Topic ID #40826 - posted 3/25/2019 8:36 AM

Fatal Fire Victim Recovery - 2019 Summer Short Course in Gettysburg, PA


Course Title: Fatal Fire Victim Recovery and Interpretation 

Dates: July 10-13, 2019

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

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Course Description: This course is designed to introduce participants to the basics of properly processing complex and difficult fatal 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 tissue and hard biological tissues will also be detailed. A mock car fire scene involving a human proxy will be processed (excavation, mapping, and documentation) by the participants. How to interpret patterns of fire alteration of human tissue will be discussed. Methods for separating perimortem trauma from fire and heat alteration will be examined. Many actual forensic cases and significant hands-on opportunities will be presented. Dirkmaat is a board-certified forensic anthropology that has completed nearly 700 forensic anthropology cases (surface scatters of human remains, buried bodies, and fatal fire cases). Hochrein is a retired FBI agent who has worked on many high-profile cases such as the Oklahoma City and the Boston marathon bombers. 

Price: $850 (with a $100 discount if you register before the end of March)

Housing: Options are available for ~$25/night. Please contact for information. 

Credits: No course credits for college/universities are available for this course, but it has been approved for 28 ABMDI continuing education credit hours 

For more information and to register, visit our website: 


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