Expertise DescriptionI have over 20 years experience in suppression of accidental and incendiary fires of petroleum, rubbish, vehicles, vegetation, and structures. My expertise includes: fire cause and origin; fire company management; fire fighting; rescue; evidence collection; liability identification; criminal investigative procedures; investigative techniques and burns; laws of arrest and firearms; arson fire indicators; arson for profit; live fire investigations; fire chemistry; explosives and post-blast analysis / investigation; electrical fires; wild land fires; vehicle fires; fatal fires; human scent evidence; and juvenile fire setter investigation. I also have experience in portable fire extinguishers, halon / carbon dioxide systems, smoke detectors, emergency lighting, and standpipe / sprinkler testing. I have prior expect witness experience with consultations, deposition, and courtroom testimony.
Areas of Expertise
My expert witness experience includes: Structure fire investigation; Fire origin and cause determination; Civil and/or criminal fire/arson cases; Fire expert witness testimony; Fire case preparation and consulting; Arson; Automotive fire cause and origin.
My consulting experience includes: Fire case review and analysis; Fire expert witness testimony; Fire origin cause and analysis.
I have experience in both origin and cause determination as well as contributing factors that affect human behavior during fires. I am currently a Fire Marshal and regularly inspect/enforce the fire code in multi-unit dwellings.
I have extensive experience with structure fires, as well as spontaneous heating of oily rags as a fire cause. I have significant experience in kitchen fires and overall fire protection systems.
I have experience with insurance losses, as I routinely work for insurance carriers as a Fire Investigator. In addition, I have specific experience with solid fuel cooking devices (pizza ovens) and their ability to cause fires, etc.
|BS||Business Administration||University of Southern California|
|Certified Fire Investigator|
|Certified Fire and Explosive Investigator|
|Caifornia State Fire Marshal Level 1 and 2 Fire Investigator|
|California State Fire Marshal Instructor|
|California State Private Investigator|
Awards & Affiliation
|California Conference of Arson Investigators (CCAI)|
|International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)|
|Investigator of the Year|
|National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)|
|Riverside Arson Task Force|
International Association of Arson Investigators
Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases