Attention AZIAAI Members,

There are times when we, as a close-knit

community of brothers and sisters, rise to help

those in our family during a time of need.  One

such time is now.  Some of you, as AZIAAI

members, may remember Frank Molina from

the Salt River Fire Department.  Frank was a

long-time member of our organization and

spent countless hours devoted to furthering

the AZIAAI mission.  Frank was a friend to all

from the moment he met you.  I could go on

forever about the man, his devotion, and the

many sacrifices he made for his family, his

community, and our organization.  Frank was

my inspiration to become a fire investigator

as he arrived at the door to my house one day

with his chief uniform and wearing a weapon on his hip.  I spent many evenings with him and his family at Hospice in June and July, 2009 while I was attending ALEA.  The irony of the timing I will never understand.  Frank passed away on July 20, 2009 after a second heroic battle with cancer, at the young age of 41.  He never gave up until he took his last breath.  Above all else, he loved his family and wished that they would always be taken care of.  

In 2010, our AZIAAI recognized Frank’s contribution of service by changing the name of the Distinguished Service Award (of which he was a recipient) to the Frank J. Molina Distinguished Service Award.  I was honored and humbled to be the first recipient of this newly named award presented by Therese Molina in July, 2010 at our Annual General Meeting.

Frank, his Therese and his children lived down the street from me for several years until I moved.  To this day, I have kept in touch with Therese and his grown children whom he would be so proud of.  This brings me to the point of this email.  Frank and Therese Molina’s adult son Lucas was just married earlier this year and lived in Detroit, Oregon.  A little over a week ago, on September 8, 2020 they were given immediate evacuation orders from their home and left with just one vehicle and what they could hurriedly pack into it.  They were advised the night of September 9 that their entire home and all their possessions were completely consumed in the devastating Beachie Creek and Lionshead fire.  

A friend of the family has created a GoFundMe account in their name to help with short-term costs and to help fill the void of uncertainty left in the aftermath.  It is my fervent desire and sincerest hope that our AZIAAI Chapter members can come together once again to support a fallen brother whose son and new wife have lost everything.  Please consider the link below for your giving and I thank you on behalf of the entire Frank J. Molina Family.

Keith Paffrath


Arson I & IV are open for registration in November. Please check our

calendar for upcoming

training, meetings and

other events.


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. 

Election Results Are In!

The elections results are in for all board positions. Please see your new officer roster by clicking here!


Desert Diamond was expected to reopen on October 1st but did not and does not have a new projected opening. As such the training will now take place at the Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites.

Cost, timing and city location will not change and for those whom have booked with Desert Diamond already we are working with Desert Diamond and the Sheraton to move reservations so that you are not inconvenienced by the change... Again, if you already booked a room at Desert Diamond, YOU WILL HAVE A NEW ROOM at the Sheraton and NO ACTION IS NEEDED.

If you have not already booked, you must book by October 16th, 2020 in order to receive the rate of $96 a night. Information for booking is below:

Event Dates: November 1-6, 2020
Last Day to book: October 16th, 2020

Guests can also call 1-800-325-3535 to book their reservation.  Just ask for the International Association of Arson Investigation or IAAI Room Block.
If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask.

Click on the link below or see website listed below
Book your group rate for International Association of Arson Investigation

Instructions:  Please enter reservation dates prior to hitting the “Check Availability” button as rooms/rates are available a few days before and following the event.


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.

It has come to the Chapters attention that scammers have been obtaining Chapter Board Members personal emails to illicit funds and gift card. If you receive such an email, please do not purchase gift card, or send money on behalf of the Chapter. We will not ask members to purchase items for the Chapter.

The Chapter will be removing all personal emails from our website to prevent this from happening in future. Please use the “Contact Us” form which will enable you to contact the Chapter.

Thank you for understanding,

Virginia Holtzclaw, President