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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

For Immediate Release

May 6, 2011


Contact: ATF Public Affairs Division

(202) 648-8500

ATF’s FRL Receives IAAI’s Outstanding Accomplishment Award

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) Fire Research Laboratory (FRL) has received the International Association of Arson Investigators’ (IAAI) Outstanding Accomplishment Award for its continued commitment to the fight against arson crime. In presenting the award, the IAAI cited the FRL’s analytical expertise, fire scene reconstruction, and scene testing in support of criminal cases.

The IAAI’s award is presented to municipalities, agencies (law enforcement or private) and companies that have developed successful programs that help to reduce the incidence of arson by implementing and achieving a progressive, innovative and successful program. The organization presented the award to ATF during its ongoing conference (May 1–6, 2011) in Las Vegas.

The FRL is the world’s largest research laboratory that is dedicated to fire scene investigations. FRL scientists utilize its unique structure and sophisticated instrumentation to investigate fire scene phenomena; conduct forensic fire science and engineering tests; and analyze fire growth and dynamics questions.

FRL scientists specialize in fire protection; mechanical, chemical, electrical and materials engineering; physics; and metallurgy. During the course of their studies, they work with ATF certified fire investigators, prosecutors and the fire investigation community to conduct research and provide case support, training and education regarding fire investigation and analysis.

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