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Fire & Explosion Investigation Subcommittee

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The Fire & Explosion Investigation Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to the investigation, analyses and interpretation of crime scenes where arson or use of explosives is suspected.

Officers | Members | Standards | Other Work Products



Philip Crombie, Jr., Subcommittee Chair, Travelers Insurance

David Sheppard, Ph.D., Subcommittee Vice Chair, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Vacant, Executive Secretary


Brittany Brown, Lovington Fire Department

Chris Connealy, Williamson County (TX)

Gregory Gorbett, Eastern Kentucky University

Dan Gottuk, Jensen Hughes

Andrew Jurs, Drake University School of Law (Legal Task Group member)

Richard Lempert, University of Michigan (Human Factors Task Group member)

John Lentini, Scientific Fire Analysis, LLC

James Panos, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Melvin Robin, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Randy Watson, SEA, Ltd.


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  • None currently.

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Research & Development Needs

Discipline-Specific Bibliographies & Bibliographic References

These documents may contain information to help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, and other readers better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as currently practiced. The identification of these documents does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only standards that are posted on the OSAC Registry and Technical Guidance documents are endorsed by OSAC. The referenced documents may be subject to copyright. Note: Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee do not necessarily represent the position of OSAC or NIST.


  • ASTM E620 Standard Practice for Reporting Opinions of Scientific or Technical Experts.
  • ASTM E678 Standard Practice for Evaluation of Scientific and Technical Data.
  • ASTM E860 Standard Practice for Examining and Preparing Items that Are or May Become Involved in Criminal or Civil Litigation.
  • ASTM E1020 Standard Practice for Reporting Incidents that May Involve Criminal or Civil Litigation.
  • ASTM E1188 Standard Practice for Collection and Preservation of Information and Physical Items by a Technical Investigator.
  • ASTM E1355 Standard Guide for Evaluating the Predictive Capability of Deterministic Fire Models.
  • ASTM E1459 Standard Guide for Physical Evidence Labeling and Related Documentation.
  • ASTM E1492 Standard Practice for Receiving, Documenting, Storing, and Retrieving Evidence in a Forensic Science Laboratory.
  • ASTM 1591 Standard Guide for Obtaining Data for Fire Growth Models.


Created June 27, 2014, Updated October 12, 2021