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Arizona and Georgia in July 2017 IAAI Chapter Training

It is with a great honor that I have been asked to speak for the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) for the Arizona Chapter (July 20, 2017) in beautiful Prescott on the West Coast and for the Georgia Chapter (July 25, 2017) in Savannah for the East Coast. Good training will be provided and hopefully I will meet some new friends along the way. I will be presenting some new data from our 10th annual SLOFIST training conference. I look forward to traveling this summer and providing some cutting edge information to our finest fire investigators coast to coast! Thanks again for stopping by.

Pope

 

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Coast to Coast

Hello everyone! I just returned from our 10th annual SLOFIST training session in the Central Coast of California. We had an amazing course with 70 students from across the country and 1 special friend from across the pond. This year we conducted 14 burn experiments ranging from structure fires, vehicle fires, outdoor incendiary fires, and radiant heat testing. All of the experiments demonstrated unique burn patterns to their respective environments. The duration of the fires lasted from several minutes to over an hour, producing brittle calcined bone for the students to examine. This information enables the students to appreciate how the duration of the fire relates to the heat-related damage to the body as what the investigators see after the fire at actual crime scenes. This hands-on opportunity trains the students how to properly document, handle, and recover burned human remains from fatal fire scenes. Thanks again for the great memories, experiences, and friendships of the 10th annual SLOFIST course.

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Beautiful California!!!

I happy to report that we had our best year ever (9th annual course) at SLOFIST in San Luis Obispo, California. We had 62 excellent students who were comprised of Fire Investigators, Law Enforcement, Coroner/Medical Examiner, Crime Scene Investigators, and several scientists. I met some really great people. We had a researcher from the UK and an accelerant dog team from Canada. We conducted 12 fire scenes ranging from structures to vehicles and outdoor environments, all producing good data of heat-related changes, time, and temperature. There was so much experience buzzing through the air, it was truly amazing to be apart of such a great course. 

After the course we went to Pismo Beach and enjoyed the ocean for all of its beauty. Then we went to the Cracked Crab for king crab, dungeness crab, and slipper lobster. I can still taste the butter.

Thank you everyone for making it the best year yet!!!

pope

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VEGAS Part 2

Well this is my second time in Las Vegas this year. I just got back from the Nevada Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators with Terry Taylor, Dan Heenan, and Dr. Ellen Clark, Medical Examiner of Reno, Nevada. Its always a pleasure to be in the company of these fine individuals.

Tomorrow I will be a guest lecture at VCU in Dr. Tal Simmons Forensic Anthropology class in Richmond, Virginia.

I will be taking a hiatus until the SLOFIST course June 20-24, 2016 in San Luis Obispo, California. www.slofist.org 

Thanks for stopping by

pope

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Back from New York and South Carolina, then Vegas!

I just got back from a string of trips across the country. In February, I traveled to Vegas for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and saw some good friends. In March, I drove to Columbia, South Carolina to lecture to Law Enforcement, Crime Scene Investigators, Coroners, and Medical Examiners. I got to catch up with Dr. Collins (author of Forensic Pathology of Infancy and Childhood), who is a wonderful colleague. Then I just returned from Watkins Glen, New York (outside of Elmira), which was on one of the beautiful lakes (Finger Lakes). I gave a 4 hour lecture to the New York Coroners Association. Then I got to see some beautiful waterfalls on our way to the New York State Fire Academy, where we watched a fire demonstration by Deputy Chief William McGovern (friend from 8 years ago). The views, food, and people were spectacular, I had a great time and made some new friends. I am home for a week and then I travel back to Las Vegas for the Nevada Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. Then after that, I travel to Richmond, Virginia to lecture to a Forensic Anthropology class instructed by Dr. Tal Simmons. Whew! Thanks for stopping by. Elayne Pope 

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The Ohio Arson School

Just got back from the 61st Ohio Arson School where I was invited to lecture to 100 Fire Investigators in Columbus, Ohio. They were a fun group with a lot of good questions. Everyone was so nice. The flight home was extra special since I got re-routed to JFK and had a fabulous hot pastrami on rye. Yum. Well, its back to work for me for a while. Take care. pope

 

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Back from Beautiful California

I just returned from San Luis Obispo, California were we had another successful class with 64 students from across the United States and Canada, and one from Australia. It was very exciting to watch the teams of Fire Investigators, Law Enforcement, Coroners/Medical Examiner, Crime Scene Investigators, and scientists work together as a well-greased machine out in the field. Each team brought their investigative strenghts and techniques that really came together, especially during the presentations. I met a lot of great people and wish each of them well on their future cases.

California was beautiful, got to see the Pacific Ocean after class on Friday and eat some huge scallops down in Shell Beach.

I have an upcoming trip to Las Vegas July 30th for the Internation Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners. www.theiacme.com

Thanks for stopping by

pope

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Back from Manhattan, Kansas

I just returned from Manhattan, Kansas where there were over 100 in attendance, representing the states of Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado. We had Fire Investigators, Coroners, Law Enforcement, and Crime Scene Investigators. Also, Dr. Michael Finnegan, from Kansas State University was in the audience. I had a wonderful time and learned that Kansas has hills, the Flint Hills, which were beautiful. Rose Rozmiarek  and her arson canine, Tana, were wonderful hosts who took good care of me during my stay.

Thanks Kansas!

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Biloxi, Mississippi and the Gulf Coast

I got to travel some in Biloxi, Mississippi, where I lectured last week on the beautiful Gulf Coast. The Mississippi Chapter of the IAAI were exceptional hosts and I had some of the best interaction/questions from the audience of mostly Fire Investigators, but also some Coroners and other Forensic Investigators. Good times were had with Mrs. Lisa Edwards, who put on a spectacular conference and we also had a visitor, Deborah Keeler who is the IAAI Executive Director on the national level. On the way back to the airport, I drove along Highway 90, which parallels the Gulf Coast and it was a beautiful day. Overall, I met some really great people in Biloxi who were obviously passionate about their jobs and eager to learn. In fact so many good questions were asked, that I had to lecture for an additional hour the following day to finish up the presentation. I received a beautiful award at the end of my lecture that is clear and has the IAAI logo that is in the shape of the state of Mississippi. Its awesome!!! I love awards. It was an absolute pleasure everyone!!!!

 

 

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New Podcast from Coroner Talk

For those of you who have enjoyed my lectures or would like to know what my talks are like, listen to the new podcast on Coroner Talk www.coronertalk.com Episode 18. Producer Darren Drake interviewed me about what Coroner/Medicolegal Death Investigators and Fire Investigators can expect to find at fatal fire scenes and the type of research that is conducted each year through SLOFIST Inc. during the Forensic Fire Death Investigation Course www.slofist.org

PODCAST: http://coronertalk.com/18

Thanks for visiting and listening, I hope you find it educational.

Pope

 

 

 

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Oh, Canada!!!!

So Canada was beautiful. I flew into Toronto and lectured for the Canadian National Advanced Fire and Explosion Training Program put on by Dennis Merckley of Fire Facts Incorporated. I had the pleasure of lecturing with Steve Carmen (retired ATF) and met his son and partner, Clinton Carmen. Everyone else was from above the border. I found routine objects to be fascinating with bilingual French and English writing on most everything. That and the money was strange.

I did not get to travel downtown, but I have been invited back next year, so I will make it a mission to spend more time there. It was a very international city and everyone was so nice. I have had some Canadian students before and hope to see more in the future.  

Several highlights of my trip included going to Peter's, where I had an amazing filet and the maitre d' at the restaurant  gave every woman a rose after dinner- it was very elegant. Peter's had only old white men as servers (in an asian part of town), who made everything fresh. And then the following day I was invited to tour the Coroner's Court, where the Medical Examiner's Office and Department of Forensic Sciences were housed in this 1 year old beautiful building with 5 levels and an open atrium so that you could see into the laboratories all of the state-of-the-art equipment. Their autopsy suites were 3X the size of my current office in Norfolk, but they handle a much larger population. They had a CT scanner and an MRI for doing virtual autopsies. The forensic anthropology laboratory was huge, with steam and electric pots, along with a well maintained bone room. 

Everyone I met was super nice and it was such a bustling international city, I cannot wait to return.

Thanks for reading.

pope

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From Lake Tahoe to Toronto, eh?

Last week I had a wonderful visit with Terry Taylor of Nevada IAAI, where I lectured for his chapter on fatal fire investigation to a wonderful group of investigators and students from the University of Nevada, Reno. We met at the Nugget and had a wonderful time discussing future collaboration on fatal fire/taphonomic research involving burned bone and other ideas. Prior to my lecture, Mr. Taylor pointed me in the direction of Lake Tahoe, which I spent 2 days driving around it and admiring its beauty. I found Pope Beach and got a selfie, although it was raining so it wasn't that good. Nevertheless, I had a great time driving around seeing beautiful log cabins, trees, the blue lake and the snow capped mountains at an elevation of 5000-6000 ft above sea level. I found a sock store and bought some new socks with crime scene tape around them and some new skeleton socks for good luck.

Tomorrow, I leave for Toronto, Canada for the 2014 Canadian National Advanced Fire and Explosion Training Program.

This will be a fun trip and the first stamp in my new passport. We have had several investigators from Canada attend the SLOFIST Fatal Fire Death Investigation Course so maybe I will get to see some past (and hopefully future) students. I have my coat and scarf and am ready to brave the winter weather

That's all for now. 

Be safe.

pope

 

 

 

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Back from California

Hello everyone- all went well in San Luis Obispo, California this past week, where we had 76 Law Enforcement/Fire Investigator/Coroners/CSI/ and scientists train in the Forensic Fire Death Investigation Course, sponsored by the San Luis Obispo Fire Investigative Strike Team and the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office and Coroner Divisions. This was the 8th annual course that we have put on that has trained professionals from the United States, Canada, and past students from Europe. This year was by far the best as far as students who participated in the classroom and the field operations- everything went smooth and as planned. I made many new friends and got to see some old ones that traveled from Louisiana and Florida. We are already planning for next year, where the scenes will be even better after some lessons learned this year. 

I got to eat from a 7 pound fresh King crab down by the Pacific Ocean at Pismo Beach- much bigger than my little Maryland blue crabs but just as rewarding. I also had fresh Dungeness crab and Small Slipper Lobster- these were especially delicious with butter.

My next adventure takes me to the east coast in West Palm Beach, Florida for a Fatal Fire Lecture and hopefully eat some fresh oysters and seafood.

Anyway, its back to work for me for awhile before I get airborne again.

Thanks for stopping by.

Pope

 

 

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Thank you for coming to burnedbone.com! Please check back here when you have a spare moment to see updates about seminars, training, or updated information. You can also subscribe by email to get notifications on any new updates.

I just got back from the International Association of Arson Investigators Annual Training Conference and had a wonderful time meeting old and new friends.

Some future dates for lecture include:

June 23-27, 2014 San Luis Obsipo, California Fatal Fire Course through SLOFIST www.slofist.org

August 8, 2014 West Palm Beach, Florida Fire Seminar

September 29-30, 2014 Reno, Nevada for the Nevada IAAI Chapter.

Thanks

pope

 

 

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