Expert 56433 - CA(S)

Expertise Description

I 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

Expert Witness

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.

Consulting Experience

My consulting experience includes: Fire case review and analysis; Fire expert witness testimony; Fire origin cause and analysis.

Professional Experiences

Relevant Experiences

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.


BSBusiness AdministrationUniversity of Southern California

Licenses Certifications

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

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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

Primary Affiliation

International Association of Arson Investigators

Partial List of Consulting Expert Witness Cases