Professional, educational, and community activities for benefit of those persons engaged primarily in the detection and control of arson and determining the origin and cause of fires.

​​David J. Icove, Ph.D., P.E.




Lifetime Member
Dr. Armando Ocanas
Palmview ISD


COURSE INSTRUCTORS


REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE HERE

Our Board 

AFTER YOUR REGISTRATON HAS BEEN COMPLETED. PLEASE FILL OUT YOUR TEEX COURSE REGISTRATION FORM, PRINT, AND BRING TO CONFERENCE.

Investigations

Conference 2016

South Texas Fire Investigators Association-RGV, Inc.

PO Box 534114
Harlingen, Texas 78553

956.460.8945



PRESIDENT 
Joseph Hernandez
Alamo Fire Department

VICE PRESIDENT

Juan Martinez

Cameron County


David Icove is a Professor at the University of Tennessee and a registered professional engineer licensed to practice in Texas. He is the co-author of several leading textbooks in the forensic fire investigation field, has testified as an expert witness in both federal and state courts, is a member of the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office Science Advisory Workgroup.

LOCATION:

Isla Grand Beach Resort www.islagrand.com
500 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, TX – 78597


Room Rates of $79.00 per/night

(Will be honored for 3 days prior to & after the conference)

956-761-6511 or 800-292-7704,

Request the Code 1611STFISP  

Awareness

Exchange of professional information among its members.

Promote awareness of the crime of arson.

Networking

Early Registration fee (Paid on or before November 4, 2016) $205.00                    Late Registration fee (Paid after November 4, 2016) $225.00

South Texas Fire Investigators Association-RGV, Inc. was founded in 2001 and is a resource for fire investigation training, technology, research, and professional development to all members who are active within of the corporation.

​Our members include Fire Investigators, law enforcement officers, members of the District Attorney's office, private investigators, insurance investigators, fire inspectors, safety officers, insurance adjusters, retired arson investigators, retired law enforcement officers, and/or any special agent.​



Thomas R. May, J.D.

Kathleen Crouch, J.D.

Group Registration

About Us 

Local Fire Investigations and Arson Investigator Training.

ITINERARY

COURTROOM TESTIMONY FOR THE EXPERT FIRE INVESTIGATION WITNESS

Our association is open to all persons actively engaged in the investigation of fires. This includes, but is not limited to fire origin and cause investigators, municipal, county, state, and federal arson investigators.

The South Texas Fire Investigators Association-RGV Inc. is dedicated to improving the professional development of fire and explosion investigators by being the resource for fire investigation training, technology, and research.


November 16-18, 2016

10th Annual South Texas Fire Investigator Seminar

Active Membership

To become part of this organization, please contact us to be a candidate for membership.

Once you have submitted your application it will be taken into consideration by the association board.  

You will receive a response within the next 24 hours via email. 
Once approved, please pay membership dues of $50 immediately. 

Active members can renew their membership immediately without re-application.  

Renewal of membership is due every 12 months after the initial approval of your application.  ​

Trainings and Certifications
Training and certification dues are separate. 
All fees shall be paid before any class is to begin. 
Travel expenses are not covered by the association unless otherwise specified.


Register online by submitting an email requesting membership application to:
stfiargv@outlook.com

CONTACT US

Promote fire safety education and intervention programs for the community.

Education

This is an intense three-day course (16 total contact hours) to prepare fire investigators for expert witness testimony in courtrooms and depositions. During this course, the students will study an actual arson-for-profit criminal case. The course requires the student to bring an up-to-date curriculum vita. 




Secretary/Treasurer
William Adair
Harlingen Fire Department

Past President
Liza Aguirre
​Alamo Fire Department


This course will provide 16 TCOLE Credit Hours for Law enforcement personnel.

Assist local investigators in their professional activities.

Kathleen Crouch is an attorney with the law firm Nistico, Crouch & Kessler, P.C., located in Houston, Texas. She has considerable experience in fire litigation, has practiced in both state and federal courts; and is a member of the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office Science Advisory Workgroup.

Individual Registration

Training

Our Mission

Thomas May is an attorney who specializes in fire forensic investigation, litigation, and representation of expert witnesses facing Daubert or similar challenges. A frequent lecturer and author, he is a retired firefighter and federal investigator.

 

Send us an email and we'll get right back to you.

Compliance

Stay current on changes to any applicable codes when in the interest of the fire service.

Involvement

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016
8 am to noon Registration

1:00 – 2 pm  Introduction and Preparation and Critique of the Curriculum Vitae (DI)
2:15 – 3 pm Introduction to Courtroom and Deposition Testimony (TM)
3:15 – 4 pm Court Rules & Case Law, State and Federal Court (KC)
4:15 – 5 pm Preparations for Mock Trial (TM)

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
8:00 – noon Mock Trial
1:00 – 1:30 pm Critique of Mock Trial (TM, KC, DI)
1:30 – 4 pm Qualifying as an Expert Witness and Surviving the Daubert Challenge (KC & DI)
4:15 – 5 pm Expert Report Preparation (DI)

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016
8:00 -8:45 am Examples of Testimony (CFITrainer.net)
9:00 – 10 am Presentation of Evidence and Exhibits: Best Practices (KC)
10:15 – 11 am Clearly Preparing and Delivering the Expert Opinion (DI)
11:00 – 11:30 am Final Comments (DI, KC)
11:30 am Presentation of Certificates