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Forensic Fire Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Fire Consultant, Fire Safety, Model Fire, Building Codes, National Fire Protection Association Codes Standards, Plan Review, Property Surveys, Emergency Planning, Hazardous Materials, Fire Causes, fire department management, fire ground command, fire services administration, fire labor relations, fire department discipline, Fire Department Response time

Expert Witness No.2273



1993 National Fire Academy
Certificated Executive Fire Officer

1977 University of San Francisco
Bachelor’s Degree in Public Service (Cum laude)

1976, Cosumnes River College
Associate of Arts Degree in Fire Science (With Great Distinction)

Professional Experience

1996 – Present, Fire Protection & Code Consultant

Providing consulting services specializing in the development of fire and life-safety solutions for both the public and the private sectors.  Based on more than three decades of fire-service experience, consulting services include expertise in the application and interpretation of the model fire and building codes including the codes and standards published by the National Fire Protection Association.  Additional services include plan review, property surveys, emergency planning, hazardous materials classification and compliance reporting and project liaison with fire, building, and environmental agencies.  Audits and master planning of fire departments and expert witness services on a variety of fire service and safety issues complete the scope of services available.

Representative Projects

Project coordination with building and fire agencies on behalf of developers and contractors.

General fire-safety consulting services for business, industry and health care facilities.

Fire department audits, master planning and program feasibility studies.

Environmental Impact Report analysis for fire protection and emergency medical services.
Resolution of code compliance issues for private property owners.

Life Safety Code and Health Care Finance Agency compliance inspections for health care facilities.

Plan review, hazard analysis and code compliance field inspections for public agencies.

Expert witness services involving sexual harassment, fire department operations and safety issues, fires involving civilian and firefighter casualties as well as fire code and standards identification.

Development of hazardous materials management plans, emergency operations plans and related employee training.

1987 – 1996 Florin Fire Protection District

Fire Chief

Responsible for fire protection and emergency medical services in a 64-square-mile suburban area of Sacramento County, California, with a rapidly growing and racially diverse population of 72,000.  Oversaw 110 employees in six stations with an annual operating budget of $10 million.  Previously served as firefighter (1964-67); lieutenant (1967-70); captain (1970-75); battalion chief in charge of the Division of Fire Prevention and Investigation with fire and rescue command responsibilities (1975-77); assistant chief and fire marshal with fire and rescue command responsibilities (1977-81); and deputy chief with responsibility for operations, personnel, purchasing, fire prevention and fire investigations (1981-86).


Coordinated all aspects of design, construction, contract development and financing for two new fire stations, an apparatus repair facility, and an administration building.

Developed and implemented a fee for service schedule for fire and emergency medical services, permits, plan review and specified inspection services.

Received the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program’s 1992 Outstanding Research Award for a study on physical fitness in the fire service.

Oversaw the development and implementation of a Continuous Quality Improvement program for emergency medical services, which has served as a model for other fire service agencies.

Established a critical incident debriefing program and a confidential employee assistance program for employees and their families.

Additional Professional Experience

Member, Technical Committee on Fire Service Occupational Safety & Health, NFPA, 1995-2003
Member, Technical Committee on Forest and Rural Fire Protection, NFPA, 1997-Present
Board of Directors – International Fire Code Institute, 1993-96

Liaison, Urban-Wildland Interface Code – International Fire Code Institute, 1995-96
Legislative Task Force – California Fire Chiefs Association, 1993-96
Coordinator, host and sponsor – The Bombero Fire Training Program, 1987-96
Qualified Expert Witness – Sacramento County Municipal and Superior Courts, 1975-Present
President – Sacramento Valley Fire Chiefs Association, 1993-95
Constitution & By Laws Committee – International Association of Fire Chiefs, 1992-97
Area Coordinator – California State Office of Emergency Services, 1987-94
Governing Board – Northern California Special Districts Insurance Authority, 1987-95
President – Western Fire Chiefs Association, 1987-1993
Board of Directors – Western Fire Chiefs Association, 1987-1993
Instructor – California Fire Training Officers Workshop, 1992
Emergency Medical Care Committee – Sacramento County, 1987-92
Fire Technology Instructor, Cosumnes River College, 1973-88
Board of Directors – California Fire Chiefs Association, 1987-90
Investigator – Sacramento County Fire Investigation Unit, 1975-87
Uniform Building Code Chapter 9 Subcommittee – lnt’l.  Conference of Building Officials, 1986
Chairman, Uniform Fire Code Art.79 Subcommittee – Western Fire Chiefs Association, 1982-86
Instructor – Sacramento Valley Fire Prevention Officers Workshops, 1981-82

Specialized Training

Basic Incident Command System Training- California State Fire Training Program, 1984
Strike Team Leader Class – California Office of Emergency Services, 1983-84
Fire Investigation – F.B.I. / California Department of Forestry, 1980
Arson Investigation – National Fire Academy, 1978
Dynamics of Fire Prevention – National Fire Prevention & Control Administration, 1976
Peace Officer Standard Training (PC832) – Sacramento City College, 1975
Fire Prevention and Management by Objectives – California Fire Academy, 1973-75
300-plus hours in Fire Prevention Engineering – California State Fire Marshal’s Office, 1964-75
Nearly 100 hours in multiple subjects – California State Fire Training Program, 1964-75
Lifetime Limited Service Teaching Credential – California Community College Office, 1967

Licenses & Certifications

State of California Bureau of Security & Investigative Services
Private Investigator (PI Number Available upon Request)

Int’l. Fire Code Institute/Int’l Conference of Building Officials
Certified Uniform Fire Code Inspector (Number Available Upon Request)

Professional Memberships

Bay Area Fire Protection Forum
National Fire Protection Association
International Association of Fire Chiefs
National Society of Executive Fire Officers
International Conference of Building Officials
Western Fire Chiefs Association