Membership Benefits

The International Association of Arson Investigators – Minnesota Chapter is a not-for-profit professional association of fire investigators and individuals working to suppress the crime of arson. As a member you will receive:

Training and Education

MNIAAI provides and hosts educational opportunities for those in and associated with the Fire Investigation Field. If you have a program, event or class you would like to have added, contact us with a registration form and class outline for review.

MNIAAI Annual Meeting and Fire Investigation Conference

Our two and a half day Annual Conference is held the end of March each year. The conference provides 20 hours of quality continuing education on topics that are relevant to the fire investigation community. 

During the conference we also offer entry level training to get your new investigators up and running. The Basic Fire Investigation  class is a one day program for the novice investigator, or for those wishing to learn the basic techniques of fire investigation.  Instructors begin with the physics of fire, the scientific method, and recognition and interpretation of fire patterns.  From there students learn how to locate the area of origin, eliminate (or pinpoint) accidental causes and how to recognize the signs of arson.  Depending on time, photography as well as other aspects are covered.  

Quarterly Meeting and Training
The MN IAAI Membership meets quarterly and each meeting includes a training component.

Burn to Learn
Burn to LearnThe Burn-to-Learn Committee is made up of approximately five persons whose purpose is to afford investigators throughout the State of Minnesota the opportunity to participate in and observe live fire demonstrations with the objective of increasing their knowledge and experience. Over the years, Minnesota has held Burn-to-Learn opportunities which included burns at motels, office buildings and single family dwellings. Students attending these burns are hands-on; they participate in both the setting up and carrying out the live fire demonstrations.

The Burn-to-Learn Committee is always looking for structures to burn, specifically hotels/motels, apartments and office buildings and are interested in new ideas and suggestions in our ongoing effort to increase and expand the knowledge of our membership.

The Chairman of the Burn-to-Learn Committee is Jamie Novak. Jamie can be reached via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via telephone at (612) 750-9119.

E-News and Information

MNIAAI acts as a conduit for members to receive news and information of interest to the membership. This is done through our web site, Face Book pages and Twitter.

Arson Reward Project

MNIAAI offers rewards up to $2500 for information or assistance that leads to the arrest of person/s on a charge of arson. (Fires must be in Minnesota) Arson Hotline 1-800-723-2020.

Chapter Products

MNIAAI occasionally offers products to identify it members, provide a safer work place and get the message out that arson is not a victimless crime. Merchandise is available at our Annual Meeting and directly from our vendor, Bloomington Custom Embroidery.