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APRIL 7-12 2024


Fundamentals of Fire Investigation

Monday, April 8, 2024 (1:00pm - 5:00pm) (Melrose 4)
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 (8:00am - 5:00pm) (
Melrose 4)
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 (8:00am - 5:00pm) (
Melrose 4)
Thursday, April 11, 2024 (8:00am - 5:00pm) (
Melrose 4)
Friday, April 12, 2024, (8:00am - 12:00pm) (
Melrose 4)

This course is designed to provide the new fire investigator with the prerequisite knowledge necessary to properly determine the origin and cause of a fire and to refresh the experienced fire investigator with his/her current knowledge base as it relates to the scientific investigation of a fire scene. 

The course is a week-long. You are required to attend each day to complete the course for testing. This course provides the basis for the IAAI Fire Investigation Technician certification. 40 hours of tested training


Barry Grimm

Detective Grimm served as a police officer in The Middletown Township, NJ Police Department for 37 years prior to his retirement in 2008. Barry attained the rank of Detective First Class in the Major Crimes unit; in addition, he was a forensic identification specialist and fire/arson Investigator for the Department. Detective Grimm provided technical, photographic and laboratory assistance in almost every significant investigation, including homicides, sudden deaths, burglaries, narcotic offenses, and fire investigations.

Since 1985, Barry has been an Adjunct Instructor for the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD., teaching numerous courses offered in the Arson Curriculum, specifically interview/interrogation Courtroom Techniques, and Fire/Arson Investigation. He had been selected by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) as a subject matter expert in the redevelopment of the former Fire/Arson courses offered at the National Fire Academy and has been one of the primary instructors since the initial offering. In July 2007 Detective Grimm has been a SME to rewrites of both Forensic Evidence and Interview Interrogation Courtroom having taught the initial offering of courses. Barry has appeared on CFITriainer.Net and is an SME in the IAAI evidence curriculum and is also found in the IAAI First Responder Video. Barry has provided training courses and spoke at numerous training seminars and conferences across the country. Barry further has recently (March 2017) participated on a steering committee reviewing the entire Fire Arson Curriculum at the National Fire Academy and discussing, among many other things “best practices” for the Academy moving forward improving the education of fire investigators. Barry served as an SME on the new six-day Report writing and Courtroom class, teaching the first offering in January of 2020.

Barry Grimm is the Past President of the New Jersey Chapter of the IAAI and is the current T&E Chair. Barry served as a Director at the International level as is currently a Past President of the International (2019-2020) serving on the T&E committee. Barry is a former Fire Chief of the Middletown Township Volunteer Fire Department, on the largest volunteer fire departments in the country, 330 active members operating out of 11 stations, serving a population of over 85,000.


Dixon Robin

Dixon is the owner of Fire Sequence Investigations LLC, a private fire and explosion investigation firm based out of Rochester, New York. Dixon retired in 2021 as a Supervisory Special Agent/CFI with ATF. As an ATF National Response Team (NRT) Supervisor, Dixon lead a veteran team of Special Agent/CFIs and subject matter experts in investigating large fire, bombing, and explosion events throughout the country.

Dixon was employed in Federal law enforcement for over 26 years, the bulk of that career being spent at ATF as a Special Agent/Certified Fire Investigator in Rochester, NY.  In addition to working with ATF’s NRT, Dixon worked daily with the Rochester Arson Task Force.

Dixon is an IAAI Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) and Certified Instructor (CI) and has instructed courses internationally at the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA), the National Fire Academy (NFA), the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), and at a variety of venues throughout the United States.  Dixon is currently the President of the New York State Chapter of the IAAI. 

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