Need for Accurate Records Described at IFPA Meeting

Issue 12 and Volume 134.

Need for Accurate Records Described at IFPA Meeting The 1981 annual conference of the International Fire Photographers Association was held June 24—27 in Collinsville, Ill. Several speakers stressed the important role of fire photographers during investigations. This theme began with Dwight Elliot, deputy state fire marshal from Illinois, who described the necessity of accurate records in investigations and challenged photographers to always strive for accuracy. The admission of photographic evidence was discussed by State’s Attorney Don Weber and Deputy State Fire Marshal Bob Corey, both from Illinois. They reminded the audience that laws differ from state to state, but photos should always accurately represent the scene as it was at the time the photo was taken. The photographer must then be able to testify to the facts so that the testimony is believed. Need for credibility Both speakers urged the audience to speak to prosecutors before a trial to avoid…

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