President's Message

First, I would like to thank the past President, Michael Keely, for all his efforts in making our Chapter a success over the past year. During his appointment, we were able to bring in some great instructors to our seminars. Additionally, Michael brought the New Hampshire and Vermont IAAI Chapters together to merge our annual training in an effort to strengthen attendance numbers to trainings and build better relations with our neighboring chapters.

Secondly, I would like to congratulate Paul Ouellette and Peter Holmes for their re-election to the Board of Directors, and congratulate and welcome Christopher Stanford (SFMO) back to the Board of Directors. In addition, Ed Archer (SFMO) volunteered to step up to the 2nd Vice President’s position. Thank you to everyonefor their devotion and dedication to our Chapter.

I look forward to working with our current officers and members of the Board of Directors to serve our membership through the upcoming year.

You may have already noticed that members can now renew their membership on-line through the International IAAI website. Becoming an “enhanced chapter” through the IAAI has given our members the ability to renew their local membership as well as afford them the opportunity to pay for their international membership at the same time. This new dual-ability has decreased our records-keeping and paperwork, which, in turn, has reduced the financial cost to our Chapter. I would like to thank Brian Smith, Secretary/Treasurer, for all his efforts to make this transition a success.

As we all know, the field of fire investigation is continuously evolving, and with the new changes to NFPA 921 which have come out, I strongly encourage everyone to keep up on their education by attending our seminars and visiting www.cfitrainer.net for additional, cost-free training.

Also, I hope that everyone recognizes the importance and benefit of belonging to this Chapter. We pride ourselves in bringing top-notch instructors to our state in an effort to provide our members with the most up-to-date education available. I encourage everyone to extend invitations to our trainings to peer investigators, colleagues, and any friends - along with recommending that they consider joining our organization. If any member has suggestions on possible training topics or other issues you would like to see addressed by the Chapter, please reach out to me or any of our officers/members of the Board of Directors.

In closing, I would like to express my appreciation to our Officers and Board Members for their assistance, and take a moment to convey my heartfelt thanks to the past Secretary/Treasurer Tim Allen and our current Secretary/Treasurer Brian Smith for all the hard work and effort they put into our Chapter. Your time and commitment have made our seminars the success they are today.

Fraternally,

David O’Connell
President, ME - IAAI