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 Expert  729850

Expert in Fire, Fire Management, Fire Code, Windows, Roofs, Fire Cause and Origin, Expert Witness

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

California (CA)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

Summary of Expertise:

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Expert is a Fire expert witness who is court qualified having testified over 100 times in deposition or trial. Expert has 40 years of experience in fire service administration, including strategic fire planning and evaluating public fire services. Additionally he's qualified to testify in the administration of building and fire codes as well as laws, regulations, ordinances and standards, to evaluate fire and life safety. The training of fire professionals is another area of his expertise. Expert also was the chair of California's Special Arson Task Force and has extensive experience in the investigation of fire origin, cause and spread. Additionally his expertise includes negligence of fire department operations and management. He is a leading expert in window safety and serves on the National Safety Councils Window Safety Task Force. He is a leading expert in fire safety roofing and wildland fire safety. He serves as Executive Director of the National Code Services Association of Western Fire Chiefs Association. He serves as Code Coordinator of the Western Fire Chiefs Association.


arson investigation


boat fire


building fire


chemical fire


commercial fire




fire egress system


fire extinguisher


fire fighting


fire investigation


fire prevention


fire protection


fire risk analysis


fire safety


fire safety code


fire-resistant material






firewall (construction)


flame propagation


fuel fire




National Fire Code


National Fire Protection Association code


propane fire


Standard Fire Code


Uniform Fire Code


vent fire


wood fire retardant

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California;  San Francisco, California;  Sacramento, California;  Oakland, California;  Stockton, California;  Fremont, California;  Modesto, California;  Santa Rosa, California;  Hayward, California;  and Sunnyvale, California.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution  
1984   MBA   Fire Protection Emphasis   Golden Gate University  
1978   BA   Management, Fire Protection Emphasis   University of Redlands  
1966   AA   Fire Science   Mt. San Antonio College  
1963   Certificate in Fire Science     Mt. San Antonio College  

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

1985 to 1992


State of California


State Fire Marshal


Chief State Fire Marshal


Senior Fire Official for the State of California with responsibilities for fire code enforcement, regulations promulgation, legislation, public education, state fire academy/training/certification and fire investigation.

1979 to 1985


Santa Clara County


City of Campbell


Fire Chief/Emergency Services Director


Responsible for fire suppression, code enforcement, fire investigation, emergency medical services and disaster preparedness/response for the City

1977 to 1979


City of San Bernardino


Fire Department


Fire Marshal/Emergency Services Coordinator


Responsible for fire suppression, code enforcement, disaster preparedness, and fire investigation.

1962 to 1977


Fire Departments



Fire Fighter to Fire Chief


Increasingly responsible positions in fire suppression, code enforcement, fire investigation and emergency medical services.

Career Accomplishments:

Expert is the Executive Director of the National Code Services Association of the Western Fire Chiefs Association. He is a member of National Safety Council Window Safety Task Force and former member of Fire Task Group. He is a member of the International Code Council and member and former president of the Forensic Expert Witness Association.


Expert is a lifetime California Communnity College Teaching Credential in Fire Science. He is a Licensed Private Investigator and Qualified Owner/Manager.


Expert is the recipient of the Robert W. Gain Award.

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert has written or participated in the writing of 23 publications.

Consulting Services:
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert is court qualified and has testified as an expert witness over 100 times in deposition or trial. He is the President of The Expert Company, Inc., a fire protection consulting firm with both private sector and government clients. He has provided litigation support for fire origin/cause/spread investigations throughout North America. Numerous large loss fires that have been involved in litigation have been investigated by Expert. He has the ability to conduct the inspection of interest involved in litigation and research the history of the codes in effect at the time the building was built, occupancy taken, or date of the incident. The complete code library includes, national and model building codes, fire codes, as well as, standards that were in effect at the time of interest. Additionally, a request for a survey and report of a facility or occupancy is available in cases where a complex condition is beyond the scope of knowledge the local authority having jurisdiction.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Fire on Motor Yacht POLAR BEAR.
  • Expert for consulting on NFPA 51(B).
  • Expert in arson for consulting on arson murder litigation case.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.


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