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The survey was completed in March 1999, and the results were presented to the NCFS and TWGFEX the following month.
Contents of the TWGFEX Survey of Forensic Science Laboratories
A series of general information questions (46-56) elicit responses pertaining to funding levels, TWGFEX activities and future projects, and Internet access and Web-based resources.
Additionally, respondents have rated the importance of specific TWGFEX projects, including national standards for report writing, a national database for chromatographic data for ignitable liquids, and a national source for ignitable liquid standards.
Survey Conclusions and a Look to the Future: How TWGFEX Plans to Respond
Survey results reveal a good conformance between TWGFEX priority projects and the expressed needs and interests of the fire and explosion debris analysts.
TWGFEX and NCFS are currently establishing a national database of chromatographic data for ignitable liquids.
The TWGFEX Explosion Debris Standard Protocols Committee will examine the results of this survey question and make appropriate recommendations for a more robust combination of analytical tests.
On the basis of interest expressed in the survey, members of TWGFEX have formalized job descriptions for a variety of positions of interest to fire debris and explosion debris analysts.
One important issue under review by members of the TWGFEX is the establishment of standard analytical protocols for fire and explosion debris analysis.
Members of NCFS and TWGFEX are indebted to those who responded to the survey.
The staff of NCFS and members of TWGFEX wish to thank the National Institute of Justice and the University of Central Florida for funding this survey.
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