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He has over 25 years of firefighting, fire / arson investigation, and instructional experience. His actual fire fighting experience spanned two states, Missouri and Kansas, prior to his retiring as a Battalion Chief. Early in his career he began investigative work involving scene investigations, insurance loss, and fire origin. Education Tennessee Technological University, Cookville, Tennessee […]

He has over 25 years of firefighting, fire / arson investigation, and instructional experience. His actual fire fighting experience spanned two states, Missouri and Kansas, prior to his retiring as a Battalion Chief. Early in his career he began investigative work involving scene investigations, insurance loss, and fire origin.

Education

Tennessee Technological University, Cookville, Tennessee (1976-1977)
New Mexico State University, Las Crusas, New Mexico (1978)
National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, Maryland (1979-1991)
Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, Missouri (1979-1987)
University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri (1979-1988)
Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas (1987-1994)
Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas (1987-1994)
Kansas City Kansas Community College, Kansas City, Kansas (1998-2000) Degree in Fire Science

Fire Investigation

  • Cause & Origin investigations
  • Fire and insurance loss
  • Legal investigations
  • Expert witness testimony, Kansas and Missouri courts
  • Insurance investigations
  • Lead investigation team
  • Litigation support
  • Standard operating procedure

Fire Department

  • Battalion chief
  • Fire captain
  • Firefighter training
  • Fire alarm response
  • Emergency management
  • Scene supervision
  • Public education and fire prevention
  • EMT

Fire Specialist

  • Kansas City Kansas Community College affiliate faculty
  • Arson Detection & Scene Preservation
  • Fire Suppression & Detection Systems
  • NRPA Life Safety Code
  • Fire Hydraulics
  • Fire Service Instructional Methodology
  • Engineer
  • Public education & Fire investigation

Professional Organizations and Activities

  • Licensed Private Detective, State of Kansas
  • Certified Fire Investigator, Missouri Division of Fire Safety
  • 1993 State of Kansas Fire Investigator of the Year, International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Photography awards, International Association of Arson Investigators Kansas Chapter (1993, 2000-2003)
  • Photography awards, International Association of Arson Investigators (1994, 1996, 1999-2001)
  • Member, Professional Fire and Fraud Investigators Association
  • Member, International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Member, International Association of Arson Investigators-Kansas Chapter

Training Courses Facilitated

  • Basic fire investigation and detection – Lenexa Fire Department (1992)
  • Fire investigation seminar – Overland Park and Lenexa Fire Departments’ Investigation Teams (1993)
  • Interviews and interrogation techniques – insurance companies’ Special Investigation Units (1993)
  • Cause and origin investigations – Regional Fire Academy (1994)
  • Vehicle fire investigations – Kansas City Arson Task Force (1996)
  • Basic cause and origin – Mid-America Professional Investigators Association (1998)
  • Vehicle fire investigations – Kansas City Arson Task Force (1999)
  • Affiliate Faculty Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • Teaching Fire Arson Investigation (Fall 1999)
  • Teaching Fire Suppression & Detection Systems (Spring 2000)
  • Teaching NFPA Life Safety Code 101 (Fall 2000)
  • Teaching Fire Arson Investigation (Spring 2001)
  • Teaching Fire Tactics & Strategy (Fall 2001)
  • Teaching Fire Hydraulics (Spring 2002, Spring 2004)
  • Teaching Fire Arson Investigation (Fall 2002, Fall 2004)
  • Cause and origin investigation- Cincinnati Insurance Company (12-06-02)
  • Teaching Fire Service Instructional Methodology (Spring 2003)
  • Arson Detection & Scene Preservation Class – Edwardsville Fire Department (June 2003)
  • Teaching Fire Tactics and Strategy – Kansas City Kansas Community College (Fall 2003)


Training and Conference Highlights

  • Lee’s Summit, Missouri Fire Department – Rookie fire training (1980)
  • University of Missouri, Columbia – State firefighter one training (1980)
  • State of Missouri Department of Social Services – Emergency Medical Technician (1980)
  • University of Missouri, Columbia – Certified fire department instructor (1981)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators – Annual Kansas state fire and arson investigation conference (1983)
  • Kansas City, Missouri Arson Task Force – Arson investigation seminar (1983)
  • National Fire Academy, Emmitsburg, Maryland – Building construction for fire suppression forces (1985)
  • Kansas City Metro Fire Chiefs Council – Mass casualty seminar (1986)
  • The EMS Management Institute – Report and fire service writing (1987)
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs – Instructional techniques (1987)
  • Kansas City, Missouri Arson Task Force – Arson investigation seminar (1987)
  • Johnson County Community College – Human relations (1987)
  • Kansas Emergency Medical Services – Emergency medical technician (1988)
  • Department of the Treasury – Arson for profit and fire investigation (1988)
  • National Fire Academy – Firefighter safety and survival and the company officer’s responsibility (1989)
  • National Fire Academy – Commanding the initial response (1989)
  • Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas – Fire service instructor certification (1989)
  • Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas – The fire officer’s role (1989)
  • Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas – Tactics and strategy (1989)
  • Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas – Employee appraisal and counseling (1989)
  • Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas – Hazardous materials (1989)
  • Professional Fire and Fraud Investigators Association – Fire and fraud investigators conference (1989)
  • National Fire Academy – Safety on the scene (1990)
  • Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas – SCBA (1990)
  • Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas – Chemistry of hazardous materials (1990)
  • Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas – Frank Brannigan’s building construction (1990)
  • Kansas City, Missouri Arson Task Force – Arson investigation seminar (1990)
  • Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services – Automated external defibrillator (1991)
  • Burlington Northern Railroad – Techniques of handling hazardous material incidents (1991)
  • National Fire Academy – Fire and arson investigation (1991)
  • Kansas City, Missouri Arson Task Force – Arson investigation seminar (1991)
  • Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas – Trench Rescue (1992)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators – Basic fire investigation seminar (1993)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (Kansas Chapter) – Fire and arson investigation conference (1994)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators – international conference, Biloxi, Mississippi (1994)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (Kansas Chapter) – Fire and arson investigation conference (1995)
  • Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation (1995)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators – international conference, Los Angeles, California (1995)
  • Reid Technique for Interviewing and Interrogation, advance course (1995)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (Kansas Chapter) – Fire and arson investigation conference (1996)
  • Kansas City Arson Task Force Fire and Arson Conference (1996)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators – International Conference, St. Louis, Missouri (1996)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (Kansas Chapter) – Fire and arson investigation conference (1997)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (Kansas Chapter) – Fire and arson investigation conference (1998)
  • Kansas City Arson Task Force Fire and Arson Conference (1999)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (Kansas Chapter) – Fire and arson investigation conference (2000)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (Kansas Chapter) – Fire and arson investigation conference (2001)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (Kansas Chapter) – Fire and arson investigation conference (2002)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (Kansas Chapter) – Fire and arson investigation conference (2003)
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