My name is Chip Barnhart and I specialize in commercial kitchen fire losses. My role in an investigation is to evaluate the performance of the commercial kitchen fire suppression system, ventilation, and related components. I worked for a manufacturer and wholesaler of fire suppression equipment for over 6 years as a product training & technical support specialist. Besides training the installers of commercial kitchen fire suppression equipment and answering related technical questions, I went to fire losses as a company representative when our attendance was requested. That was how I got my first exposure to a fire investigation. My entry into the field of fire investigation is somewhat atypical; coming from the “product” side compared to most of my colleagues who came from the public sector, academia, or a combination of both.
I began working in this field in 2006 and have been working for Barnhart Consulting Services since 2013. I have had the opportunity to attend training and teach classes in many different venues throughout the United States and Canada. My residence is in the vicinity of Rapid City, South Dakota and I service customers throughout the United States and Canada.