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Understanding Commercial Kitchen Systems:  Inspections and Fire Investigation Seminar / Victoria, B.C. April 2015

In April 2015 CAFI presented a popular two-day course in Victoria, B.C. instructed by Phil Ackland of Phil Ackland and Associates.  The course was attended by insurance professionals, Fire Department investigators and inspectors, City and airport electrical inspectors, health authorities, independent investigators and fire protection safety personnel.  All registrants received a digital download of Phil Ackland’s Commercial Kitchen Fire Manual

On the first day participants learned to identify and evaluate cooking equipment and the by-products they create, fire suppression extinguishers and systems, common fire hazards, how to inspect and investigate fires in commercial kitchens, relevant installation and Fire Codes, exhaust cleaning requirements and non-compliant fire hazard issues.  On the second day participants inspected actual kitchen exhaust systems in local restaurants and a food court in downtown Victoria followed by a classroom discussion to review and critique inspection reports.

Participant post-seminar comments included:   Well structured seminar.  Plenty of information given, but in a well laid out manner; Very useful to go out on site visits; Conveyed info in an easy to understand way; and My first seminar through CAFI – great experience.

A special thank you to the Victoria Fire Department for hosting the seminar at their headquarters and arranging the site inspection of kitchen exhaust systems at various locations in Victoria. 

2. May 19-21, 2015 


NAFI/IAFI Canadian Frie, Arson and Explosion Investigation Program in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Hilton Winnipeg Airport Suites,located at 1800 Wellington Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 

The National Association of Fire Investigators and the International Association of Fire Investigators is offering a three day training program in Winnipeg, Manitoba May 19-21, 2015.  CAFI members registering for this program will be offered a $50 discount by entering the code I'm with CAFI in the Is anyone else from your company/agency coming? box on the on-line registration form.  Following the program the CFEI examination will be offered to those who qualify.

Click here for the program and registration form.  For further information on this program contact Fire Seminar, 857 Tallevast Road, Sarasota, FL, telephone 941-355-9079.


Meet the Instructors:

Wayne Chapdelaine

Wayne Chapdelaine has over 20 years as a fire & explosion investigator and is now the president of Metro Rural Fire Forensics, which serves eastern Canada. Chapdelaine is involved with numerous fire investigation committees and serves as a director for the National Association of Fire Investigators.

Mark Gruchy

Mark Gruchy is an associate with Gittens & Associates, a Newfoundland based law firm. Gruchy heads the firm's criminal law practice group and has extensive knowledge of the Canadian criminal code as it pertains to arson.

Gregory Gorbett

Greg Gorbett is currently an associate professor at Eastern Kentucky University. Gorbett has been on numerous NFPA and IFSTA validation committees, and has been a presenter nationally at a number of fire-related conferences. He currently serves on the NFPA 921 and 1033 committees, as well as a director for the National Association of Fire Investigators

Richard Meier

Richard Meier is a full time fire and explosion expert with the world's oldest fire investigation firm, John A. Kennedy & Associates. Meier has an extensive background in mechanical engineering and manufacturing. He serves as an alternate on NFPA 1033 and treasurer of NAFI.


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