The AZIAAI hosted its first Evidence Collection Technician practicum yesterday! It was a great opportunity and investigators throughout the valley showed up to increase their knowledge about evidence collection. Examples of evidence collected in the practicum included fibers, saliva, floor and sub-floor, fingerprint and impressions left on paper.

Special thanks to Stephen Johnson, our training coordinator and Keith Paffrath with the IAAI for helping to set this up! Our goal is to repeat this practicum yearly for those who need it. There are several advantages to having this designation, including:

  • Verification by an independent body that the individual has demonstrated competence on the applicable core professional qualification job performance requirements and standard industry practices for evidence collection.
  • Recognition by an independent body that the individual possesses fundamental knowledge of evidence collection required by the applicable professional qualification standards.
  • Verification, via passing a practical examination, that the individual can execute industry standard evidence collection procedures.
  • Demonstration, through the recertification process, that the individual is keeping current with their training and professional knowledge development.​
  • Measurement of these achievements using a standardized mechanism, as set by the IAAI-ECT Committee.

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The AZIAAI Annaul Confrence is right around the corner! Also dont forget about Arson III coming in September!
​Please check our

calendar for upcoming

training, meetings and

other events.

Fire Arson Investigation III is the third of our four-part series for Fire Investigators. This class is from September 27th to  October 1st in Flagstaff.

This training and material is useful to law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, insurance investigators, claim adjusters, and fire service personnel with responsibility for fire cause determination. This is a hands-on class consisting of some classroom and the field portion of the curriculum, examining and recording the fire/arson scene.

You will be assigned to an arson task force to investigate a crime scene.

This course is tested, all class sessions must be attended for certification.

Continuing education points for CFI.

Important: All students must show proof that they have attended the National Fire Academy Fire Investigation class or have a certificate that they have attended previous Fire/Arson I-II classes. If you do not meet these requirements DO NOT SIGN UP!



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NFPA 921 Update Class for 2021 Edition (Tucson)

Where and when:
September 7, 2021
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Tucson Fire Department Headquarters
300 South Fire Central Place
Tucson, AZ 85701

All registrations will come with the new NFPA 921 - 2021 Edition.

NFPA 921 provides a large base of knowledge and information upon  which a professional fire investigator must know to conduct competent  investigations into fire and 
explosion events. This class will provide  the attendee an overview of the changes, updates, and removal of wording  within the peer-reviewed document released in late 2020.   

The  most recent release contains updates on fire patterns, arc mapping, fire  classification and Ignitable Liquid Detection canines and handlers.   
Arc Mapping has been removed as one of the four sources of information  for origin determination and is now categorized as a fire pattern.  
Chapter 20, Classification of Fire Cause, from the 2017 Edition was  completely deleted. This edition reveals some of the most substantial  changes since the document 
was originally published.  

The 10th  Edition of NFPA 921 and the upcoming 7th Edition of NFPA 1033 bring  about extensive changes on how fires are to be investigated, litigated,  
and the qualifications of the investigator.  A brief discussion will  also cover the upcoming NFPA 1321 Fire Investigation Unit Standard which  is due out for 
public comment this year.

To register for the event please use the link below!



Public notice is given that the Arizona Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention posts meeting notices at the Maricopa County Courthouse located at 201 W Jefferson Phoenix, AZ 85003.

The state conference this year was amazing! Thank you to all our speakers for your time and educating us. A special thanks to the members from the IAAI who joined us this year and for the insight and support they have given us as a state chapter. 

We are encouraging our members to support the IAAI financially on any level they can. Your donations keep them up to date with the latest training and knowledge in the industry! As a chapter we donated $2,500.00 to the IAAI in support of CFITRAINER.NET. This website has a wide variety of training modules to help you learn more about your profession and keep your training records up to date. If you have not taken advantage of this free service PLEASE DO SO!You can make your tax free donation to the IAAI by clicking here!

The theme throughout the training and lectures at this year's conference was evidence collection and documentation. Every presenter this year went over how their topic was greatly impacted by either good or bad documentation and evidence collection. We never know when we will be called to testify on a case we investigated, and proper evidence collection and documentation of the fire scene can be our best ally! Failure to do so can be our greatest mistake. 

A new section of the website has been added, which includes various images from this year's conference as well as past images. More images will be added as needed needed. If you have any pictures from past events please feel free to send them to!

Thank you to all who joined us this year. Your chapter exists to serve you, and needs your support to continue doing so! When you attend our training courses and conferences YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE! We look forward to seeing all of you in future. Stay safe out there and keep seeking for the truth!


Welcome to the Arizona Chapter of The International Association of Arson Investigators (AZIAAI). 

The AZIAAI is Arizona's oldest, most respected association for professionals who investigate fires and arsons, professionals who prosecute or defend fire/arson cases, insurance professionals who handle fire/arson claims and crime scene professionals who process fire/arson scenes.

The AZIAAI is Arizona's authority of experts in the field of fire/arson investigations. Our diverse group of members is well acquainted with fire/arson investigations, insurance claims, scene processing, prosecution/defense. 

If you would like more information on fire/arson investigations, or the services the AZIAAI provides please contact our communications director. We welcome media inquiries or requests as well as public requests for information.