As you are aware, the Professional Fire and Fraud Investigators Association is proud to serve our members and guests through the offering of training and leadership in state-of-the-practice fire investigation techniques and best practices. Each year, our Board works hard to assemble high quality training that serves the needs of our members. In conjunction with this training, our Board also holds its annual membership meeting to conduct essential business of the organization with maximum transparency and opportunity for membership input.
As 2020 began, our Board once again assembled a plan for training and worked to secure instructors and a venue. When the COVID-19 became a reality, our Board continued to proceed with the hopes that the meeting and training could continue, even with the possibility of new procedures or limitations due to CDC guidelines. As the situation has continued to unfold, it has become apparent to the Board that there is a strong likelihood that the planned training and membership meeting would not be able to proceed in a manner that serves the needs of our attendees. The Board also recognizes that many of our attendees would have been limited or prevented from traveling or attending due to various restrictions understandably imposed by many of our members’ employers and agencies. At this time, the Board has regrettably made a decision to postpone the 2020 training and membership meeting until a date to be determined in 2021. The Board will continue to monitor guidance and restrictions so that a plan can be put together to offer the best possible training and membership meeting given the current environment.