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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.



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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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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. 

Thanks for stopping by


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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!!!


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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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