Members of the OSAC Fire Debris & Explosives Subcommittee (July 2019)
The Fire Debris & Explosives Subcommittee focuses on standards and guidelines related to the scientific examination and analysis of materials associated with fire and explosion investigations.
Officers | Members | OSAC Registry Approved Documents | Documents in Process | Position Statement on E1618-14 | Research & Development Needs | Discipline-Specific Baseline Documents | Presentations
Brenda Christy, Subcommittee Chair, Virginia Department of Forensic Science
Kim Kunkler, Subcommittee Vice Chair, U.S. Postal Inspection Service Laboratory
Edward Sisco, Subcommittee Executive Secretary, U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology
Andrew Armstrong, Ph.D., Armstrong Forensic Laboratory
Michelle Evans, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Douglas Byron, F-ABC, Forensic & Scientific Testing, Inc.
John Chester, Indiana State Police Laboratory
Michelle Clarke, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Christina Henry, Santa Clara County Crime Laboratory (California)
Steven L. Hoenig, American University
Kimberly Kunkler, U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Nancy A. Love, Allegheny County Medical Examiner Forensic Laboratory
Christine M. Marsh, U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation
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
Lisa Windsor, Tuscon Police Department Crime Laboratory
Under Development: Standard Guide for the Forensic Examination and Identification of Post-Blast Explosives.
Standard Guide for the Analysis of Ignitable Liquids by Gas Chromatography Electron Ionization Mass Spectrometry.
Standard Practice for a Forensic Explosives Analysis Training Program.
Standard Practice for a Forensic Fire Debris Analysis Training Program.
Standard Practice for Reporting Results and Opinions of Explosive Analysis.
Standard Practice for Reporting Results and Opinions of Fire Debris Analysis.
QA/QC for Fire Debris Laboratories.
Standard Test Method for the Interpretation/Classification of Gas Chromatography Electron Ionization Mass Spectrometry Data for the Identification of Ignitable Liquids
Work Product Sent to SDO: ASTM WK56043 Standard Terminology Related to the Examination of Fire Debris.
ASTM WK56998 Standard Terminology Related to the Examination of Explosives.
ASTM WK64631 Standard Guide for A Systematic Approach to the Analysis and Identification of Ignitable Liquids.
ASTM WK67862 Standard Practice for the Forensic Examination and Identification of Intact Explosives.
SDO Published: ASTM E1412-16 Standard Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Passive Headspace Concentration with Active Charcoal.
ASTM E1413-19 Standard Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Dynamic Headspace Concentration.
ASTM E3189-19 Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Static Headspace Concentration onto an Adsorbent Tube.
Entered OSAC Registry Approval Process:
Fire Debris and Explosives Analysis Subcommittee Position Statement on E1618-14
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.
Analysis of Fire Debris Reference List 16JAN2018
Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Solvent Extraction
Practice for Sampling of Headspace Vapors from Fire Debris Samples
Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Passive Headspace Concentration with Activated Charcoal
Practice for Separation and Concentration of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Dynamic Headspace Concentration
Standard Test Method for Ignitable Liquid Residues in Extracts from Fire Debris Samples by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Standard Test Method for Analysis of Biodiesel Products by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Standard Practice for Characterization and Classification of Smokeless Powder
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
Standard Practice for Preserving Ignitable Liquids and Ignitable Liquid Residue Extracts from Fire Debris Samples
TWGFEX/DOJ/NIJ: A Guide for Explosion and Bombing Scene Investigation
TWGFEX: Guide for the Forensic Identification of Intact Explosives
TWGFEX: Quality Assurance (QA) Guide for the Forensic Analysis of Ignitable Liquids
TWGFEX: Recommended Guidelines for Forensic Identification of Post-Blast Explosive Residues
TWGFEX: Standard Practice for Archiving Ignitable Liquid Residues in Extracts from Fire Debris Samples and Questioned Liquid Samples Submitted for Ignitable Liquid Analysis
TWGFEX: Contamination & Limitations Bibliography
TWGFEX: Explosive Analyst Job Description
TWGFEX: Explosive Analyst Training
TWGFEX: Explosives Bibliography 1988 – 1998
TWGFEX: Fire Debris Training
Module 1 Module 2 Module 3 Module 4 Module 5 Module 6 Module 7 Module 8 Module 9 Module 10 Module 11 Module 12 Module 13 Module 14 Module 15 Module 16 Module 17
TWGFEX: Glossary of Terms
TWGFEX: Proficiency Testing in ILR Analysis
TWGFEX: Standard Guide for a Systematic Approach to the Analysis of Fire-Related Samples for Ignitable Liquids and their Residues
TWGFEX: Suggested Guide for Explosive Analysis Training
TWGFEX/NIJ: 2007-2008 National Needs Assessment for the Near and Long Term Future of Fire Debris and Explosives Analysis and Investigation
Standard Procedure for Gas Chromatography Terms and Relationships
Standard Practice for Reporting Opinions of Scientific or Technical Experts
Standard Practice for Receiving, Documenting, Storing, and Retrieving Evidence in a Forensic Science Laboratory
Standard Practice for Installing Fused Silica Open Tubular Capillary Columns in Gas Chromatographs
Standard Guide for Physical Evidence Labeling and Related Documentation
Standard Practice for Separation of Ignitable Liquid Residues from Fire Debris Samples by Passive Headspace Concentration with Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME)
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