New York State Fire Investigators

Training Opportunity

Sunday, January 4, 2015  The Department of Applied Forensic Sciences (DAFS) at Mercyhurst University is offering four Forensic Anthropology short courses during June of 2015. Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat, director of DAFS, has been offering these courses since 1992. Each course will be taught by several expert instructors in their respective disciplines and each course provides extensive hand-on learning opportunities.

Death Scene Archaeology: Field Methods in the Location Recovery & Interpretation of Human Remains in Outdoor Contexts will be held June 1-5. The course will focus on the application of Forensic Archaeological principles and methodologies to the recovery of human remains encountered in outdoor contexts. Students will participate in the search, excavation, mapping, and recovery of a mock surface scatter and burial using state of the art equipment and techniques.

Fragmentary Human Osteology will be held June 8-12. This course is designed to familiarize participants with fragmentary human skeletal remains (adult and sub-adult), while also covering forensic significance, human variation, and trauma, taphonomy and pathology. The Mercyhurst Forensic Anthropology Laboratories contain thousands of human bone fragments, a large comparative faunal collection, and an extensive collection of taphonomic and trauma altered human bone that students will be working with.

Analysis of Bone Trauma in Suspected Violent Deaths will be held June 15-19. The goal of this course is to acquaint participants with trauma timing, differentiation, interpretation, and reporting. Numerous case studies and real bone specimens will supplement lectures and demonstrations.

Documentation and Interpretation of the Fatal Fire Scene will be held June 22-26. Emphasis for this course will be placed on the application of Forensic Archaeological techniques to the recovery of victims from fatal fire scenes. Students and professionals will participate in a mock fatal fire recovery using protocols developed as part of a National Institute of Justice of funded grant awarded to DAFS in 2008. Modification of human remains by fire will also be covered.

More information is available to our members in the Training Tools File Locker of our MEMBERS ONLY SECTION.



Fire Scene - Winter 2014 Edition

Sunday, December 21, 2014   The 184th (Winter 2014) Edition of Fire Scene has been posted in the Members Only Section of our site.  Please take a moment to read the magazine to keep current on trends and the organization.  

Members who are experiencing issues with logging into the Members Only Section should contact a member of the Board of Directors.  See the Contact Us page.



Inaugural Icebreaker a Success

Saturday, November 8, 2014  Chapter 23's inaugural icebreaker event, held Wednesday afternoon November 5, 2014 has been very well received.  Members of the organization as well as several prospective members attended the event.  Participants had opportunity to meet with various vendors and enjoy the company of others.  Special thanks to all of the Chapter 23 Board members who helped organize the event, the staff of the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, all of the vendor sponsors for their time and support, and to all of the people that attended.  We look forward to this event becoming larger and more successful in 2015.



2014 Banquet and Installation of Officers

Saturday, November 8, 2014  The NYS Chapter 23 Banquet was held Thursday November 6, 2014 at the Montour Falls Fire Station.  NYS OFPC Deputy Chief Randi Shadic administered the  oaths of office to (l-r) Director at Large Ric Giampaolo, Southern Director Shawn Castano, Director at Large Joe Galloway, Southern Vice President Jason Mignano, Eastern Vice President Bill McGovern, Southeastern Vice President Rob Gerardi, Western Vice President Dixon Robin, and Secretary/Treasurer Ted Lachenauer.  

The banquet also provided opportunity for President Karasinski to recognize officers who have stepped down over the past year including, President Bill Schmitt, Vice President John Walsh, Vice President Pete Davis, Vice President Dan Tompkins, Director Kevin Parrett, and Director Nick Vilardo.  Best wishes to each of those gentlemen as they move on to their future endeavors, and thank you for your service to the organization!!




Sunday, July 20, 2014  We recently met with FireCompanies and began the process of updating our website.  Over the next few weeks they will work on developing the new site layout that we provided.  As this project moves forward we hope that you will find the new format more user friendly and easy to navigate. We will keep you updated on the progress of this transition.



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