The UK Association of Fire Investigators (formally known as the IAAI-UK) was formed on the 31 January 2003 at an inaugural meeting at City Hall, London. It is the 67th Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. In 2020, the UK-AFI was awarded the “Outstanding Chapter Award” by the IAAI, a great accolade to be selected from 81 Chapters across the world.

The UK-AFI is the Professional Body for fire investigators within the UK and there are currently over 600 members, with representation from the fire service, insurance industry, law enforcement, forensic scientists, private fire investigators, fire investigation training providers, and forensic science academic establishments. Its aim is to develop and maintain good practice in the investigation of fire and to develop and share technical knowledge in fire and arson investigation techniques and procedures.

The UK-AFI normally holds two training conferences each year, in January (two day) and July (one day).  In addition to training conferences, the Association produces an informative and educational journal, twice per year, again free to all members.

In 2019, the UK-AFI journal won the “Best Chapter Publication” at the IAAI ITC.

The Association provides two levels of enhanced membership with associated Post Nominals, to suitably experienced and qualified members (Member MFireInv & Fellow FFireInv). A small registration fee applies.

Please use this link to view the current UK-AFI Constitution (UK-AFI Cons V7).



The IAAI (International organisation) consists of over 10,000 fire investigation professionals from around the world. The IAAI publication, "The Fire and Arson Investigator," contains articles by some of the leading experts in the field and is published quarterly.

The IAAI also run the Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) and Fire Investigator Technician (FIT) programmes internationally. This is now running in the UK, and involves a points system of qualifications, courses and experience to enable an applicant to take an exam. The CFI and FIT programmes are designed to ensure that everyone in the fire investigation field is working to a competent standard. An initial application form for either programme is available through this website please select the CFI & FIT Programmes link on the left menu.

The address of the IAAI International offices: IAAI, International Association of Arson Investigators, 2331 Rock Spring Road, Forest Hill, MD 21050, USA. Phone number: (+1) 410 451 3473 Fax number: (+1) 410 451 9049, email: [email protected].

The current IAAI International President is appointed annually at the International Training Conference (ITC), held in the USA each year

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