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!

COVID-19 Response

2019-03-17 letter from our President, Christopher J. Reed, MSc. Eng. (Fire), P.Eng.:

March 17, 2020

Dear members of Chapter 15,

The BC Chapter 15 executive recognizes that with the constantly changing COVID-19 situation around the world, this is an unprecedented time for everyone — a time that, for many, is filled with uncertainty, frustration, and concern. Our hearts and thoughts go out to each and every one of you and your friends and families.

Considering the most recent news and announcements from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local and federal governments, the executive has cancelled monthly director meetings and instead will be conducting conference call meetings and email / phone correspondence only until further notice.

Regrettably, we are postponing the May 8, 2020 IAAI Spring Seminar Dealing With Fire Investigation Involving Fatalities that was to be held in Penticton, BC on May 8, 2020. We will continue to evaluate the opportunity to host this seminar at another date.

Registrations for the currently scheduled Annual Training Conference and AGM scheduled for
September 21st-25th, 2020 in Chilliwack, BC are still being accepted. This event, however; will depend on the status of the current COVID-19 situation. Please follow our website for up to date details.

Many of our members are front line first responders while others are required to travel to fire scenes and coordinate with the public, contractors, witnesses, and other emergency services. As with every fire scene and evidence examination, the IAAI encourages appropriate NFPA and WSBC health and safety protocols. Please follow your department guidelines and direction from local authorities to do our part and promote protective measures and appropriate social distancing where possible.

Please be safe and stay healthy.

Christopher J. Reed, MSc. Eng. (Fire), P.Eng.
President, Chapter 15 British Columbia
International Association of Arson Investigators


Please be advised that, due to circumstances surrounding the Emergency Health situation, we have decided to indefinitely postpone the spring seminar of May 8, 2020 in Penticton, BC. The intention will be to have the seminar at a later, safer date. We appreciate your patience in processing the registration refunds.

2020 Fire and Explosion Investigation Training Event

Save the date! Our flagship major training event has been confirmed for September 21-25, 2020, in Chilliwack, BC

This training program includes hands-on participation in fire scene investigations at several staged fire scenes as well as attending lectures at the Pacific Regional Training Centre. Hosted by the BC-IAAI Chapter 15 executive, this 5-day training program, based on NFPA 921 – Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, addresses the technical and scientific knowledge and skills needed to conduct successful fire/arson investigations.

Accommodation and registration details are still in planning, so please check back here for updates, which will be posted as they become available.

Please see the below flyer for more information.