NCIAAI 2022 Candidate for NCIAAI Board of Directors
Don Tschida

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My names is Don Tschida and I am running for the NCIAAI Board of Directors. I am a NC-CFI and IAAI-CFI. For the past 26 years I have been employed by the Fayetteville Fire Department. During my tenure with FFD I assisted with the development and implementation of the fire investigations team and served as shift lead investigator / supervisor. I have been a member of the NCIAAI since 2015 and the IAAI since 2017. I have served on the NCIAAI Training and Education committee (T&E) since 2019 and presented fire investigation training as a member of the delivery team for the NCIAAI Fundamentals of Fire Investigations course held at Durham Fire Department in 2019. Since I began serving on the T&E committee, I have also assisted with planning the NCIAAI spring training conferences. Additional fire investigation instructional experience includes teaching basic fire investigation in the Fayetteville Fire Department’s Officer Candidate Program and lectures to the forensic science program at Methodist University. Prior to the fire service I served 7 years in the 82nd Airborne Division, United States Army.

I’d like to continue my history of service by representing you on the NCIAAI Board of Directors. If afforded this opportunity, I’ll work diligently to ensure our chapter remains one of the best in the nation by offering the best opportunities for career development in fire investigations through training programs that are current in an ever-evolving science that exceeds industry standards.

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Chris Elrod/ Captain Wilmington Fire Department, Wilmington North Carolina

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Mr. Elrod is currently employed with the Wilmington Fire Department as a Captain in the Fire Marshal’s office for the past 18 years.

Mr. Elrod holds a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology specializing in arson investigation from Eastern Kentucky University. With over 35 years of experience he has investigated several thousand fires throughout his career. He has worked in both the public sector as a Fire Marshal as well as the private sector performing fire and explosion investigations through the insurance industry.

Mr. Elrod is a Certified Fire Investigator through the State of North Carolina as well as through the International Association of Arson Investigators. Mr. Elrod is a Certified Fire Investigation Instructor through the International Association of Arson Investigators. He has testified as an expert witness in criminal arson prosecution as well as product liability law suits. He is a member of the NC Chapter of the IAAI, a past President and Life Member.

Mr. Elrod has been a presenter to numerous agencies throughout the Country and Canada in the areas of vehicle fire investigation. Those agencies include; The North Carolina Justice Academy, The North Carolina Insurance Crime Information Exchange, The International Association of Special Investigative Units, The International Association of Auto Theft Investigators, The International Association of Arson Investigators, and The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. There have been numerous individual workshops for various insurance companies as well as fire investigation teams throughout North Carolina.