Nevertheless, the conference itself was much more than a mere presentation. It was a complete immersion in a world of global knowledge and experience. Experts from all over the world, in just one space, each of them contributing a rich variety of experiences and viewpoints. Testimonies and case reflections were shared, providing a unique opportunity to learn from the heterogeneous experiences.
A significant example was the demonstration given by Tuomas Palvia, a Finnish expert who shared insights into the primary causes of fires in saunas, a scenario that is prevalent in Finland, home to over three million saunas. This study proved invaluable, especially for investigators from other parts of the world, not used to facing this type of scenario frequently. Similarly, the presentation of an engineer specializing in fire investigations in air conditioning systems provided a wealth of insight for those encountering such situations for the first time.
Moreover, the final talk by Dr Peter Mansi highlighted the importance of conducting experiments to either support or refute a hypothesis. To illustrate this, he presented a test performed by himself and his colleagues using a refrigerator. The experiment aimed to gain insights into the fire behavior, that they observed in a previous fire incident involving a refrigerator. The test was conducted twice, with two very similar refrigerators, but manufactured with different materials. In the first test, the fire self-extinguished regardless of the ignition point. In the second test, contrarily, the second refrigerator immediately caught fire. This notable contrast between the outcomes underlines the importance of conducting diverse experiments to comprehensively understand fire behavior.
In conclusion, the participation of students in the International Conference of Arson Investigations was an enlightening journey that underscored the significance of sharing knowledge and experiences on a global scale, a fundamental interaction in enriching our understanding and improving investigative skills, preparing us to tackle new and complex challenges in the field of arson investigations. We will continue to draw inspiration from these exchanges and further explore uncharted territories through the power of sharing.