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2024 TVSFPE Annual Seminar: Unlocking the Power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Forensic Fire Scene Risk Assessments

  • 04/17/2024
  • 8:00 AM
  • 04/18/2024
  • 4:00 PM
  • Bearden Banquet Hall [5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919]
  • 7


  • Municipal code officials, firefighters and fire marshals only
  • Students authorized by Dr. Icove or TVSFPE Board only

Registration is closed

 Unlocking the Power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Forensic Fire Scene Risk Assessments

Presented by David J. Icove, P.E.

University of Tennessee

See TVSFPE 2024 Annual Seminar.pdf

TVSFPE will host a two-day course covering  the Top 50 emerging issues facing engineering and fire protection professionals during forensic fire scene risk assessments. This hands-on seminar is the first of its kind in applying the newest Artificial Intelligence (AI) approaches to engineers, forensic investigators, and fire protection specialists. Kirk's Fire AnalysisTM uses the latest AI approaches to manage, summarize and analyze case information.

  • Participants receive instruction on installing, maintaining, and updating the latest AI software for use on heir laptop and other computers. No connection to the Internet is needed, so your case information is safely stored locally.
  • Instruction includes a review of the “Top 50” issues facing fire investigators during the seminar and the ability to access a large reference database covering these issues.
  • The Kirk’s Fire Analysis™ approach allows engineers and investigators to use AI to review and critique their draft expert reports. These automated reviews can be utilized to reveal and correct potential logic pitfalls in logic and opinions and analyze your case documents.
The seminar will guide participants how to: Install and apply the latest AI technologies on your own computer. Use the Kirk’s Fire Analysis™ approach to store and analyze your case documents. Use AI to perform risk assessments and take home valuable time sensitive materials.


Dr. David J. Icove is  globally recognized as one of the leading forensic engineering  subject matter expert with over four decades of experience. Dr. Icove is the co-author of three prestigious fire investigation textbooks, Kirk's Fire Investigation, Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction, and Combating Arson-for-profit.  Dr. Icove has exceptional career expertise in on-scene fire testing and experimentation and collegiate university teaching souring the field of fire protection. Dr. Icove is a retired federal law enforcement agent that has testified multiple times as an expert witness in criminal and civil trials, and before the United States Congressional Committees seeking guidance on key legislative initiatives. He is currently the UL Safety Organization Professor of Practice and the director of the Fire Protection Engineering Graduate Program at the University of Tennessee in the Electrical Engineering and Computer science Department. Additionally, Dr. Icove is Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and valued member of the Tennessee Valley Society of Fire Protection Engineers local chapter.


This seminar will be held at the Bearden Banquet Hall: 5806 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919.

Seminar registration cost is $500 for professionals and $250 for fire service and state/municipal code officials. Student registrants should contact Andrew Tinsley for information on cost and registration. The registration cost does not include travel or lodging expenses. 

Registration and payment deadline is April 7th, 2024.  You will receive a confirmation of receipt of registration form and payment. A receipt and map/directions (if requested) will accompany the confirmation. Please register online or mail the completed registration form, with payment, to:

TVSFPE 2024 Seminar c/o Michael Shehane
1310 Centerpoint Blvd. Knoxville, TN 37932

The seminar will consist of a morning session and an afternoon session each day with a lunch break in between. The morning sessions will begin at 8:00AM and end at approximately 11:30AM each day. There will be a one hour lunch break from 11:30PM to 12:30PM. The afternoon sessions will begin at 12:30PM and end at approximately 4:00PM each day.

***Class materials will be provided electronically. Personal laptops are recommended.***

The seminar is an excellent opportunity to accumulate CEUs or PDHs. This seminar will provide 12 continuing education credits. Participants will receive a training packet, related lecture notes, breakfast and lunch both days, and a
certificate of completion for the course.

For any questions about registration, seminar details and/or the TVSFPE in general contact Andrew Tinsley (865) 660-8349, Andrew.tinsley@tvsfpe.org.

A portion of seminar proceeds will be applied to the TVSFPE Scholarship Fund, which allows us to provide an annual scholarship to students pursuing formal education in the field of fire protection.

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