire Investigations, The Intentionally Set Fire, Hybrid Vehicle Fires, Legal Issues in Fire Investigations and Internet as an Investigation Tool.
Henry County has become the home of the GFIA Spring Seminar for the fifth consecutive year finding its way back via an offer, to again host, made by Henry County Fire Marshal, Chief Joe Kelley, at the Southeastern Seminar held in Savannah earlier last year. Chief Kelly said, “It has been such a huge success and we are looking forward to another successful seminar this week. We simply mention our interests and the Seminar continues to find its way here and we are honored it does.” Centrally located yet out of the dense Metro Atlanta, Henry County has been unanimously voted as the host city by the members of the association. In addition to being an accessible location, members have expressed their liking to the hospitality of Henry County. Due to the centrally located venue, several North Georgia departments have benefited by saving the traveling expenses from sending personnel to the annual coastal conference. The seminar benefits for Henry County directly are two-fold: One Henry County Investigators obtain very valuable training at no cost to the County and two the attendees bring revenue to the Henry County Community by way of lodging and meals. The first seminar held in Henry County in March of 2006, ranked the second largest of the past Spring Seminars, with one hundred and five registered participants. This year there are 109 registered participants. Henry County Fire Investigator Vice President with the GFIA, Captain Ron Reagan stated, “It is an honor to host the Spring Arson Seminar here in Henry County again and we look forward to a large participation rate and a successful seminar.”