Butane Honey Oil (BHO) Fire and Explosion Investigations

  • October 28, 2023
  • 10:00am-12:00pm
  • FESTI - Fire & Emergency Services Training Institute 2025 Courtneypark Drive, East, Mississauga

Facilitated by Jason Williams

Fires and explosions occurring at Marijuana Butane Honey Oil Extraction (BHO) operations have increased significantly over the past several years. There are inherent hazards and dangers associated with the extraction process due to the volatile fuels utilized by the manufactures of the illicit marijuana concentrate product. The incidents which are occurring at the illegal drug producing facilities have caused serious injuries, property damage and even death to those involved in the manufacturing process and members of the public. This course will provide the student with knowledge related to BHO Operations, the hazards associated with the production of BHO and to first responders as an awareness of materials/items utilized in these operations that may be located during fire suppression activities.

Jason Williams

Jason is currently the Director of Protective Services for the Municipality of Port Hope where he oversees Fire and Emergency Services, Building Services, Municipal Law Enforcement and Emergency Management. Prior to this, Jason was employed with the Office of the Fire Marshal-Fire Investigation Services where he held positions as a Fire & Explosion Investigator, Training Officer, and Specialist. Jason has published several papers and articles in relation to fire investigations and expert evidence in his field and has qualified as an expert in the field of Fire Investigations, Fire Dynamics, and Drug Lab Operations in all levels of court in the Province of Ontario. Jason is also a Part Time Professor for the Seneca College Fire Protection and Engineering Program as well an adjunct instructor with the Ontario Fire College. He sits on the advisory committee for the Humber College Forensic Identification Program as well as holding the position of Executive Director for the Province of Ontario for the Canadian Association of Fire Investigators.