Fatal Fire Victim Recovery 

Primary Course Instructors: Dennis C. Dirkmaat, Ph.D., D-ABFA and Michael J. Hochrein (FBI, ret)

The one-day course is designed to introduce participants to the basics of properly processing rather complex and difficult fire scenes involving a human victim. The course will cover the basics of scene documentation (written, photographic, and cartographic [mapping] means) of both burned structures and car fires. The effects of fire and heat on soft and hard biological tissues will also be detailed. Forensic cases and the protocols developed as part of the U.S. National Institute of Justice Grant #2008- DN-BX-K131 will be discussed. An additional course offered on Saturday, Oct 26th, 2019, will offer participants the chance to use the skills they have learned in this course on a mock outdoor forensic scene involving a car fire with a human proxy. See the Hands-on Recovery Course description for details.

This course is offered in conjunction with Tripwire Operations Group.

Special Offer: 10% discount if you sign up for two of our one-day courses


Oct 24, 2019


Course Location: Gettysburg, PA


Course Participants: Coroner’s Office personnel, Law enforcement personnel, advanced undergraduates and graduate students (limited to 20 individuals)

*Approved for 8 PA Coroner's continuing education credit hours*

*Approved for 8 hours for IAI Initial Crime Scene certification and recertification*

Check out our course syllabus!

To register for this course: 

Please fill out the form below and pay via check or directly via our PayPal Button.

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Dennis Dirkmaat,
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Michael Hochrein,
FBI (Ret.)

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