Investigating Fatal Fires Conference November 8-9


The Northwestern Youth Fire Intervention Response, Education and Safety Partnership (NoFIRES), Northwestern District Attorney's Office, Massachusetts Department of Fire Services and Massachusetts State Police are teaming up again to present this year's NoFIRES conference on Investigating Fatal Fires, Nov. 8 and 9 at the Hadley Farms Meeting House, 8 a.m.- 4p.m., each day.

Topics at this year's two-day conference include assessing data in fatal fires, criminal investigation of fatal fires, the laws of interviewing, hoarding, critical incident stress management and the role and capabilities of accelerant dogs, among others. (An accelerant dog will be at the conference. For more information, visit

There will be a live burn presentation in the parking lot on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 3:30- 4:30 p.m.

State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey noted that “When a fatal fire occurs, the one thing we can do for the family is to solve the puzzle of what happened. It matters how the fire started in order to be able to prevent similar tragedies.”

“Training is key to being able to accurately determine how these tragic fires start,” Ostroskey said.

“We’ve had catastrophic fires with heartbreaking fatalities in both Hampshire and Franklin counties in recent years,” Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan said.  “This is critically important information.”

Attorney John Scheft, a leading legal expert who provides specialized training to Massachusetts law enforcement and first responders, is the keynote speaker.

"The NoFIRES program is very proud to host the 5th Annual Arson Investigation Conference,” Loren Davine, NoFIRES executive director, said. 

“Police detectives, fire investigators, and prosecutors from across the Commonwealth will learn best practices for investigating fatal fires and the proceeds of the conference will help us continue to offer fire safety education classes to youth that have misused fire."