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 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!


When: On April 11th, 2019

Nanaimo Fire Rescue will be hosting a 4 hour seminar on Complex multi-Agency Fire Investigations. From 9:30AM until 2:00PM

RSVP to allan.millbank(at), only 40 seats available. $40 per person payment at the door. Credit is accepted.


666 Fitzwilliam Street, Nanaimo Fire Rescue Station 1

Public Parking is available at 299 Selby Street 1/2 block East of Fire Station 1.

The Speakers are Rich Pala Assistant Chief and Detective Sargent Bryan Rowan both of Saanich, BC. Both speakers are presenting at the IAAI ITC event in Jacksonville Florida.

This is unique opportunity for investigators on Vancouver Island.

Cost: $40


Bryan Rowan

D/Sgt Bryan ROWAN is currently in his 19th year of policing and has spent 12 years working in covert physical surveillance units and Major Crime Units.  Sgt ROWAN has covertly watched hundreds of criminals prepare for and commit crimes as well as interviewed and obtained confessions from convicted criminals, gaining special insight into the minds of criminals.   Sgt ROWAN has worked on and led many complex, high profile and successful criminal investigations including several arson investigations as the Primary Investigator or Team Commander in charge of the investigative team assigned to the case.

Rich Pala

Rich Pala has been with the Fire Service for 29 years and is currently the Chief Fire Prevention Officer and lead Fire Investigator with the Saanich Fire Department, as well as the Subject Matter Expert for the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Fire Investigation program. Major case assignments have included complex fire investigations, homicide/arson fires and explosions. Rich has presented at conferences and training seminars to Fire and Law Enforcement personnel at both the Municipal and Federal level as well as having presented internationally in the United Arab Emirates, Belize, El Salvador and Saudi Arabia. Rich has participated on Advisory Boards for both the Office of the Fire Commissioner (BC) and the Justice Institute for curriculum development and qualifications standards for Fire Investigators.

​In addition to reviewing case files in support of litigation, Rich has also provided expert witness testimony at both the Provincial and Supreme Court (of Canada) levels.


I’ve Lost My Moral Compass: A Case Study of an Interagency Investigation into Two Complex Arsons

This case study highlights the methodology and application of the investigative process used by both the Fire and Police Investigators on two separate but related arson fires that occurred in 2016.  A chemical fire set in a big box Home improvement store during business hours and a 3 storey townhouse under construction set at night that spread to an occupied townhouse. The audience will follow the investigative process and get a behind the scenes look at the work their counter-agencies perform in these complex investigations.  This presentation will showcase the need for and benefit of inter-agency cooperation.

The narrative, delivered by the Lead Fire Investigator and Police Detective will be augmented with video taken by witnesses and will include a video re-enactment provided by the arsonist. The audience will get a rare insight into the mindset of the arsonist through the re-enactment where he talks of motive, means and opportunity in his fire sets.

This case will reinforce the use of the Scientific Method as outlined in NFPA 921 Guide for Fire & Explosion Investigations detailing the process used by the Fire Investigators in their origin and cause investigation as well the multi-faceted criminal investigation resulting in the arsonist’s conviction.

Planning involved for a complex investigation including inter-agency briefings

Topics to be discussed:

  • Safety hazards encountered and control measures employed.
  • Documentation and information gathering/sharing.
  • What does an undertermined cause mean and how is that of value to the Police.
  • Police surveillance techniques and hold-back information, what does the fire investigator need to know to do his/her job effectively.
  • The ‘confession, re-enactment and sentencing.