The 11th Vehicle Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation Science and Technology Seminar is designed to meet the training requirements for the Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator Certification Program established by the National Certification Board. The investigation of fires and explosions in motor vehicles is a specialized aspect of fire investigation requiring specific knowledge and expertise. Our panel of NAFI instructors will present illustrated lectures covering such topics as:

  • Basic Vehicle Operation
  • Vehicle Research
  • Information Sources
  • Electrical Systems
  • Scene Documentation
  • Vehicle Documentation
  • Fuel Systems
  • Vehicle Fuels
  • Vehicle Accident Documentation
  • Use of Computer Programs
  • Post-crash Fuel Fed Fires
  • FMVSS Standards
  • SAE Standards
  • “Black Box” Crash Data Retrieval
  • “Hands-On” Field Examinations
  • Staged Vehicles & Live Burns
  • Case Evaluation of Stage Vehicles
  • Vehicle Recalls - Service Bulletins
  • Vehicle Products Liability

This program’s focus is on proper investigation techniques for motor vehicles as outlined in the Motor Vehicle Fires chapter of NFPA 921- Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.

Electronic Seminar Handouts

No more heavy books. The seminar materials will be distributed on a Thumb Drive only.

This year's program is Organized by Investigations Institute and Sponsored by NAFI.

CFEI and CVFI Examinations

The CFEI examination will be offered on September 17, 2019 in conjunction with this NAFI sponsored training program. In order to take the examination, the applicant must be a member of NAFI and should submit a completed CFEI application to the NAFI office. Every applicant must meet the requirements of the National Certification Board and must pay an additional $75.00* fee. (This is a $50 discount off the regular fee).

The CVFI examination will be offered on September 19, 2019. In order to take the examination, the applicant must be a member of NAFI and a CFEI and should submit a completed CVFI application to the NAFI office. Every applicant must meet the requirements of the National Certification Board and must pay an additional $75.00* fee.

Registrants may sit for both exams at the training program.

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Please be aware this schedule is subject to change.

Conference Fees

A single $50.00 discount is available for NAFI Members, Early Registration or Multiple Registrations. Conference fees include all course materials. Fees DO NOT include lodging.


Certification Exams

During this conference the following certification exams will be offered.


Monday, September 16

7:00 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:30 Welcoming Remarks
9:30 - 10:00 NFPA 921 – Vehicle Chapter Update
10:00 - 11:00 Code Making Process – NFPA 1033 and 921
11:15 - 12:00 Vehicle Fire Chemistry
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 3:45 Vehicle Fire Dynamics
3:45 - 4:00 Break
4:00 - 5:45 Vehicle Mechanical Systems

Tuesday, September 17

8:00 - 9:30 Vehicle Electrical Systems
9:30 - 9:45 Break
9:45 - 11:00 Documenting the Vehicle Fire
11:00 - 11:15 Break
11:15 - 12:00 Vehicle Fire Safety Standards 
12:00 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 Origin Determination
2:45 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 4:15 Cause Determination
4:15 - 5:15 Safety
6:00 - 8:00 CFEI Examination

Wednesday, September 18

8:00 - 8:30 General Discussion and bus loading
8:30 - 9:00 Travel to burn site
9:00 - 12:00 Live fire evolutions
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 5:00 Burned Vehicle Examinations
5:00 - 5:30 Travel back to hotel

Thursday, September 19

8:00 - 9:15 Post-Collison Fuel Fed Fires
9:15 - 10:30 Sources of Information
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00 Vehicle Arson
12:00 - 1:00 Seminar Closing and Discussions 
1:00 - 1:30 Break
1:30 - 3:30 CVFI Exam


Conference Details

This year's training program will be held at the Hilton Lexington. All field day activites will be held at the Scott County Fire Department Training Grounds. Transportation will be provided to and from the training grounds.

All invoices are due upon receipt. Prepaid fees are fully refundable until August 16, 2019; thereafter, individual registrants may be substituted, but refunds will not be made. Your registration is NOT a reservation but a commitment to attend and pay for the Training Program. Registrants who carry a balance due may have their registration cancelled if we go on a Waiting List after being sold out.

Special room rates of $134.00 per night (single or double) have been arranged at the Hilton Lexington. This rate is on a first come basis and the hotel will likely sell out. The special room rate is available until August 27, 2019 or until sold out, which ever comes first. Hotel reservations should be made by calling 1-859-231-9000.

*By Submitting your registration you agree to be included in the training program participant list.

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About the Hilton Lexington

Book online through the hotel's website or by phone at 1-859-231-9000 and use the discount code "NAFI19" to enjoy a special attendees-only room rate of $134.00

369 West Vine St. | Lexington, KY 40507

Optional Textbooks

For advanced shipment of these materials please order them directly from the NAFI store.

  • NFPA 921 - Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations (available for pick up only unless ordered through the NAFI store) $100.00
  • NFPA 1033 - Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators (available for pick up only unless ordered through the NAFI store) $35.00
  • CFEI Study Guide - PDF Format (Emailed) $14.00

Optional Materials

The following supplemental material are available for pre-order. You may select these items on your registration form.

  • CFEI Practice Exam & Study Guide - Prepare for the CFEI Exam $14.00
  • NFPA 1033: 2014 Edition - A must for your library. $35.00
  • NFPA 921 - Edition 2017 - Newest Edition of NFPA 921 $100.00

Conference Forms