International Training Conference & Expo


Improving Fire Investigator Health and Safety – Part 3 Where Do We Go from Here?

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 (3:00pm – 5:00pm) (Ballroom 5)


The first part of this session completes our review of current fire investigator-focused research projects by looking at the AFG-funded fire investigator apparel and decon wipes analysis study being conducted by the Fire Protection Research Foundation and North Carolina State University, and the fire investigator particulate exposure study underway at London South Bank University. Then there will be information on the IAAI’s new Fire Investigator Accident and Near-Miss Reporting Program and an update on the Fire Investigator Health and Safety Best Practices’ forthcoming third edition. The session finishes with a moderated roundtable discussion and Q&A with all of today’s presenters to discuss the future of fire investigator health and safety.


Dr. Bryan Ormond

As a researcher in the Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC) since 2007, Dr. Bryan Ormond has focused on developing test methods, standards, equipment, and ensembles for first responders and military personnel to address protection from chemical, particulate, and thermal hazards. His doctoral research with TPACC focused on developing NC. State University's Man-in-Stimulant-Test (MIST) Facility to evaluate the whole ensemble protection provided by chemical protective ensembles. He has organized and conducted all MIST testing projects in the facility's decade of operation and has had the opportunity to investigate the factors affecting the test.

He currently serves as the chairman for the ASTM F23.30 subcommittee on chemical hazards and is a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Protective Clothing and Equipment, as well as an active participant in the NFPA Technical Committee on Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment.

Dr. Ormond has secured numerous grants and contracts with federal and industrial agencies and organizations to research and develop more effective protective equipment and practices to address the cancer concerns in the fire service. These projects include developing a smoke-resistant turnout ensemble, a comprehensive evaluation of particulate-blocking firefighter hoods, an evaluation of enhanced cleaning procedures for turnout gear, and an assessment of the protection of fire investigator ensembles and preliminary exposure reduction strategies. In 2021, Dr. Ormond has also begun two projects focused on the tradeoffs associated with PFAS in firefighting gear and the dermal absorption of PFAS compounds from gear. 


Dr. Peter Mansi

Dr. Peter Mansi is an IAAI-certified fire investigator, member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, and Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers. He has attended and passed a Origin and Cause and Courtroom Techniques Course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre, Glencoe, Georgia, USA, and a CFI re-certification course with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives in Washington, DC USA. Peter has developed a unique, comprehensive fire investigation methodology, having designed a series of 23 Fire Investigation Road Maps (FIRMs) and associated guidance to enable the investigator to identify and analyze all available data relating to an incident without bias, as part of his Ph.D. thesis based on the study of fire investigation methodologies. This allows a thorough, rigorous, and systematic approach to fire investigations to collect all available data. As London Fire Brigade's Borough Commander of the City of London and Group Manager for the Fire Investigation Team, Peter has been involved, either directly or indirectly, with many of the most high profile fire investigations within the UK and Ireland for over more than a decade; Bethnal Green Road Fire Fighter fatalities; Stevenage Fire Fighter fatalities; Iron Mountain data storage warehouse fire; the Cutty Sark fire; 'Operation Refit' murder investigation (Hertfordshire); Bray, Co Wicklow (Ireland) Fire Fighter fatalities; Warwickshire Fire Fighter fatalities; the Royal Marsden Hospital; the Lakanal high rise multi-fatal fire and the Southampton (Hampshire) double firefighter fatalities. Since moving into the private sector in 2012, he has carried out fire investigations around the UK, the Middle East, and Europe. Peter was the 2014-2015 president of the IAAI and is the co-chair of the Health & Safety Committee.


Jeff Pauley

Jeff Pauley is the IAAI Health & Safety Committee chairman and represents the IAAI on the Oversight and Planning Board of the federally funded Fire Fighter Cancer Cohort Study's Fire Investigator Expansion Study. Jeff is on the technical advisory panels for the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute's post-fire environment research project and the AFG-funded North Carolina State University/Fire Protection Research Foundation research project. In addition, he is a corporate post-fire scene health and safety consultant, a fire investigator with EFI Global, Inc., and the former fire marshal for Bedford County, Virginia. Jeff holds many Virginia and North Carolina fire service certifications and is an IAAI-certified fire investigator and certified instructor. Jeff is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals, the International Society for Respiratory Protection, and the Institution of Fire Engineers. Jeff holds a BS in management studies from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in occupational safety and health from Columbia Southern University. He has written many published articles on various aspects of the post-fire environment and regularly presents on fire investigator health and safety and related topics.