Fire and Explosion Investigator
Agosti has more than 30 years experience involving fire
investigations and prevention. His experience includes structure
fires; vehicle fires; fire deaths/injuries: evidence collection and
spoliation; witness interviews; still and video photography;
building and fire codes, including fire/building code violations;
life safety code violations; smoke, fire, carbon dioxide detector
and alarm issues; fire spread issues; fire sprinklers, walls, and
doors; fire exits and illumination; fire prevention analysis; fire
department practices, including fire department
operations/practices/management; firefighter deaths/injuries/safety;
origin and make initial determination of cause including structures,
vehicles, equipment, and marine; insurance claims and criminal cases
involving theft, fires, fraud, and conspiracies to commit arson;
electrocutions; investigation of bombings and incendiary fires; boiler
and furnace fires/ explosions; LP and natural gas fires/explosions;
kitchen range fires; spontaneous combustions; electrical fires,
including automobile, truck, boats, and equipment; fireplace, flue,
and chimney fires; home appliance fires; industrial fires and
|Paul R. Bladdick, FASSE, MP; Master Plumber Expert||
Mr. Bladdick has over 40 years experience as first
a Plumber Apprentice, then a Journeyman Plumber, and, finally a
Master Plumber. His expertise includes plumbing codes and
standards; fuel gas explosions; backflow device testing;
plumbing technical training; plumbing construction management;
welding technologies; combination and mixing valves; sewer
design and control; and fire protection systems.
Christopher R. Bommarito, IAI;
Mr. Bommarito has over 20 years experience as a forensic
scientist and chemist. His expertise includes trace evidence
analysis; analytical methods including GC-MS, SEM-EDS, FTIR,
HPLC, IC, and GC; wet chemistry; crime scene reconstruction;
clandestine drug laboratory investigations; drug analysis; paint
analysis; fiber and wood analysis; glass analysis; soil
analysis; bloodstain pattern analysis; scanning electron
microscopy; crime scene search; stereochemistry and
chromatography; explosive residue and pyrotechnics;
footwear and footprints; fingerprinting; controlled
substances; fire debris analysis; knots and ligatures; tire
impressions; forensic photography; spectroscopy and microscopy;
forensic entomology; human remains decomposition; airbag
analysis; and lamp examinations.
Chris is a member of The
Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS); The
Scientific Working Group for Materials Analysis (SWGMAT); The
American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS); The International
Association for Identification (IAI); The American Chemical
Society (ACS); and The Midwestern Association of Forensic
Chris has received the 2003 Midwestern Association of
Forensic Scientists “Outstanding Scientist” award; was one of
ten forensic scientists selected to the Scientific Working Group
for Materials Analysis, Paint Subgroup, which sets international
guidelines for forensic paint examination; and was the Statewide
Coordinator for Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (MSP), 2004-2006.
Timothy J. Dickson, PE, SE;
|Civil/structural engineering; field investigations; laboratory studies; commercial and residential buildings and bridges constructed of reinforced concrete (conventional, pre-stressed and post-tensioned), structural steel, masonry and timber; foundation underpinning systems; earth retention systems using soil nail walls, segmental retaining walls and sheet piles; structural failures/collapses; water infiltration; roofing failures; building façade evaluations; work zone safety; windows, doors, floors, stairs, and ramps; fire, wind, ice, and snow damage; professional liability claims; preparation of construction documents; evaluation of field test-data; property loss; construction defects; natural gas explosion damage; building settlement; deteriorated concrete and masonry; building rehabilitation and renovation; high wind, tornado, and blizzard damage; precast concrete planks; structural steel frames; fatigue and static performance tests; jointless bridges; parking garage rehabilitation; bracing failure investigations.|
Licensed Engineer in Michigan
Mr. Feliks has more
than 20 years experience in construction project management.
His expertise includes hospital, healthcare, and educational
building design and construction, including flooring, painting,
lighting and ceiling replacement; building standards and code
compliance, including ADA, ANSI, NFPA, BOCA, IBC, and OSHA;
Professional Liability issues and Standards of Practice; clean rooms
and operating rooms; and project
contracts, including shop drawings, submittals, bid and project
documents, and change orders.
J. Galko, PE, CFEI
Civil Engineer and Explosion Investigator
Licensed Engineer in several states, including Michigan, Ohio, Indiana (ask for others)
Mr. Galko has more than 30 years experience involving building
design, construction, renovation, and maintenance, including
structural evaluations. Al's experience also includes
warehouse and manufacturing plant
roadway design, air pollution sampling, and work zone safety.
Al is a Registered Professional Engineer in 26 states, and is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator; a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers; the American Institute of Architects; the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers; the International Conference of Building Officials; the National Academy of Building Inspecting Engineers; and the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
H. Glidden, PE, CFEI, PI; Mechanical Engineer, Certified Fire
and Explosion Investigator, Licensed Private Investigator
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Texas
Mr. Glidden has
more than 35
related to buildings and building systems/equipment operation, maintenance,
Bill's experience includes management of waste materials; air and
water environmental control; fire systems and safety; equipment failure
evaluation; building construction, renovation, operation, and maintenance;
building plumbing and HVAC; and hospital mechanical and electrical systems
Bills' professional membership includes ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers), ASHE (American Society of Hospital Engineers), NAFEI (National Association of Fire and Explosion Investigators), and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association).
Bill has been involved with structural fire and explosion origin and cause litigation, providing site investigations, evidence examination, reports, and expert testimony.
|Ann G. Harris, CPG; Geology/ Mining Expert||
Ms. Harris has more than 30 years experience involving geological
investigations, with specialized expertise in mine incidents in Ohio
and Pennsylvania. Her expertise includes mine
stability/stabilization, mine reclamation, coal mining techniques,
test drilling operations and landslides, in addition to well and
groundwater evaluations, including pollution.
|Robert A. Hayes, CPG; Forensic Geologist||
Mr. Hayes has more than 30 years experience
involving geological investigations including all aspects of water
and soil evaluation, contamination, and remediation. His expertise
includes identifying and evaluating (including "age-dating")
geological evidence to determine responsible parties and to
determine cost-allocations, both present and future. Bob's previous
experience includes floodplain studies; soil and groundwater
contamination; river and lake dredging; leaking underground storage
tanks; and mineral and property valuations.
Bob is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists; the National Ground Water Association; the Association of Ground Water Scientists and Engineers; the MUSTFA Policy Advisory Board; and the Michigan Society of Planning Officials.
R. Heyl, PE; Electrical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan
30 years experience involving building electrical system and equipment
design, installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
His experience includes residential, commercial, industrial, and manufacturing
facilities and their appliances/equipment.
has been involved with automation and robotic systems; computers and PLC programming; low
and medium voltage distribution systems; code compliance; and standby and prime power
Jims experience also includes controls and instrumentation systems as well as investigations of electrical systems and components as the origin or cause of fires. Jim is a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers) and IES (Illuminating Engineering Society).
Hill, PE; Mechanical Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Wisconsin
Mr. Hill has
30 years experience
involving building HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electrical systems
His experience includes design, installation, code compliance,
damage, defects and personal injury.
Jim is a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers) and NSPE (National Society of Professional Engineers). Jim is a Registered PE in 7 states and has expert witness courtroom experience.
Jim's past projects have included bakery and food processing equipment and facilities; commercial and industrial refrigeration/freezer systems; hot water and steam boilers systems; turbines, compressor, pumps, fans, and vacuum systems; kitchens; locker rooms, dining rooms and restrooms; and code and safety compliance, including ADA (American with Disability Act).
Blaine J. Hoffmann, MS, OSHM;
Mr. Hoffman's experience includes workplace safety, training,
investigations, accident investigations and audits;
legal aspects of safety and health; training and
development programs; written program development;
interpretation of OSHA general industry and construction
industry, healthcare industry standards; VPP program management;
MSHA training and regulatory interpretations; 40-hr HAZWOPER;
and Arc-Flash (NFPA 70E).
Blaine is an authorized OSHA Outreach Instructor for both
General Industry and Construction.
Robert C. Krause, MS, EMT-P, CFI;
Emergency Medical Services Expert
Mr. Krause has over 20 years experience in emergency medical
services as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) performing
Emergency Medical Services (EMS). His experience includes
emergency vehicle driving operations; EMS chart and protocol
reviews; EMS, EMT, and paramedic policies, procedures, and
standards of care; emergency communications procedures; fire
department operations, ambulance operations, fire department
training procedures; fire suppression tactics; fire, rescue, and
extrication operations; law enforcement policies and procedures;
safety and security training; emergency medicine, including
pediatric; medical records review; first responder training;
OSHA compliance; water safety; telecommunications; respiratory
and cardiac arrest; chemical agents, including WMD's; school
violence and security; and workplace violence.
Bob is a member of The International Association of Firefighters (IAFF); The International Society of Fire Service Instructors; The International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM); The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); The National Association of EMS Educators; The National Academy of Emergency Medical Dispatch (NAEMD); The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO); The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS); and The National Flight Paramedics Association. Bob has given over a dozen EMS and EMT presentations nationally and internationally, and has contributed to several medical publications and professional journals.
Mr. Lemmon has more than 30 years experience in the propane field.
His experience includes propane system components, installations,
and servicing; propane system engineering and design; propane bulk
Tracey is the Propane Awareness Committee Chairman and past president of the Ohio Propane Gas Association and a member of the National Fire Protection Agency. He also holds the US patent for ConstaWatch� Pneumatic/Electronic Operation System, which controls internal valves and pump motors for the safe operation and emergency shutdown of a hazardous materials plant.
M. Manuta, PhD, FAIC
Environmental/ Occupational Expert
Dr. Manuta has more than 20 years experience
specializing in the application of chemical principles to solve problems for
commercial product and industrial process improvements. He has served as an
expert witness in litigation involving damage, defects, and personal injury
involving fundamental chemical principles. His expertise includes
fundamental chemical principles;
electrochemistry, thermodynamics; handling safety of gases,
chemicals, and oxidizers;
industrial and manufacturing operations safety; fire and explosion investigations
(including arson); hazardous material and radiation exposure; clandestine manufacturing of
illegal drugs; cleaning and disinfecting products and equipment; worker chemical sensitivity assessments; dust and fumes exposure;
fireworks incidents; spontaneous combustion; skin care products; infrared spectroscopy and
gas chromatography testing; and refrigerant hazards.
Dave is a member of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), ACS (American Chemical Society, Inorganic and Fluorine Divisions), ACCandCE (Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers), AIC (American Institute of Chemists), ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators), NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), NFC (National Forensic Center), and the Ohio Academy of Science. Dave has also published and presented more than 20 papers and reports.
Rob Painter, ASE, CFL, CFEI, CVFI, CFATE;
Senior Forensic Vehicle Analyst
Mr. Painter has over 20 years of experience in
vehicle transponders, ignition locks, steering columns, and
anti-theft systems; vehicle fraud; production and testing of
keys and locks; air bags; fire and explosion origin and cause;
vehicle collision repair; auto and medium/heavy duty trucks;
vehicle brakes, steering, suspension, engines, drive train,
axles, air conditioning, and electrical/electronic components;
and auto dealership management.
Rob is a
Board Certified Forensic
Examiner; an ASE Certified Auto, Collision, Med/Hvy/Duty Truck
Technician; a Certified Airbag Specialist; a Certified Forensic
Locksmith; a Certified Forensic Auto Theft Examiner L-5; a
Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator; and a Certified Fire and
Explosion Investigator. He is a
Member of The International Association of Forensic Auto
Theft Examiners; The International Association of Arson
Investigators (Multiple chapter membership); The North Central
Regional Chapter of International Association of Auto Theft
Investigators; The International Automotive Technicians Network;
The South Carolina Insurance Fraud Investigators; The National
Association of Fire Investigators; and The American College of
|William Gary Rogers, CFI, LPI; Fire Investigator||
Mr. Rogers has more than 30 years experience involving the investigation and
"chemistry" of fires and explosions. His experience also includes
environmental assessments and remediation, mold and asbestos abatement,
structural collapse evaluations, and hazardous materials management.
Gary is a member of the American Institute of Planners, the Society of American Foresters, the International Association of Arson Investigators, and a past member of the Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), and the Michigan Water Pollution Control Association.
Shawn Saunders, PE
Licensed Engineer in New York, Pennsylvania
Mr. Saunders began performing vehicle crash reconstruction
investigations in 1983 and since that time has performed
investigations for autos, pick-up trucks, large commercial vehicles,
buses, motorcycles, snowmobiles, and bicycles. He has also
investigated incidents involving highway and traffic design, vehicle
fires, and seat belt usage and failure. He has provided expert
witness testimony for depositions, arbitrations, and trials.
Shawn is a Licensed Professional Engineer, a New York State Certified Code Enforcement Official, and a member of the International Conference of Building Officials.
Licensed Engineer in Ohio
Mr. Smith has more than 30 years experience as a Mechanical
Engineer, including more than 20 years working with thermal, energy
and combustion systems, including boilers, furnaces, and ovens.
His experience includes industrial power plants and processes;
thermal and combustion systems; CFC management; HVAC systems; air
pollution control; process and power piping and equipment; cathodic
protection; pump failure analysis; heat and fluid transfer
processes, including energy conservation.
Rick is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Fire Protection Association. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, as well as a Stationary Engineer, 3rd Class in Ohio. Some of his clients include Anheuser Busch, the State of Ohio, Honda America Mfg., and Nestle.
Mr. Spadaro has more
than 25 years experience in mines and mine equipment; geotechnical
engineering; drilling operations; blasting; day-to-day mine operations; noise
and dust control; surface haulage safety; electrical hazards;
inspection methods; roof control; training for metal, nonmetal and
coal mine inspectors; unsafe dump and fill sites; vehicle
maintenance; mine and safety hazard abatement; landslide
stabilization; subsidence control; mine fires; coal refuse fires,
underground mine subsidences; valley fill construction, coal waste
disposal; mining reclamation; coal waste embankments; excess mine
spoil fills; dam construction; surface mine drainage systems; slope
stabilization; mine sediment control structures; hydrology
pertaining to earth and coal-related structures; underground coal
mine design and surveying; roof control and ventilation plans; and underground and surface mining inspections.
|Theodore M. Streit, PE
Registered Petroleum Engineer; Natural Resources Expert
Licensed Engineer in West Virginia
Mr. Streit has more than 30 years experience in
natural resources, including gas, oil and coal;
installation, operation, and maintenance of gas and oil pumping,
piping, and delivery systems; drilling and production technology;
lease and contract negotiations; oil and gas mineral property
valuations; energy development programs; oil and gas regulatory
policy and implementation; disputes between natural resource (gas,
oil and coal) operators and owners.
Ted is a Registered Petroleum Engineer in West Virginia. He is the Chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee of the West Virginia Land and Mineral Owners Council; the Past Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission Energy Resources Committee, the Coalbed Methane Review Board and the Shallow Gas Review Board; and a past member of the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.
Lynn Stringer, BSME
Vehicle Engineering Expert
Mr. Stringer has more
than 25 years experience in vehicle engineering, including motor
vehicle design, manufacturing, testing, and servicing including:
passenger cars, trucks, buses, trailers, and private/commercial
vehicle carriers; engines; fuel systems; electrical systems;
lubrication systems; cooling systems; exhaust systems; drive trains;
brakes; suspension; steering; wheels/tires; rear drive axles; A/C
systems; vehicle crash safety structures; and laboratory testing
Lynn has more than 280 hours of technical and management courses and seminars including the Dale Carnegie Institute, QS-9000 Internal Auditor, and Process Improvement Leadership Skills. He is a Licensed Residential Builder and the National Director of the Early Ford V-8 Club of America.
R. Tillotson, CIH, CHMM
Mr. Tillotson has nearly 30 years
experience in Environmental/ Occupational Health, including
occupational safety; industrial hygiene;
radiation safety and health; hazardous waste management; hazardous
waste sites; emergency response; pesticides/ pesticides management;
asbestos; lead; noise and hazardous materials/ waste management.
Mike is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association; the American Academy of Industrial Hygiene; the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists; the Hazardous Materials Managers Institute; the Michigan Industrial Hygiene Society; the Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals; the National Lead Abatement Council. He is a Registered Sanitarian (Michigan); a Certified Industrial Hygienist; a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager; an EPA AHERA accredited Inspector/Management Planner, Contractor/Supervisor, and Project Designer; and a Certified Lead Paint/Hazards Inspector/Risk Assessor and Abatement Supervisor.
|Bruce E. Van Dorpe,
Fire and Explosion Investigator
VanDorpe has more than 25 years as a fire fighter. His experience
includes determining the origin and cause of fires; fraud fires; arson and
conspiracies to commit arson; fire science technology; safety engineering;
electric and gas appliance fires; auto theft fires; bomb scene
investigations; clandestine drug labs; criminal/terrorist incidents;
interviews and interrogations;
and bomb disposal.
Bruce is a Certified Fire Investigator; Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator; an Auxiliary Coroner's Investigator; a Fire Safety Inspector; and holds a Peace Officer Certification. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association; the Columbus Claims Association; the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators; the Dayton Claims Adjusters Association, the National Association of Fire Investigators; the International Association of Arson Investigators; the International Association of Arson Investigators, Ohio Chapter; and the Miami Valley Fire Investigators Association.
He has received the Fire Safety Commendation Award from the Sons of the American Revolution; and the Fire Chief's Commendation, and Unit Citation for Outstanding Service from the Dayton Fire Department.
|James S. Wickersham, PE
Licensed Engineer in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Utah
Mr. Wickersham has more than 20 years experience in construction,
maintenance, and mechanical engineering. His experience includes
activities/ facilities/ equipment, including amusement parks,
playgrounds, and winter sports; fire/ explosion investigations; gas
turbine and combined cycle power plants; ski resort maintenance and
operations, including security, grooming, training and supervision of
all personnel; boiling water reactors; nuclear energy plants,
including maintenance, supervision, and mechanical tooling.
Jim is a Licensed Professional Engineer, Certified Level I Amusement Ride Inspector, and Certified Playground Safety Inspector. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the American Society for Testing and Materials, F24 and F27 Committees; National Society of Professional Engineers; Professional Ski Instructors of America; and National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials.
|Michael T. Williams, PE
Civil and Environmental Engineer
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Indiana, New Mexico
Mr. Williams has more than 30 years of Civil/Environmental
Engineering experience, including water distribution, sanitary and
storm water sewer systems, pump stations, and wastewater treatment
plants; administration, inspection and testing for construction of
storm sewers, wastewater collection and treatment facilities,
activated sludge systems, aerated lagoons, oxidation ditches,
sequencing batch reactors, and secondary/tertiary treatment systems;
inspector/technician training; site surveying and safety plans;
project certifications; failures and malfunctions including
foundations, retaining walls, roofs, structural failures,
appliances, furnaces, swimming pools, spas, saunas, plumbing
systems, hydraulic systems, fire suppression systems, environmental
releases, and environmental remediation systems; hydrogeological
investigations, aquifer tests, design and permitting.
Mike is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Water Environment Federation, and the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.
|Robert A. Yano, PE;
Licensed Engineer in Michigan, Ohio, California, Indiana
Mr. Yano has
30 years experience
involving the design, installation, testing, and operation of combustion
systems and components including: water heaters; steam boilers; propane and
natural gas-fired appliances; combustors; combustion safety systems,
including flame detectors; home, recreational, and industrial propane
systems; exhaust venting systems; CO exposure; and combustion turbines.
His experience also includes fuel delivery systems (oil, gasoline,
propane, and natural gas) and the controls and safety requirements for these
Bob has extensive working knowledge of pertinent safety codes and standards including: NFPA, API, UMC, EPA, UL, CSA, ANSI, ASME, IGA, AGA, NPGA, BOCA, and CFR.
Bob has also completed a "Propane Emergencies Course" offered by NPGA (National Propane Gas Association) and attended a Fuel Pipeline Safety Seminar hosted by major fuel gas suppliers and distributors.
Bob is a member of The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers; The Society of Automotive Engineers; The National Safety Council; The National Fire Protection Association; and The American Society of Mechanical Engineers.