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Fire Expert Witnesses

Fire Expert Witnesses

What areas of expertise does a fire expert witness have? These professionals may provide insight and testify in cases involving fire investigation, fire cause and origin, firefighting, fire service, and more. In a lawsuit against a fire department, South Thomaston Fire Chief Bryan Calderwood has agreed to be an expert witness against a neighboring fire department for its handling of firefighting efforts.

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Explosives Expert Witness Testified In Gas Explosion Trial

Explosives Expert Witness Testified In Gas Explosion Trial

Explosives expert witness David Sheppard testified in the case against Mark Leonard who was found guilty of murder, arson and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud in a home explosion that gutted a subdivision and killed two neighbors. Sheppard, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, described how the natural gas explosion sparked a huge fire that damaged or destroyed more than 80 homes in Indianapolis. Leonard planned to collect $300,000 insurance money after filling his Indianapolis home with natural gas and pouring gasoline in two rooms.

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Fire Expert Witness Testifies Re: NEPA

Fire Expert Witness Testifies Re: NEPA

Watershed and fire expert witness Bob Eisele testified before the Senate Natural Resources Committee hearing this month. He described the National Environmental Policy Act as a good system but red tape causes “excessive delays.” Forest Service officials say fire suppression in 2015 could cost between $800M and $1.6B. Mr. Eisele is a Fire Behavior Analyst, SoCal Incident Managment Team 2, and previously a Watershed Manager/Fire Behavior Analyst for the County of San Diego.

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OSHA Expert Witnesses & Adair Grain Explosion

OSHA expert witnesses may consult on OSHA’s policies and standards, accident investigation and causation analysis, and hazard identification. In the news, OSHA cited Adair Grain on October 9, 2013, for unsafe storage and handling of fertilizer which resulted in an explosion killing fifteen people.

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Fire Expert Witnesses & Interagency Hotshot Crews

Fire expert witnesses may consult on fire retardants, fire and explosions investigation, fire equipment, fire safety / protection, wild land fires, and related matters. The Granite Mountain Hotshots, wildfire specialists who lost their lives fighting the Yarnell, AZ, fire were trained to use foil-lined, heat-resistant tarps as emergency shelters to cover themselves as a last resort.

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Fire Expert On Global Fires

Fire expert Max Moritz, UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management professor published a report on global fire risks in June. Moritz described factors which have contributed to extensive fires in 2012, including below average snowfall and pine beetles that kill trees and make them excellent fuel.

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Fire Expert Instrumental In Release Of Innocent Man

A fire expert analyzed evidence in the 1984 arson case against James Kluppelberg which resulted in the convicted man’s release. The expert reported that new technology has changed how fire indicators are examined since the 1984 blaze that killed six.

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Fire Expert On Use of Accelerant In Deadly House Fire

Fire expert Rodrick Stewart testified in the murder trial of Danai Muhammadi, Farhad Mahmud and Emma Smith regarding the fire that killed Melissa Crook, her 15-month-old son, and father. The expert found evidence of gasoline near the stairs and described how the accelerant was sprayed to start the fire.

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Fire Expert & DC Metro Bus Fires

A fire expert has been hired to investigate two fires on Washington (DC) Metropolitan Area Transit Authority buses in the past week. No injuries were reported and 94 buses have been taken out of service.

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Fire Expert On Tragic Blaze

Fire Expert On Tragic Blaze

Fire expert John J. Lentini testified in defense of Daniel Dougherty who has served 12 years in the death of his two sons. Defense lawyers contend the 1985 lethal blaze was not arson but a tragic accident and are asking for a new trial. Lentini believes the fire expert analyzed the data incorrectly in 2000.

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