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Fire Cause Origin Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Fire Cause Origin Investigations, Fire insurance loss, Legal investigations, Insurance investigations, Lead investigation team, Litigation support, Standard operating procedure, Battalion chief, Fire captain, Firefighter training, Fire alarm response, Emergency management, Scene supervision, Public education fire prevention, EMT

Expert No. 1500

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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