GUESTS ON THE SHOW
SHOW #1: HOW TO KEEP FROM SETTING YOURSELF ON FIRE
DECEMBER 14TH, 2016

Chemical reaction, fire dynamics, the nature and behavior of fire, extension cords, candles, fireplaces and more...

Dan Madrzykowski

Dan Madrzykowski

Daniel Madrzykowski , Research Engineer UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Throughout his career, Dan has been conducting fire investigation related studies in a wide range of areas including; fire fighter line of duty deaths, the post-earthquake fires in Kobe,...

Donna R Ingram

Donna R Ingram

Donna Ingram has been in the insurance industry for 28 years. She has worked as an insurance agent, fire and fraud investigator in claims, and currently as a manager over operations, vendor vetting, claims coordination and recruitment. She liaisons between SIU,...

Michael A Schlatman

Michael A Schlatman

Michael Schlatman President of Fire Consulting & Case Review International & FireAnalysis.Net. Has numerous years of fire experience. He peer reviews fire investigation reports for other organizations. He is a Past President of the International Association...

Show #2: fire 101
DECEMBER 21ST, 2016

Candle and cigarette fires, ignitable liquids, death investigations, the FBI and more...

Tom Fee

Tom Fee

Thomas J. Fee, IAAI-CFI, CCAI-CFI Mr. Fee has been involved in the field of Fire, Fraud and Explosive investigations for over 40 years. He retired from the Pomona Fire Department after 28 years of service. He worked in the arson/bomb unit for 25 years and was the...

Dr. Dave Icove

Dr. Dave Icove

David J. Icove, PhD, PE UL Professor of Practice The University of Tennessee Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science His Website The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Professor of Practice, Dr. Icove is an internationally recognized forensic fire...

Dr. John DeHaan

Dr. John DeHaan

Dr. John DeHaan has over 45 years experience in fire- and explosion-related forensic science and has been deeply involved with improving fire investigation. After earning his BS (Physics, University of Illinois – Chicago Circle, 1969), he spent 29 years with county,...

SHOW #3: fire csi
DECEMBER 28th, 2016

Fire chemistry and criminal justice in the laboratory, scene examinations, canines and more...

Rusty Vollintine

Rusty Vollintine

James (Rusty) Vollintine has more than 27 years in the fire service and currently serves as a full-time fire investigator and Accelerant Detection Canine handler for the City of Topeka, Kansas Fire Department, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to his current...

Bob Toth

Bob Toth

Robert Toth's professional career started with nearly 21 years in the fire service. The last 10 years included law enforcement and conducting fire investigations in both the public and private sector. Retiring from the fire service in 2002, he started IRIS Fire...

Dr. Andrew Armstrong

Dr. Andrew Armstrong

Dr. Armstrong is the Cofounder and Senior Vice President of Armstrong Forensic Laboratory, Inc., a private laboratory providing specialized testing for identification of ignitable liquids, environmental, and industrial hygiene.  He has been the primary consultant in...

Show #4: the state and local arson teams
january 4th, 2017

Fire service, private investigation, arson, law enforcement, Fire Marshal investigators and inspectors, criminal cases and more... Guests: Jamie Novak, David Bridges, Greg Carrell State Fire Marshal, Wally Roberts.

Greg Carrell

Greg Carrell

Greg Carrell began his public safety career in 1983 when he left chemical engineering school to take a job as a police officer in his hometown of St. James, Missouri in 1983.  Always interested in fire investigation, he became a volunteer firefighter and certified...

David Bridges

David Bridges

David Bridges is an associate in Meagher & Geer’s Catastrophic Loss Practice Group, focusing on complex civil litigation, including fires, explosions, structural failures, fire protection system failures, product failures and other catastrophic losses and...

Show #5: Insurance Industry Fights Arson
january 11th, 2017

The insurance industry and fire, vetting of fire investigators, special investigations unit, SIU unit and more... Guests: Joe Toscano, Kathleen Alverio, Randy Watson.

Randy Watson

Randy Watson

Randy Watson, IAAI-CFI®, IAAI-CI®, CFEI, CVFI, CFII, F-IAFI. Randy is a Senior Fire Investigator, Training Coordinator and Regional Manager of the Atlanta, Georgia, office of S-E-A, Ltd. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina....

Kathleen Alverio

Kathleen Alverio

For over 20 years, Kathleen Alverio has handled the investigation of complex fraudulent insurance claims, data analysis and development of facts and evidence. She has coordinated claim triage for investigations with outside contacts, various states Department of...

Joe Toscano

Joe Toscano

JOSEPH P. TOSCANO IAAI-CFI & CI Senior Fire Consultant & Director of Business Development Jack Ward Fire Consultants, LLC Joe has been involved in all aspects of the field of fire investigation and case management for more than forty years. His expertise...

Show #6: private fire investigators
january 18th, 2017

The private investigators, IAAI, bomb squad, drug cartels, fire death investigations and more... Guests: Doug Monty, Kirk Hankins.

Kevin Savage

Kevin Savage

Mr. Savage began Law Enforcement career as a Patrol Officer for the City of Champaign, Illinois after serving in the U.S. Military for approximately 5 years. Kevin served over 26 years as a special agent with ATF. He spent 20 years on the South Texas Border; the last...

Kirk Hankins

Kirk Hankins

R. Kirk Hankins IAAI-CFI, FIFireE, IAAI-CI, IAAI-ECT Mr. Hankins is the Regional Manager and a Senior Investigator with Fire Consulting and Case Review International Inc., which was founded in 2005.  Previously he was the Regional Manager for Consolidated Forensic...

Show #7: Forensic Fire Engineering
january 25th, 2017

Fire codes, saving lives, forensic electrical engineers, mechanic engineers, fire causation and more... Guests: Lou Bilancia, Kyle Minden.

Kyle Minden

Kyle Minden

Kyle T. Minden, P.E. Mr. Minden is a mechanical engineering graduate of Kansas State University. He provides consulting services in the areas of design and performance of machinery and machine components, pressure vessels, fracture analysis, metallurgy, fire...

Lou Blancia

Lou Blancia

LOUIS F. BILANCIA, P.E. Mr. Bilancia is an electrical engineer and ESI Senior Staff Consultant with 17 years of experience in fire origin and cause evaluations, including those where electrical activity may have been involved. He has performed more than 800 fire and...

Show #8: Fire and the courts
February 1st, 2017

Criminal courts, District Attorney, civil courts, expert fire investigators, subrogation and more... Guests: Samantha Shannon, Mark Scheer, Chris Konzelmann, David Bridges

David Bridges

David Bridges

David Bridges is an associate in Meagher & Geer’s Catastrophic Loss Practice Group, focusing on complex civil litigation, including fires, explosions, structural failures, fire protection system failures, product failures and other catastrophic losses and...

Chris Konzelmann

Chris Konzelmann

Chris is a partner in the 33 lawyer Subrogation Department at the Philadelphia based law firm of White and Williams LLP where he began his legal career in 1990.  He regularly acts as lead counsel in fire related subrogation matters throughout the United States with...

Mark Scheer

Mark Scheer

Mr. Scheer has a thriving litigation practice and focuses on complex and commercial litigation. He is admitted in Federal and State Court, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a trial lawyer. He has tried cases in admiralty, collapse, coverage, construction,...

Samantha Shannon

Samantha Shannon

Samantha Shannon Assistant District Attorney Johnson County, Kansas Samantha Shannon is an Assistant District Attorney with Johnson County District Attorney’s Office located in Olathe, Kansas a suburb in the Kansas City Metro area.  Sam has worked in the DA’s office...

Show #9: Groups that Fight Arson
 February 8th, 2017

IAAI, volunteer fire departments, fighting arson, private investigations, CFI, National Fire Marshal's Association and more... Guests: George Codding, Scott Bennett, Bumper Moylan.

Bumper Moylan

Bumper Moylan

William T. Moylan, IAAI-CFI, CFEI Mr. Moylan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science from the University of Maryland. Mr. Moylan retired as Lieutenant of Investigators from the Union County, New Jersey, Prosecutor’s Office after a 28-year law enforcement...

Scott Bennett

Scott Bennett

Scott Bennett, Manager/Investigator of Fire and Explosion Consultants, LLC. Scott co-founded Fire and Explosion Consultants, LLC in 2012, but since beginning his career as a volunteer fire cadet in 1976 has spanned over 40 years in the fields of fire science, law...

George Codding

George Codding

George A. Codding is currently the President of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), the worldwide organization of fire and explosion investigators with almost 9,000 members in 79 chapters and over 50 countries.  In 1998, he began his...

Show #10: arson and the u.s. gov't
February 15th, 2017

IAAI Director of Governmental Affairs, government fire legislation, Congressional Fire Service Institute, ATF, CFI, training for fire investigators and more... Guests: Steve Austin, Don Robinson.

Donald Robinson

Donald Robinson

Donald G. Robinson Special Agent in Charge ATF National Center for Explosives Training and Research (NCETR) Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Alabama Donald G. Robinson is the Special Agent in Charge of the National Center for Explosives Training and Research.  Robinson...

Steve Austin

Steve Austin

Steve Austin is the Director of Governmental Affairs for the International Association of Arson Investigators. He has served in that capacity since 1985 where he represents the Association in Washington DC. He is a 53-year veteran of the fire service. Steve is a Past...

Show #11: International fire investigations
February 22nd, 2017

Fire causation in Northern Europe, Israel, arson in Mexico and more... Guests: Dr. Peter Mansi, Ran, Schalief, Rod Pevytoe, Ricardo Torres.

Ricardo Torres

Ricardo Torres

Ricardo Torres Ricardo Torres is a Vice President at Envista Forensics, responsible for the management of the companyís Latin American operations. Since 2007, he has been the principal consultant in fire and explosion losses throughout Latin America including Mexico,...

Ran Schalief

Ran Schalief

Commander - Head of the Fire Investigation Department, Fire and Rescue Commission, Israel since 2012. 25 fire investigators working under my command investigating more than 5,000 fires every year all over the country. A lecturer of the Science of Fire – the Haifa...

Dr. Peter Mansi

Dr. Peter Mansi

Peter Mansi A Certified Fire Investigator with the IAAI, Member of the Chartered Society for Forensic Sciences and Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers. Peter attended and passed a two-week fire investigation course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training...

Rod Pevytoe

Rod Pevytoe

Rodney J. Pevytoe Started in law enforcement as a part-time Deputy Sheriff while attending the University of Wisconsin and earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. In 1980 was hired a Special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal...

Show #12: Fire and the media
March 1st, 2017

Online fire training, social media in fire investigations, fire reporters and the news, radio, print and more... Guests: Rod Ammon, Jason Rhodes, Mark Sweany.

Mark Sweany

Mark Sweany

Mark Sweany - Been in the fire service 31+ years, started out as a volunteer firefighter in Mission, KS and went to Overland Park FD in January 1988.  Certified Investigator with state of Kansas and involved in fire investigations since 1999.  KSIAAI and IAAI member. ...

Rod Ammon

Rod Ammon

Rod Ammon President/Executive Producer Stonehouse Media Incorporated Rod Ammon, President of Stonehouse Media Incorporated, has over 25 years of experience in television, film, interactive media, and digital and online marketing. He specializes in working with...

Show #13: Bomb, Explosion, Fire Identification and Testing
March 8th, 2017

Bomb technicians, explosives, disposable robots, fire testing, explosions and more... Guests: Jamie Novak, Steve Carman, John Morris.

Steve Carman

Steve Carman

Steven Carman is the President of Carman & Associates Fire Investigation, Inc. in Northern California.  He retired as an ATF Senior Special Agent in 2008. He served as an ATF Certified Fire Investigator for 15 years and spent more than nine years as a member of...

John Morris

John Morris

John Morris is the principal owner of Morris Fire Investigations. John is a retired ATF Special Agent Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) and Certified Explosives Specialist (CES).  John’s expertise includes over 725 fire and explosion scene examinations with multiple...

Show #14: Accelerant K-9's and Bomb Detection Dogs

Please join us as we welcome back Rusty Vollintine and Wally Roberts to the show to talk about accelerant K-9's, bomb detection dogs, and why they are such an effective tool for fire investigations.

Rusty Vollintine

Rusty Vollintine

James (Rusty) Vollintine has more than 27 years in the fire service and currently serves as a full-time fire investigator and Accelerant Detection Canine handler for the City of Topeka, Kansas Fire Department, a position he has held since 2002. Prior to his current...

Show #15: So You Want to be a Fire Investigator

Please join us, Gary Thorstenson, and Trace Lawless as we discuss how students, firefighters and police need training to become fire investigators. Be sure to listen in on how you can become a fire investigator.

Gary Thorstenson

Gary Thorstenson

Gary Thorstenson is an experienced Training Management Professional who is skilled in fire investigation.  He is presently the Regional Training Manger for the IAAI and a Deputy Fire Marshal in the town of East Lyme, CT.  Formally, he was the lead trainer for the CT...

Trace Lawless

Trace Lawless

Trace Lawless began his career in the public sector in 1980. He now has more than 34 years of experience in the fields of fire service, law enforcement, and fire and explosion investigations. Trace is a graduate of the National Fire Academy, as well as the Federal Law...

Show #16: Wildland Fires

Please join us, Tom Fee and Doug Allen as we discuss wildland fires, what causes them, the challenges in suppressing them, and how they are investigated.

Doug Allen

Doug Allen

Doug Allen retired as a Division Chief with 32 years of service in the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE).  He was the Southern California Law Enforcement Coordinator for CALFIRE, coordinating the Southern Arson Investigation Unit and...

Tom Fee

Tom Fee

Thomas J. Fee, IAAI-CFI, CCAI-CFI Mr. Fee has been involved in the field of Fire, Fraud and Explosive investigations for over 40 years. He retired from the Pomona Fire Department after 28 years of service. He worked in the arson/bomb unit for 25 years and was the...

Show #17: Commercial Kitchen Fires

Please join us as we talk to Chip Barnhart and Bill Almon about the causes of restaurant fires and how they can be prevented.

Bill Almon

Bill Almon

Have you ever seen a fire burning and wondered what happened?  Bill Almon did, and in 1994 he entered the fire service and began his journey to learning the answer of what happened.  Bill Almon was born on May 18, 1976, in Roanoke, Alabama.  He grew up in Franklin,...

Chip Barnhart

Chip Barnhart

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...