Open Lecture: Fundamentals of Fire Investigation - Anthony Murray FWG Forensics

3 May 2019 13:45-15:00, Wrexham, United Kingdom

Open Lecture - all welcome.

A fire investigation is a systematic line of inquiry that holds the goal of determining where and how a fire started. This is carried out by responding to the scene, observing fire patterns, interviewing witnesses, and considering the circumstances surrounding the incident.

The last 30 years have seen a dramatic change in the standards of performance expected of fire investigators. Such changes have been brought to the forefront following several high-profile miscarriages of justice.  
The scientific method is now recognised as the core analytical process that leads to accurate and defensible conclusions in fire investigation.
This presentation aims to give its observers an insight into the role of the fire investigator. It covers an introduction to fire science, and how fire science is used on the field. It also aims to give an appreciation of the importance of delivering a fair and unbiased fire investigation.
This presentation will also identify the deadly chain of events which cost the lives of 72 people at the Grenfell Tower in 2017. This incident remains the worst UK residential disaster since the Second World War. We will close on a discussion on how we can learn from this disaster for the generations to follow.

Anthony is a Fire/Forensic Investigator for FWG Forensics, a fire, explosion and forensic engineering investigative firm. As an active team member for Kenyon International Disaster Responders, in October 2017, Anthony worked as a specialist at the Grenfell Tower Disaster in London. In 2018 he completed an MSc in Fire Investigation at the University of Central Lancashire, following a 2:1 (BSc) in Forensic Investigation. In 2014, Anthony became a fire fighter for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DW Fire), both as an emergency responder and working within the local community to promote fire safety. Anthony currently holds a membership to NAFI, National Association of Fire Investigators International. 

The talk commences at 2 p.m., refreshments will be available from 1:45 p.m.

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Registration Details: Please register for this event by emailing the organiser, Dr. Ian Ratcliffe (
Wrexham Glyndwr University

TBC, Wrexham Glyndwr University, Plas Coch Campus, Mold Road, Wrexham, LL11 2AW, United Kingdom

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