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F.I.A.I. Annual Training Conference 2023

April 27, 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 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 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.


This training conference is accredited for 5 hours CPD with The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.


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

To register please email secretary@fireinvestigation.ie


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09.00 – 09.30



09.30 – 09.35

Opening Address

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


Chairperson – Morning Session

Dr Sheila Willis (Former Director General, Forensic Science Ireland)


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



Chairperson – Afternoon Session

Mr Andy Deal (Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service)


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



April 27, 2023




The O’Brien Institute in Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre, Marino, Dublin.
The O'Brien Institute in Dublin Fire Brigade Training Centre, Marino
Dublin, Ireland
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