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Fire Investigation Origin and Cause Expert Witness

Keywords

Fire Investigator, Certified CFI IAAI, Arson Investigators, Arson, Fire, Rescue, Origin, Cause,

New Jersey
Expert No. 1435

Professional Experience

June 2001
Battalion Chief, Retired, North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue with 28 years career fire service experience.                                       

Assigned to Office of Chief of Department.  Responsibilities included determining origin and cause of fires in the North Hudson Fire District.  Administrative work as designated by senior officers including general orders and standard operating procedures.  Developed and taught Fire Fighter Rapid Intervention, Origin and Cause Investigations.

1984-2000
Captain, Union City / North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue, NJ                    

Directed fire-fighting operations of assigned personnel, fire rescue, fire suppression and tactics.  Responsible for determining origin and cause of fires in the City of Union City, NJ.

1973-1984
Fire Fighter, Union City Fire Department                             
Duties included fire attack, search and rescue, and extrication at motor vehicle incidents.

Fire Investigation Origin and Cause.  Investigations have included fires and explosions in commercial, industrial, and residential structures.  Investigations of marine fire losses including pleasure craft commercial vessels and docking facilities.  Investigations of motor vehicles, autos, trucks, motorcycles.

Court Qualified

US District Court Southern District of New York
US District Court Eastern Pennsylvania
US District Court Newark New Jersey
US Federal Court Scranton PA
Hudson County Superior Court
State of Delaware District Court

2001-Present
Consultant, Fire Investigation Origin and Cause

1999-Present
Consultant, Fire Investigation Origin and Cause National Forensic Consultants

1988-Present
Consultant, Fire Investigation Origin and Cause.

Specialized Training

1981
Mercer County Community College, Trenton NJ Associate Degree Fire Science

2010
International Association of Arson Investigators Certified Fire Investigation Technician IAAI                             
1996
International Association of Arson Investigators Certified Fire Investigator- CFI                                  
1990
University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering Technical Fundamentals for Fire Investigator

1984
U.S. Department of Transportation Mass Transit Explosive Incident Management Seminar

1993
State of New Jersey Level II Instructor, Live Burn and SCBA Smokehouse          

1967
United States Navy   Naval School Mine Warfare Charleston S.C.                   
United States Navy   Naval School "A" Nuclear Weapons Training Center

1968
NAS North Island    San Diego California                                                           

Lecturer

2001-2004
Attorney General 80 hour Fire Investigation Seminar                                   
Building Construction - Fatal Fire Investigation - Origin & Cause

1992 & 2003
Attorney General State of New Jersey Fire Investigation Seminar                              
Building Construction - Chemistry of Fire

Professional Credentials

1996-2011
Certified Fire Investigator - CFI, International Association of Arson Investigators
Certified by Examination / Experience                                          

2006
State of New Jersey Department of Public Safety 
Private Investigator                                                    

Professional Associations

International Association of Arson Investigators

Awards and Commendations

1999
Commendation North Hudson Regional Fire Department Rescue of woman from structure fire.

1996
Commendation Union City Fire Department, rescue of emotionally disturbed person from bridge.                          
1988
Commendation Union City Fire Department, Motor vehicle rescue, bus entrapment I-95.

1969
Citation Commanding Officer U.S.S. Oriskany CVA-34, Special Combat Munitions, Republic of Vietnam

1966
Eagle Scout / Bronze Palm / Order of the Arrow Boy Scouts of America         

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