The First International
Symposium on Fire Investigation (ISFI 2004) concluded on June 30 at the British Fire Service College (BFSC),
Moreton-in-Marsh, England and cosponsored by NAFI, BFSC, and the NFPA, was a resounding success.
One hundred fifty delegates from Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland,
Trinidad, England, Scotland and US attended the three day scientific conclave.
Dr. Dougal Drysdale, an internationally renowned fire scientist from University of Edinburgh, presented the
keynote paper after opening remarks from Divisional Officer Bill Tucker (BFSC); Frank Florence (NFPA); and Pat Kennedy,
CFEI, Chairman of the National Association of Fire Investigators.
Speakers from both sides of the Atlantic presented lectures on fire science research; comparisons of current fire and
explosion investigation methodologies; forensic pathology; legal aspects of fire investigations; and fire investigation
A black tie dinner held at the BFSC was the highlight social event of the Symposium. NAFI Distinguished Service Awards
were presented to Fire Service College Divisional Officer (Battalion Chief) and head of fire investigation training,
Patrick Cox; London Fire Brigade Station Officer (Captain), Michael Beasley, CFEI; and NFPA Public Fire Protection
Specialist Frank Florence for their diligent work in the planning and production of IFSI. However, the real highlight of
the dinner itself was the sight of NFPA 921 Committee Chairman, Dan Churchward, CFEI, resplendent in his Scottish kilt.
The Symposium was capped off by an open planning meeting for the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire
Investigations (the 921 Committee).