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IRIS Fire Investigations Hosted MSU Denver Fire Science Students for Interactive Fire Education Workshop Nov. 9

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136,Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: November 7, 2013

WHAT: Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Fire and Emergency Services students will participate in a daylong interactive fire and safety workshop offered by IRIS Fire Investigations, an independent fire investigations and training company. IRIS employees will present criminal arson case studies, live firecombustion demonstrations, canine investigation presentations and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) demonstrations. Laura Triem, MSU Denver former forensic anthropology student who survived being hit by a light rail train on Nov. 11, 2011, also will give a special community safety presentation.

WHY: IRIS employees have volunteered their time and facilities to educate students on the latest technology and strategies to supplement whatstudents are learning in MSU Denver’s Fire Prevention Organization class as part of the Fire Science and Emergency Services Program.

WHEN/ WHERE: Saturday Nov. 9, 2013, 8a.m. - 5 p.m.
IRIS Fire Investigations (99 Inverness Drive East, Unit 160, Englewood, CO 80112)

Schedule of Activities


Introductions & class business

8-9 a.m.

Arson case study – children killed by fire: “Money, Meth and Murder”

9-10 a.m.

Laura Triem – community safety presentation, “Look up and Live”

10-10:30 a.m.

The Lassie Project – child safety initiative

10:30-11:30 a.m.

UAV/ Quadcopter demonstration


Lunch break

Noon – 1 p.m.

Live fire demonstration (science, combustion and behavior)

1 – 2 p.m.

Canine demonstration (accelerated detection exercise)

2 – 3 p.m.

Live fire progression demonstration (reduced-scale enclosure)

3-4 p.m.

Live backdraft demonstration (smoke reading and fire behavior)

4-5 p.m.

Students, faculty and IRIS staff will be available for interviews, including:
Michael Stanley – Aurora Fire Department captain/paramedic and MSU Denver affiliate professor
John Guydon –  A founder of the Lassie Project
Laura Triem – Light rail accident survivor and community safety advocate


About the Fire and Emergency Services Program
The Fire and Emergency Services Program at MSU Denver is the only place-based bachelor’s program within Colorado that is certified at the federal level by the Fire and Emergency Services of Higher Education program of FEMA U.S. Fire Administration. The program offers curriculum highly desired by most fire chiefs as it extends beyond the range of firefighting and emergency medical technician services into organizational and interpersonal communications. The degree is currently offered as a pilot omnibus program through MSU Denver’s Individualized Degree Program in conjunction with the Human Services department. Courses currently offered include: Fire and Emergency Services Administration; Community Risk Reduction for Fire and Emergency Services; Applications of Fire Research; Political and Legal Foundations for Fire Protection and Fire Prevention Organization. With the continued support from five Denver metro-area fire departments and the community, MSU Denver’s fire science pilot program has potential to become a permanent offering at the University.
About IRIS Fire Investigations, Inc.
IRIS Fire Investigations, Inc. was started in 2002 to provide fire and explosion origin and cause investigations, litigation support, training, and consulting.  Since that time, it has grown every year. IRIS investigators currently provide more than 40 years of cumulative experience in fire and explosion investigations and 60 years of public safety service. IRIS investigators have provided training all over the world, including Hong Kong, South Africa, Israel, Malaysia, Botswana and Australia.  IRIS Fire Investigations, Inc. is in the Inverness Business Complex, 99 Inverness Dr.East, Suite 160, Englewood, CO 80112.

About Metropolitan State University of Denver
MSU Denver is a leader in educating undergraduate Coloradans and enrolls the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges. The University currently has more than 22,000 students and offers 55 majors, plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. It boasts more than 75,000 alumni, the bulk of whom remain in Colorado after graduation.