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Fire expert witnesses practice in a variety of fields, including fire investigation, fire safety engineering, fire protection, arson investigation, and electrical fires. Some of the most common specialties among fire expert witnesses also include fire cause and origin, fire behavior analysis, fire prevention systems, fire risk assessment, and building code compliance. They can opine on the effects of faulty wiring, improper storage of flammable materials, inadequate fire safety measures, arson-related crimes, and the impact of building design on fire spread.

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Stephen Miller Olenick, CFEI, MBA, MSFPE, PEView profile

ID: 29388

Mr. Stephen Miller Olenick, CFEI, MBA, MSFPE, PE

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Maryland

Mr. Stephen M. Olenick has 25 years of experience in Fire Protection Engineering and Forensic Analysis with expertise in Fire and Explosion Investigation. He earned his BS and MS in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland and his MBA in General Business from Loyola University. Today, this expert is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator by the National Association of Fire...

Prescribed Fire and Controlled Burning Expert WitnessView profile

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Prescribed Fire and Controlled Burning Expert Witness

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Oklahoma

This expert has over years of experience in prescribed fire, controlled burns, wildfire, and smoke impacts to people, vegetation, and infrastructure. He earned his BS in plant science at Cameron University and his MS in range science at Texas Tech University. This expert is active in his field as a member of the Oklahoma Volunteer Fire Department, the Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils, and...

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Roger Louis Schneider, PhDView profile

ID: 54183

Dr. Roger Louis Schneider, PhD

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Wisconsin

Dr. Roger L. Schneider has 51 years of experience in the field of Chemical Engineering with a specialized focus in Fireworks and Hazardous Materials. He earned his Ph.D. in Physical Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Formerly, he served as a Contract Researcher at the U.S. Army Research,...

Emergency Medical Services Expert WitnessView profile

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Emergency Medical Services Expert Witness

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California

This expert is a member of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, California Council of EMS Educators, California Fire Chiefs, California EMS Educator/QI Group, and National Association of EMS Educators. He is currently the President and Education Program Director of a private EMT training center. He has 26 years of experience in Emergency Medical Services and 20+ years as an...

Peter James Leiss, PEView profile

ID: 61246

Mr. Peter James Leiss, PE

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Pennsylvania

Mr. Peter J. Leiss has 22 years of experience in the field of Automotive Engineering and Accident Reconstruction. He earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University. Today, this expert is licensed as a Professional Engineer in Connecticut, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada,...

EMS and Fire Safety Expert WitnessView profile

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EMS and Fire Safety Expert Witness

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Connecticut

This licensed paramedic has over 37 years of EMS experience with 22 years in an administrative capacity. In addition, he has a plethora of certifications including EMS instructor, OSHA compliance instructor, and Emergency Vehicle Operator Instructor (EVOC). Finally, he has held several extremely prestigious EMS related positions including the Director of Emergency Management for Portland, CT...

Daniel Timothy Gottuk, PE, PhDView profile

ID: 72557

Dr. Daniel Timothy Gottuk, PE, PhD

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Maryland

Dr. Daniel T. Gottuk has 34 years of experience in Fire Detection, Fire Dynamics, and Forensics. He earned his BS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech. Today, this expert is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the states of Alabama, Rhode Island, and Maryland. Formerly, this expert served as the Senior Vice President of Advanced Solutions, and as Technical Director, Chief...

Firearms Expert WitnessView profile

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Firearms Expert Witness

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New Hampshire

This expert has worked in the firearms and firearms training business for over 40 years in the military, specializing in Combat Tactics and Training, Marksmanship, and Small Arms Skill Development. He holds membership in a multitude of distinguished professional firearm organizations and has earned the prestigious U.S. Army Distinguished Badges for both Service Pistol and Service Rifle. This...

Joseph Howard Romig, CFEI, CFII, CVFI, PhDView profile

ID: 88588

Dr. Joseph Howard Romig, CFEI, CFII, CVFI, PhD

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Colorado

Dr. Joseph H. Romig has 47 years of experience in the field of Applied Physics and Engineering. He earned his BA in Physics from the University of Colorado Boulder and his MS in Plasma Physics from the University of Oxford. He also obtained his Ph.D. in Astrogeophysics from the University of Colorado Boulder. Today, this expert is a certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, Fire Investigation...

Fire Extinguishing Systems Expert WitnessView profile

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Fire Extinguishing Systems Expert Witness

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North Carolina

This expert has been working with fire extinguishing systems for 40 years. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds membership in both the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and the National Fire Protection Association. He spent 15 years working for Ansul/Wormald, starting as a Development Engineer of fire suppression products and working his way up through the roles of Manufacturing...

Timothy James Myers, CFEI, PE, PhDView profile

ID: 122120

Dr. Timothy James Myers, CFEI, PE, PhD

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Massachusetts

Dr. Timothy J. Myers has 23 years of experience in the field of Chemical Engineering. He earned his BS in Forest Resources from the University of Washington and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley. Today, this expert is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator by the National Association of Fire Investigators. He is also a licensed Professional Engineer...

Mechanical Engineering Expert WitnessView profile

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Mechanical Engineering Expert Witness

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Arizona

This engineer is an expert in the areas of fire causation and consumer product defects as well as construction materials and workmanship issues. He has specific expertise with installation and maintenance of household appliances including stoves and ovens. He belongs to a number of societies in the engineering field including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Academy...

Mark James Svare, CFEI, PE, PhDView profile

ID: 211185

Dr. Mark James Svare, CFEI, PE, PhD

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Minnesota

Dr. Mark J. Svare has 42 years of experience in Electrical Engineering. He earned his BEE in Electrical Power System and Biomedical Instrumentation from the University of Minnesota and his PhD in Science and Engineering from the University of Dundee. Today, this expert is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators and a board certified...

Electrical Project Completion Expert WitnessView profile

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Electrical Project Completion Expert Witness

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California

This expert is a certified master electrician, commercial electrical inspector, licensed electrical contractor, and NEC expert. He also completed an OSHA 30 hour construction safety training course. He is a member of both the National Fire Protection Association and the International Association of Electrical Inspectors. He has spent multiple years as a foreman and journeyman electrician on...

Shawn Price Ray, ACTAR, CFEI, CVFI, PEView profile

ID: 256652

Mr. Shawn Price Ray, ACTAR, CFEI, CVFI, PE

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Florida

Mr. Shawn P. Ray has 32 years of experience in the field of Accident Reconstruction. He earned his AS in Mathematics and Natural Sciences from Fort Hays State University and both his BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Methodist University. Today, this expert is a certified Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, a certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, a certified Fire...

Forestry  Firefighting and Emergency Management Expert WitnessView profile

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Forestry Firefighting and Emergency Management Expert Witness

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California

This highly qualified expert has 44+ years of experience in Structural and Wildland Firefighting, Emergency and Disaster Response, which includes from basic hand crew work and entry level firefighter, up to and including being Incident Commander on thousands of emergency incidents. For the past 37 years he has been an instructor and an educational designer, developing and instructing courses in...

Erik Matthew Swonder, CFI, MS, PEView profile

ID: 276750

Mr. Erik Matthew Swonder, CFI, MS, PE

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Michigan

Mr. Erik M. Swonder has 20 years of experience in the fields of Electrical Engineering and Fire Investigation. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and his MS in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University. Today, this expert is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators. Additionally, he is licensed as a...

Electrical Engineering & Fire Analysis Expert WitnessView profile

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Electrical Engineering & Fire Analysis Expert Witness

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Illinois

This expert brings 40+ years of electrical engineering experience to a continuing career in failure analysis and electrical fire investigations. In addition to his professional work for several industrial firms, he has taught these subjects at the Illinois Fire Academy., Wisconsin IAAI.

Michael Thomas Burr, CFI, MS, PEView profile

ID: 300501

Mr. Michael Thomas Burr, CFI, MS, PE

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Michigan

Mr. Michael T. Burr has 17 years of experience in Materials Science. He earned his BS in Material Science and Engineering from Michigan State University and his MS in Material Science and Engineering from Wayne State University. Today, this expert is licensed as a Professional Engineer in the states of Michigan and New Jersey. He is also a Certified Fire Investigator through the International...

Forensic Fire Investigation Expert WitnessView profile

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Forensic Fire Investigation Expert Witness

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Louisiana

This expert has 25+ years of law enforcement experience, for the vast majority of which he served as a fire investigator for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. A certified fire investigator with both the ATF and the International Association of Arson Investigators, he has consulted for police forces in countries such as Colombia and Latvia on arson investigation practices....

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Fire Expert Witness FAQs

A fire expert witness provides specialized knowledge about fire causes, prevention, and safety. They can analyze evidence, reconstruct incidents, and provide credible testimony in court.

Fire expert witnesses often work on cases involving arson, fire safety violations, insurance claims, wrongful death suits due to fires, and product liability cases related to fire hazards.

In an arson case, a fire expert can determine the cause and origin of the fire, identify accelerants used, and testify about these findings in court.

Yes, some experts specialize in areas like electrical fires, industrial fires, wildfire investigations, or fire protection engineering.

A certified investigator has undergone rigorous training and testing to prove their expertise. Their certification adds credibility to their analysis and testimony.

Expert Institute offers a personalized approach to help you find the highest quality experts. We source actively-practicing professionals who match all your requirements for specialty areas, work experience, litigation history, fee range, certifications, location, and more.

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