The Fire Debris and Explosives Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to the scientific examination and analysis of materials associated with fire and explosion investigations.
Susan Seebode Hetzel, Subcommittee Chair, S-E-A Ltd.
Brenda Christy, Subcommittee Vice Chair, Virginia Department of Forensic Science
Edward Sisco, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology
Andrew Armstrong, Ph.D., Armstrong Forensic Laboratory
Marcela Brown, U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology
Michelle Evans, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Christina Henry, Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory (California)
Dennis Hilliard, Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory
Katherine Hutches, Ph.D., U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Kimberly Kunkler, U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Robert Mothershead II, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Reta Newman, Pinellas County (Florida) Crime Laboratory
Raleigh Parrott, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Christa Rajendram, Ohio State Fire Marshal
William Randle, Missouri State Highway Patrol
Michael Sigman, Ph.D., University of Central Florida
Kevin D. Streeter, Michigan State Police
Larry Tang, George Mason University and NIST
Jay Tobin, Ph.D., Stevenson University
Lisa Windsor, Tuscon Police Department Crime Laboratory
None at this time.
See the Research & Development Needs identified by the Fire Debris and Explosives subcommittee.
- Under Development (still being written/edited/revised within OSAC)
- Standard Guide for a Systematic Approach to the Analysis and Identification of Ignitable Liquids
- Standard Guide for the Forensic Examination and Identification of Intact Explosives
- Standard Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Active Headspace Concentration onto an Adsorbent Tube
- Standard practice for Quality Assurance of Laboratories Performing Analysis of Ignitable Liquids and Ignitable Liquid Residues
- Standard Practice for Validation of Ignitable Liquid Analytical Methods
- Standard Practice for Reporting Results and Opinions of Explosives Analysis
- Standard Practice for Reporting Results and Opinions of Fire Debris Analysis
- Review of ASTM E1413-13 Standard Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Dynamic Headspace Concentration
- Work Product Sent to SDO (OSAC wrote/edited/revised document and introduced to SDO for development)
- Terminology Relating to the Examination of Fire Debris (new)
- Terminology Relating to the Examination of Explosives (new)
- Revisions to ASTM E1412-16 Standard Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Passive Headspace Concentration With Activated Charcoal
- Revisions to ASTM E1388-12 Standard Practice for Sampling of Headspace Vapors from Fire Debris Samples
- SDO Published (SDO published the document and is posted on the SDO's website)
- None at this time.
- Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process (Document is being evaluated for placement on the OSAC Registry)
- ASTM E2881€1-13 Standard Test Method for Extraction and Derivatization of Vegetable Oils and Fats from Fire Debris and Liquid Samples with Analysis by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
- ASTM E1386-15 Standard Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Solvent Extraction (Pending Submission to SAC)
- ASTM E2451-13 Standard Practice for Preserving Ignitable Liquids and Ignitable Liquid Residue Extracts from Fire Debris Samples
The Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) has provided the opportunity for OSAC Subcommittees to identify baseline documents and reference materials that best reflect the current state of the practice within their respective disciplines.
These documents contain practical information regarding these disciplines that can help forensic scientists, judges, lawyers, researchers, other interested parties and the general public, to better understand the nature, scope, and foundations of the individual disciplines as they are currently practiced.
It is important to note that the identification of these documents in this venue does not represent an endorsement by OSAC or NIST. Only documents that are posted on the OSAC Registry constitute OSAC endorsement. All copyrights for these documents are reserved by their owners. Subcommittee position statements or responses to data collections by the subcommittee represent the consensus opinion of the subcommittee, not necessarily the position of the entire OSAC organization or NIST.
None at this time.
In general, the development of standards and guidelines is transitioning from the Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to the OSAC. Some SWGs will continue to operate to provide other resources within their discipline. The existing SWG documents will remain in effect until updated documents are disseminated by the OSAC or the SWG. SWGDAM will retain the responsibility for updating the FBI DNA Quality Assurance Standards.
– Forensic Science Standards Board: March 2015