August 2020

Basic Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, ATF’s Forensic Science Laboratory-Washington located in Ammendale, Maryland

Monday, August 17 through Thursday, August 20, 2020


Introductory Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist is a four-day course designed for state and local government laboratory analysts in the early stages of fire debris training or with less than a year experience in conducting fire debris analysis casework.  This class covers the basic theory and concepts analysts need to understand in order to help them gain initial competency from their agency. Classroom learning will be enhanced with hands-on exercises and small group assignments. 


There is no tuition for the course, but participant’s agency must cover all travel and per diem costs. 


The deadline for submitting an application for the course is May 1, 2020.  Applicants will be notified of their status for the class by mid-May.

Download application here.

December 2020

Introductory Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Workshop

Miami-Dade Public Safety Training Institute, 9601 NW 58th St., Doral, FL 33178

December 7-11, 2020

Violent crimes usually result in bloodshed.  When physical forces act upon liquid blood, patterns will be deposited on the various items at the crime scene, as well as the clothing of the individuals present during the activity.  These patterns can yield valuable information concerning the events that lead to their creation.  The information can then be used for reconstruction of the incident, as well as to evaluate the statements of the witnesses and the crime participants.  Bloodstain pattern evidence can be of value in the investigation of any violent crime in which bloodshed occurs. 


Workshop objectives:

1) Teach the investigator how to identify bloodstain pattern evidence at the crime scene.

2) Teach the investigator how to properly document bloodstain pattern evidence.

3) Teach the investigator how to properly preserve the bloodstain pattern evidence.

4) Teach the investigator how to reconstruct bloodstain patterns at the crime scene.

5)Provide the foundation for teaching the investigator how to interpret bloodstain pattern evidence.

6) Teach the investigator the safety and health issues associated with bloodstain pattern evidence.


Workshop Goals:
1) To be able to recognize bloodstain pattern evidence at the crime scene.

2) To be able to properly document and preserve the bloodstain pattern evidence.

3) To be able to properly use bloodstain pattern terminology.

4) To be able to identify simple bloodstain pattern types.

5) To obtain basic bloodstain pattern analysis knowledge that will be the foundation for additional training culminating in being able to evaluate and interpret bloodstain pattern evidence and render an opinion concerning that interpretation.

The objectives and goals will be achieved through lecture, discussion, practical experiments with blood, and case studies.

Workshop Description:

Instructor: Toby L. Wolson, M.S., F-ABC, Noslow Forensic Consultation, LLC, E-mail:

Further information about this workshop can be obtained at the following website:  or by contacting Toby Wolson ( 

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