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Hello everyone! I am so happy to have seen so many colleagues, friends, and new faces at our past meeting in Branson, MO. MAFS is an organization like no other that has encouraged so many professional networking opportunities, training opportunities, and friendships for life. We have great friends in our lives and we have great co-workers. It is a unique event when we can combine the two—however, for MAFS, it’s really not so unique. We defy the statistics, so-to-speak. I can honestly say that I’ve felt a sense of family since almost day one as a student member. continue reading...








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Membership Applications Move to Online Only - 16-Sep-2016

Attention Prospective Members: Please note that ALL applications (student, associate, regular, regular and emeritus promotion) will only be accepted electronically through either the website or by emailing all required documents to ).  Students- please pay the required dues utilizing the PayPal link on the student application page.



2017 Meeting Exhibitor Info - 09-Dec-2016

Details for exhibitor information has now been posted for the MAFS 2017 Fall Meeting!  More information can be found here.



MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting Merchandise - 01-Aug-2016

The MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting planners are offering for sale a polo shirt with a full-colored embroidered MAFS logo.  The polos are 65:35 cotton:polyester and are stone colored.  Polos are available in men’s and women’s styles, sizes for both are XS-3XL.  Prices are $23 each for XS-XL, add $2.00 for 2XL; $3.00 for 3XL) Shipping is an additional $6.  Shirts can be picked up by someone else attending the meeting, you will just need to designate who will be picking your shirt up for you. 







This order form is for purchases by those who will not be attending the meeting.  If you plan to go to the meeting in Branson, you will be able to purchase your shirt when you register for the meeting on CVENT! 



MAFS 2016 Fall Meeting Registration Open - 05-Jul-2016

Registration for the 45th Annual MAFS Fall Meeting is now open!   Please click the link below for details:

Registration Link











Introductory Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist Course - 27-Apr-2016

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will be offering two fire debris training courses for state and local government laboratory analysts. Introductory Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist is a four-day course designed for analysts in the early stages of fire debris training or with less than a year experience in conducting fire debris analysis casework. Advanced Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist is a course designed for analysts with more than three years of experience in conducting fire debris case-work. These tuition-free courses will be offered on alternating years at the ATF Forensic Science Laboratory – Washington in Beltsville, Maryland.


Introductory Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist covers the basic theory and concepts analysts need to understand in order to help them gain initial competency from their agency. Classroom learning will be enhanced with hands-on exercises and small group assignments.


Advanced Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist expands upon the topics covered in the Introductory course; provides additional analytical tools and considerations for fire debris analysis; and introduces concepts in fire science.


Course Offerings

September 19 - 22, 2016: Introductory Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist

Summer, 2017: Advanced Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist


Although the classes are tuition-free, travel costs and per diem expenses are the responsibility of the student or student’s agency.


Please contact Raymond Kuk at 202-648-6140 or with any questions or to register for the upcoming Introductory Fire Debris Analysis for the Forensic Chemist course.


Download the registration form here.



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MAFS 2017 Fall Meeting Update - 08-Mar-2016

The MAFS 2017 Fall Meeting will be held in Cincinnati, OH




Meeting and Accommodations:


The Westin Cincinnati


21 East 5th Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


888-627-8071 or 513-621-7700


Room rate: $132/night    





Hosted by the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office:


Kelly Ashton-Hand, Program Chair, 513-946-8768


Rachel Hamilton, Local Arrangements Chair, 513-946-8756 


Emily Weber, Exhibit Coordinator, Local Arr. Chair, 513-946-8759


 Mike Trimpe, Workshop Coordinator, 513-946-8761









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