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AFTE 2022 - Atlanta / Atlanta Airport Transportation
« Last post by Dana Gicale on Yesterday at 09:55:19 PM »
   With AFTE 2022 just days away, I wanted to give you all a heads up on the best way to travel from the airport to the hotel. While rental cars, taxis, Ubers, and Airport Shuttles are all options, for those flying into Hartsfield Atlanta Airport, the cheapest, easiest, most stress-free way to get from the airport to the hotel is using MARTA (Atlanta transit) Train. MARTA has an app, but it is as easy as following the signs inside the airport terminal to MARTA and boarding the Northbound Red or Gold train. Stay on the train to Peachtree Center Station and follow signs to the JOHN PORTMAN/PEACHTREE STREET EAST (Mall as Peachtree Center/Marriott)

    • This site has some great MARTA info:
    • The YouTube video below is a good visual of the airport station.
    AFTE 2022 - Atlanta / Re: Reg Problem?
    « Last post by Dana Gicale on Yesterday at 09:49:26 PM »
    Hi All,
     Registration is still available for AFTE 2022! We did have to close sales on the shirts, but we have ordered limited quantities, so if you missed out, come to the Vendor area and see what we have available!

    The Host Committee can't wait to see you all!
    AFTE 2022 - Atlanta / Re: Bring Your Own Slides (BYOS) Night - Atlanta 2022
    « Last post by Michael Haag on May 19, 2022, 04:51:46 PM »
    All AFTE Atlanta attendees!
    Dan and I have a good number of people ready to present at BYOSs, but bring your materials and be ready!
    You can sign up at AFTE, or before, but you will be earlier on the list the sooner you sign up!

    Job Announcements / Firearms Examiner Job Posting - British Columbia, Canada
    « Last post by dtrumney on May 18, 2022, 06:58:15 PM »
    Hello everyone:

    Please find the attached posting for Forensic Specialists working at the Provincial Forensic Firearms Laboratory in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.  All permanent, full-time positions at this laboratory include a pension and benefits plan, comparable to other forensic laboratories in Canada.
    If you or someone you know has the knowledge, skills and abilities for this position, please forward a cover letter and resume to: by June 17, 2022.

    Thank you,

    Daisy Wong
    Laboratory Manager
    BC Provincial Forensic Firearms Laboratory
    AFTE 2022 - Atlanta / Re: Reg Problem?
    « Last post by Rick Wyant on May 16, 2022, 04:02:09 PM »
    Disregard. Reg is closed so I hope you bought your t-shirt already.  ;)
    AFTE 2022 - Atlanta / Reg Problem?
    « Last post by Rick Wyant on May 16, 2022, 03:36:22 PM »
    Anyone having problems accessing their workshops, etc, since the program posted?

    Houston Forensic Science Center, Inc. (HFSC), is an independent organization created by Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston City Council to provide forensic science services formerly delivered by the Houston Police Department.  HFSC has been officially registered as a Texas Local Government Corporation* since June 26, 2012. 

    HFSC is now seeking a full-time NIBIN Technician.  HFSC offers a competitive salary and benefit package that is commensurate with experience.

    The primary job duties of the NIBIN Technician are to process firearms and firearms related evidence as part of the organization’s ballistic imaging program.  Specific duties of the NIBIN Technician may include, but not be limited to, performing the following duties with little or no direct supervision:
    •   Examination and test firing of firearms
    •   Microscopic screening of fired cartridge cases for NIBIN entry
    •   Entry into the organization’s NIBIN database
    •   Reviewing entry results in the organization’s NIBIN database
    •   Issuing and reviewing notifications pertaining to work performed
    •   Maintain chain of custody and proper examination documentation within the Laboratory Management Information System.

    •   The position requires a Bachelor’s degree in forensic science, a physical/natural science, criminal justice, or closely related field from an accredited university. Equivalent relevant experience in an accredited forensic laboratory environment, preferably in Firearms examination or NIBIN, may be considered in lieu of a degree.  The successful candidate must be able to gain Forensic Technician licensure from the Texas Forensic Science Commission within the first quarter of employment.

    Minimum of one year of experience in evidence handling or work in a forensic lab environment is strongly preferred.

    •   Demonstrated skill in oral and written communication
    •   Demonstrated skill in using computers and related software applications
    •   Demonstrated skills in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing work assignments
    •   Demonstrated ability to effectively handle conflict and uncertain situations
    •   Demonstrated ability to work with frequent interruptions and changing priorities
    •   Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective communications and working relationships with fellow employees, internal customers, and external customers.

    Interested applicants meeting the job qualifications may apply via our website,

    Houston Forensic Science Center, Inc., is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

    *A “local government corporation” is created to aid and act on behalf of one or more local governments to accomplish any governmental purpose of those governments. 

    AFTE 2022 - Atlanta / Glock Talk Workshop at AFTE
    « Last post by Omar Felix on May 09, 2022, 03:29:44 PM »
    Hey everyone! Just an FYI: there is still room to register for my workshop on Glock History, Manufacturing and Evolution.  I usually give this class online but being that it'll be in person, we'll get to do a bit more.  Leeds Forensic Systems has been awesome enough to lend us some microscopes so we'll not only be able to discuss barrel casts and bullets fired thru GMB barrels, for example, but we'll be able to look at some under the scope at talk about them in real time.

    You can email me directly with any questions about the class: or just register!  :-0

    See ya there!

    AFTE 2022 - Atlanta / AFTE 2022 Hotel Deadline!
    « Last post by Dana Gicale on May 03, 2022, 02:39:05 PM »
    :clap: !!ATTENTION!! :clap:

    The deadline for obtaining the AFTE rate at the Marriott Marquis in Downtown Atlanta is MAY 6, 2022!

    There are still rooms available at the AFTE rate from Saturday, 28 May through Thursday 2 May. Friday night rooms have sold out at the AFTE Rate, and the link will not let you reserve it.  However, the hotel still may have rooms available for Friday night. Reserve rooms using the link on the AFTE website to check out Friday morning to get the AFTE rate, and then call the hotel to add Friday at the normal hotel rate. 

    If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email and we will try to assist.

    I can't wait to see you all in Atlanta!
    Dana Gicale
    AFTE 2022 Host Committee Chair
    Position:        Firearm and Tool Mark Examiner (Trainee or Experienced/Court-Qualified)
    Salary:    $49,900 - $89,800 (Salary is commensurate with experience)
    Location: Columbia, South Carolina
    Opening Date:   5/2/2022
    Closing Date::                    6/2/2022
    The Richland County Sheriff’s Department (RCSD) is seeking a motivated individual to fill one Firearm and Tool Mark Examiner vacancy within the Forensic Sciences Laboratory.  The laboratory has been ANAB (formerly ASCLD/LAB-International) accredited since 2008.

    Minimum experience for this position is a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, or its equivalent. A degree in a physical science is preferred, but not required.

    Preference will be given to applicants with the following:
    *Successfully completed training through a program structured on the AFTE Training Manual
    *Court Qualification
    *Case related experience in serial number restoration, muzzle to target distance determination, and tool mark examinations.
    *ANAB accreditation experience
    *Experience with JusticeTrax and/or Qualtrax
    *NIBIN Acquisition and Correlation Experience

    Applicants must complete a Richland County Sheriff’s Department pre-employment background check, including drug screening and polygraph.
    Job duties will include (but may not be limited to) the following: 
    *Identification, characterization, and/or comparisons of firearm and tool mark evidence to include firearms, fired bullets/projectiles, fired cartridge cases, unfired ammunition, tools, tool-marked items, and clothing using physical, visual, microscopic, and chemical methods as described in the laboratory protocol(s); serial number restoration; fracture/physical match comparisons; NIBIN acquisition and correlation
    *Interpretation of results of these examinations and preparation of formal written reports
    *Expert witness testimony in federal, state, and local courts to present results of examinations
    *Conduct or participate in training sessions, professional organizations, and seminars as requested for new employee training, employee continuing education, and community events.
    *Periodic 24-hour on-call for firearm and/or tool mark related issues.
    *Other departmental duties to include research, validation, quality control, quality assurance, safety, training, proficiency testing, and other responsibilities as directed by the departmental supervisor/technical lead. 
    Benefits include the following:

    Position qualifies for S.C. Police Officer Retirement System (PORS) benefits as a Sworn Class III Basic
    A county issued vehicle (take home) with gas card
    Free gym membership (MUV Fitness)
    Health, vision, and dental insurance for employees and dependents; deferred compensation programs; HSA
    Work phone
    Flexible Hours

    Position start date is estimated for September 2022, but is negotiable based on the needs of the applicant and the Department.

    Additional Information
    The RCSD Firearm and Tool Mark Section was established in 2002 and is currently staffed by three firearm and tool mark examiners (one soon to go part-time), one Technical NIBIN Administrator, one NIBIN Technician/Section Administrator, one part-time NIBIN Technician in training, and one part-time NIBIN Administrative Assistant.

    A new laboratory is in development with a move-in date slated for late 2023.

    In 2021, the section brought in 1737 new cases, 1596 through the NIBIN program and the remaining as formal examinations.
    Columbia is a growing community with competitive housing costs, great weather, and an ideal location for quick getaways to the beach or the mountains

    Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae or statement of qualifications to Terri Cypher (Technical Leader) at
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