Idaho Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators 2015 Annual Conference and Business Meeting was held November 3-5, 2015 in Moscow, Idaho. Burn to Learn training was presented by Jamie Novak in a 2.5 days class combining hands-on, live burning and classroom instruction.
Instructor: Jamie Novak
IAAI-CFI and IAAI-CI
Classroom and live burning exercises
"Burn to Learn is a hands on practical class where students get to watch fires started right in front of them. This class will give students the first hand knowledge and experience to testify about such things as: fire-safe cigarettes; cigarettes starting potted plants on fire; spontaneous combustion of linseed oil and stains; flammable liquid pour patterns; aerosol can behavior when attacked by fire; gasoline and cigarettes, lighter behavior when attacked by fire; toaster and coffe maker fires; cellulose insulation fires; and much more! They will also see full room involvement of a compartment fire and the effects of flash-over and full room involvement."
Jamie Novak's Bio
Jamie Novak has 28 years in the fire service. He is a full time fire investigator with the St. Paul Fire Department for the last 12 plus years. Former Chief Fire Investigator of St. Paul Fire Department until budget cuts in 1998. He was a former Deputy State Fire Marshal Investigator for the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office and their training coordinator of the fire investigation courses for 11 plus years.
He was originally from Golden Valley Fire Department, where he started as a Volunteer Firefighter and then was hired as a part-time Fire Inspector and then full time before being hired by the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s office. He was the President of the MN Chapter of the IAAI for 12 plus years, and former board member of the IAAI. He is a Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI). He is also licensed as a private Fire investigator with the MN Private Detectives board.
He started his business Novak Investigations in 2000 conducting Fire investigations for Insurance companies and Attorneys and Manufactures.
He has burned approximately 80+ houses and blown up 7 houses and 14 cubicles, and conducted over 900 plus burns. He has instructed in the field of gas explosions throughout the USA and overseas. Mr. Novak has assisted or coordinated with hundreds of test burns of various sizes including setting experimental burns in more than 70 houses, and explosions in 7 houses.
He has presented at numerous conferences around the country and at international events. He gave a presentation on various types of combustion explosions to the members of the London Fire Brigade Fire Investigation Group and the Arson Reduction Team. Their work reached a notable milestone in 2003 when they launch the first IAAI Chapter in the British Isles: IAAI-UK.