IMPROVING FIRE INVESTIGATIONS WHILE GIVING MORE AMMUNITION TO TRIAL
ATTORNEYS: A FRESH LOOK AT THE 2014 EDITIONS OF NFPA 1033 AND 921
In 2014, and for the first time in sixteen years, the NFPA published in the same year new editions of both NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator and NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations. While the changes in the new editions of these industry standards have tremendous potential to improve the quality of fire investigations, they also provide additional ammunition to attorneys wanting to challenge investigators in court. In this webinar, two fire attorneys will share their insights into the most significant of these changes from a litigation perspective.
In this webinar, you will learn:
- How NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921 are directly relevant in challenging the qualifications and reliability of expert evidence under Daubert and state equivalents;
- Revisions in the 2014 editions that effectively merge NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921, together making them more powerful than ever in the hands of skilled trial attorneys;
- Implications of the expansion of NFPA 1033’s infamous “list of 13” minimum knowledge requirements to a “list of 16;” and the correlation between this “list of 16” and NFPA 921, which together raise the bar for fire investigators;
- The heightened standing that both NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921 give to ASTM standards, making these standards mandatory for a reliable investigation.
Don’t get blind-sided. Join Rick Hammond and Terry-Dawn Hewitt for this important webinar!