International Association of Arson Investigators BC Chapter 15

The membership of BC Chapter 15 IAAI consists of public and private sector fire investigators, police and fire personnel, safety authority staff, insurance professionals, military personal, educational institutions and other special investigators. Our goal is to provide information on upcoming training seminars and events, information on where to access further training and professional development resources, links to information sources, provide tools for conducting arson investigations.

Active memberships are presently only $30 per year. We are certain that we provide excellent value for a low professional membership fee! Email Glenn Danks at gdanks(at) to complete your application today if you are not already a member. If you are actively involved in the field of fire investigation within the Province of British Columbia you belong here and we welcome you!

2022-11: Our last event was the Major Training Event of Oct. 3rd – 7th, 2022 in Chilliwack

By all accounts our week-long Major Training Event was a marked success and we extend our thanks to everyone who contributed to that, including the students! The classroom training was held at the Pacific Regional Training Centre in Chilliwack and the hands-on burn cells were graciously hosted by Abbotsford Fire Rescue Service (“AFRS”).

We welcome and encourage feedback from attendees so that we can continue to develop training to meet the needs of the membership and look forward to presenting further opportunities soon.

Firefighters look onto to a burn cell with fire venting from the doorway opening.

2022-03-15: President’s Message

Optimism is the outlook for 2022 as our Training Committee plans the first hands-on fire investigation training event in over two years. Last year we hosted a classroom based 3 day event that was a huge success despite the mandatory mask requirement we all had to work with. This year we are expanding to a 5 day event with a hands-on fire investigation day where attendees will put together a report on pre-burned cubicles ignited with various arson related methods. These will be cold scenes which will be burned 7 days prior and allowed to ventilate to maximize the safety of our attendees and instructors.

We continue to have monthly director meetings to discuss other training events we can provide before October as well. Virtual meetings made necessary by the pandemic have proved to be a valuable tool for providing access to some of our more remote members, and we will keep that option open from now on. Please remember our meetings are open to all members, so if you would like to attend please contact us for a link.

As of March 2022 we have 12 Directors, 29 Full IAAI members and 63 members of the BC Chapter in our group. That is a great pool of talent and if you feel you can offer something to our members in a presentation or a meeting please let us know. Live fire burns are harder and harder to arrange these days so if you have any hypothesis you would like to test during one of our burns please let us know that as well, we are already working with one member to potentially do just that.

All the best for 2022 and we hope to see you at one of our training events this year!