The 2020 Ohio Arson School has been canceled due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. We will see you at our new location in Columbus August 2-6, 2021!
It is with great sadness that the Ohio Arson School Board of Directors and Planning Committee announce the passing of Director Emeritus Chief John R. Bernans, Ret.
Chief Bernans passed on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. Chief Bernans was many things - a firefighter, a paramedic, a fire chief, a leader of the Ohio Arson School and several other organizations, but most importantly he was a loving a husband, a doting father, and an immensely proud grandfather. He was a Vietnam Veteran and served honorably in the United States Marine Corps.
The Ohio Arson School always held a special place in Chief Bernans' heart and we will be forever grateful for his leadership and dedication.
Ohio Department of Public Safety—approved Firefighter CEUs.
The Ohio Arson School is the premier forum for cutting-edge continuing education and instruction for public and private investigators responsible for determining the origin and cause of fires.The School has been training investigators since 1954.Our focus is to provide investigators with the most relevant, up-to-date tools and information to best serve their communities and their clients.
Our students are comprised of arson investigators from municipal fire departments, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors’ offices, private investigation firms, and the insurance industry.
“I would sit through this class again and again and again because I would learn something new each time. ”
“This is the second time I have taken a class with David as an instructor and enjoyed both times. His knowledge he gives you is so valuable. Will always recommend taking his class.”
“I have been to Ohio Arson School 6-7 years and this was by far one of the best. The SEA field trip was outstanding.”
In addition to a robust program that exposes students to instructors from all over the United States, we provide a crucial networking opportunity to develop relationships with investigators from all over Ohio and the Midwest.
Scholarships are available! Ohio Arson School Scholarship, First Year Award Scholarship, and Marvin E. Olney Memorial Scholarship are all offered. Please see our scholarships page for more information.
We invite you to join us as a sponsor, exhibitor, or advertiser for our annual Ohio Arson School. As a sponsor you will be promoting your company to many state professionals who will also be participating. For more information please see our Sponsorships page.