Last week, from September 18th-21st, our Fire Investigators, Andy Redding and Stephen Dollar had the privilege of attending the NAFI-Sponsored CVFI Course in Lexington, Kentucky. This 36-hour course increased their knowledge and skills for investigating fires and explosions in motor vehicles. We are proud to share their success in completing this certification!
On behalf of the KHFC Team, we congratulate Wyatt on his latest certification! Wyatt attended the Data Recovery Expert Certification class in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of July. Throughout that week, Wyatt was offered hands-on experience on all areas of data recovery from damaged hard drives to flash storage, and was able to bring back his newfound knowledge, and share it with our team.
As part of our Digital Forensics Division, Wyatt has been working hard by utilizing specialized skills, equipment and software to extract data from various failed hard drives and other forms of evidence that may have been damaged from smoke, water, fire, etc. In turn, he analyzes this extracted data through a careful procedure to ensure the information can be admitted into court. A big shout out to Wyatt for his continued hard work! If you have any questions about this division, don’t hesitate to contact Wyatt:
On 8/24/2017 In Tampa, hosted by Homeowners Choice Property & Casualty Insurance, the FACAP Board held their August Meeting and Kevin had the opportunity to be the Guest Speaker. Two hours of optional Continuing Education Credits were offered for the class titled: Fires Involving Gas Systems and CSST.
After being invited to speak at Butler’s legal office, Kevin had the pleasure of visiting the office in Downtown Tampa on June 15, 2017, where he educated some of the firm on basic fire investigations. A big thank you to their office for making this happen!
On 05/25/2017, KHFC hosted a Continuing Education Course on Residential Structure Fire Investigations for Security First Insurance Company. Kevin shared his presentation on this topic, while Stephen Dollar assisted with demonstrating the different scenarios. We anticipate offering many more classes like this in the future.
We are delighted to report our two newest members of the team: Keli Langley, joining on February 7, 2017, is our new Administrative Assistant, and Sky Santos, joining just a month later on March 6, 2017, has been appointed Business Relations Manager. We look forward to the continuing expansion of our team!
Our team had a great time on and off the water at Salt Springs. The trip included night-time bow fishing, grilling steaks, and having loads of fun!
It is with great pleasure to announce our newest addition to the KHFC Team. Mr. Timothy “Tim” Augustine joined the KHFC Team on Monday, November 14, 2016. Tim brings a great amount of experience as a Fire Origin & Cause Investigator to our team and were pleased to have him with us.
Meeting Announcement – Training Opportunity
MEETING DATE: June 23, 2016
LOCATION: Palm Beach County Fire Rescue – 405 Pike Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33411
TOPIC: Examining Fire Scenes Involving Lithium Ion Batteries and Their Potential for Electrical Fire Causations
EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVE: This course is designed to examine multiple different lithium ion battery ignition sources and their competency to ignite resulting in a fire. For the purpose of this course different styles of lithium batteries will be discussed along with their operational designs. The course will cover investigating fire scenes involving suspected lithium battery failures while utilizing the current industry guides and standards. Analytical evaluation of the physical evidence will be discussed to provide an understanding of failure modes and the challenges presented during post fire examinations. The course is presented utilizing power point slides, video clips, test examples and case studies.
Peter D. Layson – Applications Engineering Group, Inc.
Kevin B. Hays – Kevin Hays Fire Consulting, LLC.
EDUCATION CREDITS: 2 Hours submitted for approval
MEETING TIME: 9:00 am – Meet and Greet
10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Meeting and Training
CONTACT: Michael Grubowski –