International Training Conference & Expo


Fundamentals of Fire Investigation

Monday, April 11, 2022 (1:00pm – 5:00pm) (Daytona Room)
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 (8:00am – 5:00pm) (Daytona Room)
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 (8:00am – 5:00pm) (Daytona Room)
Thursday, April 14, 2022 (8:00am – 5:00pm) (Daytona Room)
, April 15, 2022 (8:00am – 12:00pm) (Daytona Room)
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 designed to be taught in a week-long period but can be spread out over time depending on the needs of the agency or department. This course provides the basis for the IAAI Fire Investigation Technician certification. Registrants must attend each day to receive 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.  


Jason Mardirosian

Jason is Vice-President of FSI Inc, a forensic fire & explosion Investigative firm, and has been with the company since 2003. 

Additionally, Jason has taught both nationally and internationally for the IAAI, the US Dept. of Justice, the US State Dept. and various other agencies and organizations. Mr. Mardirosian is also on staff as an instructor at the University of Illinois. 

Currently, Jason is the President of the Illinois chapter of the IAAI and was the IAAI 2006 recipient of the Investigator of the Year award.