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Certified Explosion Investigator Expert Witness


Expert Witness No.2750

VA

OBJECTIVE

INVESTIGATOR: Responsible for conducting fire and explosion investigations and general investigations were through improved procedures in line with NFPA 921 & NFPA 1033 with high performance in this field to assure more accurate, scientific, concise, detailed investigations.

QUALIFICATIONS

A second generation fire investigator with over twenty-nine years of experience in fire investigation for the insurance industry Expert 2750 trained primarily under the direction of a former Tennessee State Fire Marshal/Certified Fire Investigator. Registered nationally as a Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator (C.F.E.I.) through the National Association of Fire Investigation (N.A.F.I.) as well as a Certified Fire Investigator Instructor (C.F.I.I.) and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (C.V.F.I.) through N.A.F.I. He is also a Certified Fire Investigator (C.F.I.) through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI). Is registered multiple times with the National Board for Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard) as a Certified Fire Investigator and is a graduate of both the National Fire Academy and the Virginia Department of Fire Programs Fire Marshal Academy. Has testified as an expert witness in both criminal and civil courts in various states. Fifteen years as a self employed fire investigator trading in a private company in the State of Virginia.

EXPERIENCE

Served as an Evidence Technician and Certified Fire Investigator for Southern Fire Analysis for twenty-nine years and has been a Private Investigator in the State of Virginia since 1998. Personally investigated numerous fires throughout the States of Tennessee, Virginia, Delaware, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas, Iowa and Colorado ranging from vehicle fires to complex and large loss examinations that have included Commercial, Industrial and Residential fire losses including auto, heavy equipment, live oil well fires, CSST/gas line fires, restaurant fires, suppression hoods and systems, stoves and appliances, water heaters and furnaces, gas fires, electrical fires, fireplace fires, product liability fires, explosions, heating fires, arson fires, subrogation related fires and accidental fires. Has investigated approximately 4200 fire scenes to date and of those approximately 1500 have involved vehicles, heavy equipment, etc.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

Has received well over Two Thousand hours of instructional fire and explosion investigation training from nationally registered and recognized organizations:

 

COURSES OF INSTRUCTION TAUGHT

Has been registered as a Certified Fire Investigator Instructor since 1999 and has taught numerous fire related subjects to the State of Kentucky Fire School, Chesterfield County Public Schools and multiple claim associations and insurance companies (see attached list).

 

EDUCATION

Leto High School, 1981-1983

Madison High School, 1983-1984

Lloyd C. Bird High School, 1984-1985, graduated with a standard diploma

Constitutional Law John Tyler Community College 1987

Eastern Kentucky University, 1988 – 1989, Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator

Virginia State Fire Marshals Academy School, 1998, Certified Fire Investigator for the State of Virginia

 

CERTIFICATIONS

Certified Fire Investigator – I.A.A.I. – 

Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator – N.A.F.I. – 

Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator – N.A.F.I.

Certified Fire Investigator Instructor – N.A.F.I.

Certified Fire Investigator – State of Virginia Department of Fire Programs – License,

Certified Fire Investigator – National Board of Fire Service Pro Qualifications – Certificate,

Certified Evidence Collection Technician – I.A.A.I. – Certificate, 

Certification in Burn Pattern Recognition & Identification – Public Agency Training Council

 

OTHER FACTS

Member of International Association of Marine Investigators

Member of International Association of Arson Investigators

Member of International Association of Arson Investigators – Tennessee Chapter

Member of International Association of Arson Investigators – Georgia

Member of International Association of Arson Investigators – Kentucky

Member of International Association of Arson Investigators – West Virginia

Member of International Association of Arson Investigators – Taiwan

Member of National Association of Fire Investigators

Member of International Fire Investigation Research Institute

Board Member of the International Fire Investigation Research Institute (IFIRI)

The National Fire Academy Alumni Association

Member of The American College of Forensic Examiners

Tennessee Advisory Committee on Arson

State of Virginia – Private Investigator License, 

Chairperson for state of Virginia for The National Association of Subrogation Professionals (N.A.S.P.)   

 

PROFESSIONAL JOURNALS & PERODICALS

2001 – 2004: Fire Analysis Consulting Group Company News Letter

Present: Fire Findings Fire Investigation Newsletter

Present: Drew, Eckle & Farnham Insurance Claims Law Journal

Present: I.A.A.I. Fire & Arson Investigator Magazine

Present: Virginia Department of Fire Programs Quarterly Magazine

Present: N.A.F.I. The National Fire Investigator Magazine

Present: Fire Engineering Magazine

Present: N.F.P.A. Journal

Present: S.I.U. Awareness Claims Magazine

Present: The Warren Group Investigation & Engineering Newsletter

Present: F & R Engineering Newsletter

Present: The Forensic Examiner

Present: P.I. Investigative Magazine

Present: IFIRI Fire Science Magazine

Present: NASP Magazine

 

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING/EDUCATION

October 2016, One-hour Webinar, The National Assoc. of Subro Professionals – Pursing Claims Against State & Federal Government

August 2016, One-hour Webinar, The National Assoc. of Subrogation Professionals – A Guide to Subrogating a Commercial Restaurant Fire Loss…Focus on the Ansul System

August 2016, Two-hour Webinar, International Assoc. of Fire Investigators –Battery and Vehicle Electrical Fire

August 2016, CFITrainer.net, PodCast – Martin Painter Arson Case Study

August 2016, Seventeen and a half hours seminar, Teneesee Chapter I.A.A.I. Internet Profiling & Intelligence Gathering, Extreme Alarm Science Bootcamp

July 2016, Two hour tested Webinar, International Association of Fire Investigators Professional Training Institute – Large Loss Fire Investigations

June 2016, One-hour Webinar, The National Associations of Subrogation Professionals (NASP) – Internet Profiling and Intelligence Gathering

June 2016, Three-hour class, CFITrainer.net – Ethical Duties Beyond the Fire Scene

June 2016, Three-hour class, CFITrainer.net – Legal Aspects of Youth-Set Fires

May 2016, 16-hour class, MFEIA/MD I.A.A.I. – Auto Fire Investigation Seminar with Live Burns

April 27, 2016, 5-hour practicum – I.A.A.I. ITC – Orlando, FL – Certified Evidence Collection Technician 334

April 2016, Thirty-two-hour seminar, I.A.A.I. ITC – Orlando, FL – Topics – Boat Fires, 1033 Challenge, Thermodynamics, Soil Gas Migration & Natural Gas Fires, Lithium Ion Batteries, Arc Mapping Updates

April 2016, Three-hour class, CFITrainer.net – Introduction to Youth-Set Fires

March 2016, Study and review of heavy equipment manuals

March 2016, Two-hour class, CFITrainer.net – The Practical Application of the Relationship between NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921

February 2016, Three-hour class, CFITrainer.net – Investigating Fire & Explosion Incidents Involving a Line-of-Duty Death

January 2016, Three-hour class, CFITrainer.net – Accreditation, Certification and Certificates

January 2016, Review of ASE Automotive Manuals for General Repairs and Light Duty Trucks

December 2015, CFITrainer.net Podcast – Investigation of Marijuana Grow Houses

December 2015, Seven-hour class, MFEIA Training Seminar, Fatal Fire Investigations

November 2015, One hour class, videos on understanding Diesel Regeneration Process

October 2015, Eight hour class, I.A.A.I. VA Chapter – Post Flashover & ATF Case Review MD Mansion Fire

Sept. 2015, Fifteen and half hour seminar, P.A.T.C. – Internet Tools for Criminal Investigators

August 2015, Eleven and a half hour class, Tennessee Chapter I.A.A.I. – Live Burn Cells

June 2015, Three hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Investigating Natural Gas Systems

May 2015, Sixteen hour seminar, P.A.T.C. – Cell Phone Technology

March 31 – April 1, 2015, Sixteen hour class, M.F.E.I.A. – Fire Scene Evidence, Live Burns & Labs

March 2015, Three hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – The Deposition Part 2

February 2015, Three hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – The Deposition Part 1

September 2014, Three hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Process of Elimination

August 2014, Thirty-two hour seminar, Tennessee Chapter I.A.A.I. Seminar, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

June 2014, Three hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – NFPA 921 & 1033 2014 Editions: Important Revisions

June 2014, Three hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Ethics & Social Media

May 2014, 10 Part Series related to Recreational Vehicle Refrigeration fires, Dometic, Norcold & Atwood

August 2013, Thirty hour seminar Tenn. Chapter I.A.A.I., Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

May 2013, Thirty-six hour seminar, I.A.A.I. General Meeting Seminar, Orlando, FL

October 2012, Two hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – NFPA 1033 and Your Career

August 6-10 2012, Thirty hour seminar Tenn. Chapter I.A.A.I. on Appliance fires, RV fires, NFPA 921 & 1033

July 2012, Three hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Writing the Initial Origin & Cause Report

July 2012, Two hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Using Resources to validate your Hypothesis

April 2012, Thirty-eight hour seminar, I.A.A.I. General Meeting Seminar, Dover, Delaware

March 2012, Sixteen hour seminar, Virginia Chapter I.A.A.I. Seminar, Waynesboro, Virginia

October 2011, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Value of Electronic Evidence in Fire Investigation

August 2011, Forty hour seminar, Tennessee Chapter I.A.A.I. Seminar, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

June 2011, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Charleston Sofa Super Store Fire

March 2011, Sixteen hour seminar, Virginia Chapter I.A.A.I. Seminar, Waynesboro, Virginia

March 2011, Twenty hour seminar, P.A.T.C. – Hands-on Vehicle Fire/Arson Investigation Seminar

March 2011, Three hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – DNA

July 2011, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Explosion Dynamics

July 2011, Three hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Fire Protection Systems

June 2011, Two hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – How First Responders Impact the Fire Investigation

January 2011, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Search & Seizure

January 2011, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – The Fire Investigator & The 2011 NFPA 921 Changes

September 2010, Eight hours research, Vehicle and Training fires, Arson and Depositions

August 2010, Two hour class, I.A.S.I.U./National Insurance Crime Training Academy Seminar – Ethics

August 2010, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Interviewing

August 2010, Three hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Electricity & Electrical Safety

August 2010, Forty hour seminar, Tennessee Chapter I.A.A.I., Modern Techniques in Fire Investigation

July 2010, Five hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Wildland Fire Investigation

June 2010, Three hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Residential Building Construction

February 2010, Thirty-two hour seminar, I.C.A.C. Seminar – Savannah, Georgia

February 2010, Four hour class, OSHA Hazmat Standards Training (HAZWOPER) – 29 CFR 1910.120

January 2010, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Lab Procedures & Evidence at the Lab

November 2009, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Preparation for the Marine Fire Scene

October 2009, Thirty-six hour seminar, North & South Carolina I.A.A.I. – Fire Investigative Approaches

October 2009, Eight hour class, North & South Carolina I.A.A.I. – Post Flashover & Ventilation Effects of Fire

September 2009, Three hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Effective Investigation & Court Testimony

August 2009, Forty hour seminar, Tennessee Chapter I.A.A.I. – Fire Investigation Techniques

August 2009, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Arc Mapping

July 2009, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Motive, Means & Opportunity in Arson Cases

April 2009, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Digital Photograph & Fire Investigation

November 2008, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. – Fire & Explosion Investigation Utilizing NFPA 1033 & 921

November 2008, Two hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – MagneTek: A Case Study in Daubert Challenge

November 2008, Three hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Fire Investigator Scene Safety

November 2008, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Post Flashover Fires

October 2008, Three hour class, C.V.F.M.A. class – Commercial Restaurant Hood Systems & Fires

September 2008, Four hour class, Ventilation and its Impact on Building Systems and Fire Development

September 2008, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Types of Fire Scene Evidence

September 2008, Three hour class, Virginia State Police – Investigation of Motor Vehicle Fires

September 2008, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Investigation of Motor Vehicle Fires

September 2008, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – An Analysis of the Station Nightclub Fire

September 2008, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Documenting the Event/Fire

September 2008, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Understanding Fire through Candle Experiments

September 2008, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Managing Complex Fire Scene Investigations

September 2008, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Vacant & Abandoned Buildings as a Fire Hazard

August 2008, Twenty hour seminar, P.A.T.C. Seminar - N.C.J.P.S Hands-on Electrical Fire

August 2008, Training for Ladder, Self Rescue & Construction Safety – Barnhart Construction

March 2008, Eight hour seminar, Virginia I.A.A.I. Seminar – Fire Investigation of Farm Equipment Fires

January 2008, Cedars Sinai Hospital Operating Room Fires Safety Training Program

August 2007, Twenty-four hour seminar, P.A.T.C. – Arson Case Management

April 2007, Sixteen hour seminar, P.A.T.C. – Arson Scene Search Topics

March 2007, Twenty-four hour seminar, Virginia I.A.A.I. – Investigation of Gas & Electric Appliance Fires

January 2007, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Preparing for Trial

January 2007, Four hour class, I.A.A.I. CFITrainer.net – Analyzing Insurance Documents

September – December 2006, National Fire Academy – Coffee Break Training

July – August 2006, Forty hour seminar, Tennessee Chapter I.A.A.I. Seminar – Fire & Fraud Investigation

July 2006, Twenty-two hour seminar, National Crime Justice – Certification in Fire Pattern Recognition

October 2005, Thirty-six hour seminar, Virginia Chapter I.A.A.I. – NFPA 921, Vehicle Fires & Legal Updates

August 2005, Forty hour seminar, Tennessee Chapter I.A.A.I. Seminar – Fire & Fraud Investigations

August 2005, Four hour class, NM Tech. & Energ. Materials Center – Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings

April 2005, Eight hour seminar, I.A.A.I. General Meeting/Seminar – Arlington, Virginia

September 2003, Forty hour seminar, MD/DC Chapter I.A.A.I Seminar – Fire & Fraud Investigations

September 2003, Twenty-four hour seminar, National I.A.A.I. & WV I.A.A.I. Seminar – Vehicle Fire Invest.

June 2003, Four and a half hour class, V.S.C.A. – Subrogation, Case Law & Hazardous Materials

March 2003, Sixteen hour seminar, Virginia Chapter I.A.A.I. – NFPA 921, Fire Investigation & Post Blast

September 2002, Twenty-four hour seminar, N.A.F.I./Fire & Safety Engineering Technology & Eastern

Kentucky University – Vehicle Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation Science & Technology

September 2002, Forty hour seminar, State of Kentucky Fire Investigation School

September 2002, Eight hour class, Career Institute Tech Center – Traffic Collision Investigation

September 2002, Eight hour class, Career Institute Tech Center – Fire & Arson Investigation

March 2002, Eight hour seminar, Virginia Claims Association – Virginia Insurance Law

October 2001, Sixteen hour seminar, Virginia Chapter I.A.A.I. – Electrical Appliance Fires

September 2001, Forty hour seminar, Kentucky Fire & Homicide Investigation School

July 2001, Twenty-four hour seminar, Virginia Chapter I.A.A.I. – Fire Investigation

May 2001, Forty hour seminar, New Jersey Chapter I.A.A.I. – Annual Seminar

May 2001, Sixteen hour seminar, I.A.S.I.U. Seminar – Insurance Fraud Class on Arson Investigation

May 2001, Eight hour class, P.I.A. – Fraud, Photo Surveillance & Legal Ramifications

March 2001, Eight hour class, Virginia Insurance Day Seminar – Surveillance & Privacy Issues

February 2001, Twenty-four hour seminar, National Fire Academy & I.A.A.I. – Witness Testimony

September 2000, Eight hour class, 3rd Annual Virginia Works Compensation Seminar for Claims Professionals

August 2000, Forty hour seminar, Tennessee Chapter I.A.A.I. Seminar – Fire Investigation

July 2000, Sixteen hour seminar, Virginia Chapter I.A.A.I. Seminar – Fire & Arson Investigation

May 2000, Forty hour seminar, Kentucky Chapter I.A.A.I. Seminar – Fire Investigation & Live Burns

March 2000, Twenty-eight hour seminar, Virginia Chapter I.A.A.I. Seminar – Fire & Arson Investigations

August – September 1999, Eighty hour seminar, National Fire Academy – Fire & Arson Investigation

August 1999, Forty hour seminar, Tennessee Chapter I.A.A.I. Seminar – Fire Investigation

July 1999, Thirty-four hour seminar, Virginia Chapter I.A.A.I. Seminar – Arson

May 1999, Sixteen hour seminar, I.A.S.I.U. – Annual Insurance Fraud Seminar

April 1999, Twenty-four hour seminar, Eastern Kentucky University – National Advanced Fire & Explosion

Science and Technology Program Fire Science Department

March 1999, Completed Test for I.A.A.I. Certified Fire Investigator

March 1999, Twenty-four hour seminar, Virginia Chapter I.A.A.I. – Advance Techniques on Fire Investigations

March 1999, Three hour class, C.V.F.A.A. – Hazmat Storage & Compressed Gases

February 1999, Twenty hour seminar, Chesterfield Training Academy – Video Surveillance Technique

February 1999, Three hour class, C.V.F.A.A. – Chemistry of Fire Behavior

January 1999, Two hour class, C.V.F.A.A. – Code Inspections Update

September – October 1998, Sixty hour seminar, Private Investigation – Civil/Criminal Law

August 1998, Forty hours, Volunteer Fire Investigator – Petersburg, Virginia Arson Squad

August 1998, Forty hour seminar, Tennessee Chapter I.A.A.I. – Modern Techniques of Arson Investigation

July 1998, Thirty-six hour seminar, Virginia Chapter I.A.A.I. – Advance Arson Investigator

June 1998, One hundred Twenty hour class, Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Academy School – NFPA 921 Guide

to Fire & Explosion Investigation 1998 Edition & NFPA 1033 State Certification as Certified Fire Investigator

October 1997, Forty hour seminar, North & South Carolina Chapter I.A.A.I.

July 1997, Eight hour class, The National Insurance Crime Bureau – Continuing Legal Education for VA Bar

March 1997, Twenty-four hour seminar, Eastern Kentucky University – National Advance Fire, Arson &

Explosion Investigation Science and Technology Program

March 1997, Eight hour class, EKU – Determining the Cause & Origin of Fire & Explosions

February 1997, Eight hour class, Michael J. Cohan Investigations – Private Investigations

August 1994, Forty hour seminar, Tennessee Chapter I.A.A.I. – Modern Techniques of Arson Investigation

January 1994, Sixteen hour seminar, Kentucky Chapter I.A.A.I. – Electrical Seminar

August 1993, Forty hour seminar, Tennessee Chapter I.A.A.I. – Tennessee State Fire School

May 1993, Twenty-four-hour seminar, Tennessee State Fire School

August 1992, Forty-hour seminar, Tennessee Chapter I.A.A.I. – Modern Techniques of Arson Investigation

May 1992, Eight-hour class, Tennessee State Fire School – Fire & Arson Techniques

May 1991, Twenty-four-hour seminar, Tennessee State Fire School – Fire Investigation

August 1990 – January 1991, Residential House Wiring – Nashville Technical Center

July 1990, Forty-hour seminar, Tennessee Chapter I.A.A.I. – Modern Techniques of Arson Investigation

May 1990, Forty-hour seminar, Tennessee State Fire School – Arson in Tennessee

November 1989, Eastern Kentucky University – Received N.A.F.I. Fire & Explosion Investigation Certification

November 1989, Forty-hour seminar, N.A.F.I. – Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator

August 1989 – September 1989, Forty-hour seminar, Georgia Chapter I.A.A.I. Annual Arson Seminar

May 1989, Forty-hour seminar, Tennessee State Fire School – Arson Seminar

August 1988, Eight-hour class, EKU – Determining the Cause & Origin of Fire & Explosions

August 1988, Forty-hour seminar, Eastern Kentucky University – Fire & Arson Investigation

1982 – 1989: Full time and part time OJT under former Tennessee State Fire Marshal

1982/1983: Evidence Technician at S.E.A. Investigations Tampa Fla.

 

 

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