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Change of Date for 2024 F.I.A.I. Annual Training Conference

Unfortunately the 2024 F.I.A.I. Annual Training Conference has been postponed from its originally planned date in June and will now take place in the Autumn instead.

The conference will still be hosted in Northern Ireland and we hope for the event to take place in early October 2024.

Further details will be published here and from the F.I.A.I. LinkedIn page once the new date and venue details are confirmed.



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Speakers & Schedule Confirmed for the 2023 FIAI Annual Training Conference – 27th April 2023

The Fire Investigators Association of Ireland 2023 Annual Training Conference will be taking place on Thursday 27th April 2023 at The O’Brien Institute in Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre, Marino, Dublin.

We have an excellent line-up of speakers now confirmed, who will be delivering presentations related to our general theme of Modern Techniques & Development in Fire Scene Investigation.

Details of the schedule for the day are outlined below.

The morning session will be chaired by Dr Sheila Willis, former Director General of Forensic Science Ireland.  The afternoon session will be chaired by Mr Andy Deal of Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service.

The FIAI are delighted to be returning to an in-person ATC for the first time since 2019.

We look forward to meeting industry colleagues again for what will be a fantastic opportunity for both learning and networking.


The cost is only €35/£30 for members and €45/£40 for non-members, including a light lunch

To register please email


FIAI ATC 2023 Flyer



09.00 – 09.30



09.30 – 09.35

Opening Address

Mr Dennis Keeley (Chief Fire Officer, Dublin Fire Brigade)


09.35 – 10.20

Fires involving Photovoltaic (PV) Systems: Causes, Risks and Recommendations.

Mr. James Acott (Fire Investigations (UK) LLP)


10.20 – 11.00

Forensic Guidance for the Primary Emergency Services when Interacting with Scenes containing Fatalities

Detective Cathal Brennan (An Garda Síochána)


11.00 – 11.30



11.30 – 12.35

Forensic Human Identification in Fatal Fire Cases

Dr René Gapert (Consultant Forensic Anthropologist) & Dr Stephen Clifford (Forensic Science Ireland)


12.35 – 13:20

Fingerprint Retrieval at Fire Scenes

Mr Jack Deans (Gardiner Associates Training & Research)


13.20 – 14.20



14:20 – 15:05

Fatal Fire – O2 Cylinder

Mr Jason Dean (Engineering Forensics Ltd.)


15:05 – 15.45

‘It’s More Than A Headset’

Mr Brad Woodward (Reality in Virtual Reality (RiVR))


15.45 – 16.00



16.00 – 16.30


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Irish Chief Fire Officers Association’s 6th International Safety Education Seminar

The Irish Chief Fire Officers Association is hosting the 6th International Safety Education seminar in the Croke Park conference centre on 7th and 8th December with the support of the European Fire Safety Alliance (?”> and the Federation of European Fire Officers (FEU)(  The seminar is being organised as part of the events of European Fire Safety Week which is commencing on 29th November.

There is an impressive line-up of speakers organized to speak on various fire safety themes at the seminar, from a range of international backgrounds.

For full details about the seminar, please log onto the seminar website at

Please contact any of the organising team at if you have any queries. The closing date for delegate registration is November 30th.

Please find the Seminar Program and the Delegate Booking Form at the links below.

Seminar-programme-final.pdf (1855 downloads ) ISES-2021-Delegate-Form-v2-1.docx (1780 downloads )

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