Fireplace Investigation Expert Witness Ojai 537372


Expertise Description

I have worked in the chimney and fireplace investigations for more than three decades with an emphasis on fireplace manufacturing standard of care. My additional areas of expertise include cause and origin investigations; chimney safety; contracting; earthquake assessments; flue sweeping; installation defect analysis; installation specifications; on-site inspections; pre-listing fireplace inspections; and pre-requisite and resale fireplace inspections. I have practiced inspecting masonry, factory built, free-standing and insert, and pre-cast tilt-up fireplaces/appliances for gas, wood and pellet. I have spent over 20 years providing consultations and deposition as a fireplace investigations expert witness.

Areas of Expertise


Licenses Certifications

California State Licensed Contractor
C.S.I.A., (Chimney Safety Institute of America,) Certified Chimney Sweep
F.I.R.E. (Fireplace Investigation, Research & Education Service,) Certified Inspector
F.I.R.E. (Fireplace Investigation, Research & Education Service,) Advance Expert Consulting & Witness, certificate
N.F.I. (National Fireplace Institute,) Certified Gas & Wood-Burning Specialist

Awards & Affiliation

National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG)
Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)
National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)
Hearth, Patio, & BBQ Association (HPBA)
International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)

Primary Affiliation

National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG)



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