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The use of forensic toxicology in fire death and injury investigations

This course presents an overview of forensic toxicology and its use and application in fire death and injury investigation.  Attendees will learn about the field of forensic toxicology, the legal systems within the U.S. for death investigation, absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of fire toxicants, and methods for analysis of carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide uptake in fire victims.  Attendees will also learn how these analysis techniques are applied to fire origin and cause investigation.    

Pain and Suffering in Fire Victims

This course presents the scientific literature on the effect of exposure to carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, irritant smoke, and heat.  The data presented is from research on both human and animal subjects and is the basis for models used in life safety performance-based design approaches.  Data on predicting time to pain and 1st and 2nd degree burns is discussed along with an understanding of incapacitation and lethality.

NFPA 921 AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD IN FIRE DEATH INVESTIGATIONS

This course presents an in-depth review of Chapter 4 (Basic Methodology) and Chapter 25 (Fire and Explosion Deaths and Injuries) in the 2017 edition of NFPA 921.  Attendees will learn how to apply the Scientific Method in Fire Death and Injury investigation.  Attendees will also learn the importance of autopsy and injury data collection and analysis as it relates to fire origin and cause investigation. 

Investigative Methods in Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Incidents

This course presents the framework put forth in ASTM E2292 (2014), Standard Guide for Field Investigation of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Incidents, as well as the application of the Scientific Method to carbon monoxide poisoning injuries and deaths.  Attendees will learn about injury and death case studies, as well as calculation methods utilized in determining exposure concentrations and time to incapacitation and lethality.  Attendees will also learn about the various human and animal-based studies on the effects of exposure to carbon monoxide including the concentrations necessary to result in impairment, incapacitation, and lethality.   

The Relationship between Alcohol and Drug Impairment in Fire Death and Injuries

This course presents the scientific literature on the relationship between alcohol and drug impairment and fire related deaths and injuries.  Attendees will learn about the impact of alcohol and drugs on an occupant’s ability to awaken to a sounding smoke alarm, perceive cues, and respond appropriately.  Attendees will also learn about blood alcohol concentrations that begin to affect occupant response in fires, as well as the various toxicological methods used for evaluating alcohol in the blood of fire victims. 

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