Forensic Fire Scene Examination and Emergency Management #ID12514

ID12514 has worked in a variety of fire safety, investigation and research roles over his long and significant career. He began working as a Fire Fighter for Fire and Rescue NSW over forty five years ago, eventually excelling to become a Station Officer and then an Inspector. He spent fifteen years working in the Fire Investigation and Research Unit, becoming a Superintendent and then later as the Manager of Training Coordination and Resources in the Training Directorate.

He has attended over 1,000 fires as an investigator which included over 60 fatal fires of varying natures. These include fires in houses, factory/warehouse complexes, shopping malls, mobile property and offices, throughout NSW as well as overseas.

During his time as an investigator, ID12514 was sought after in other states and overseas for his skills, assessing fire damage in New Zealand and delivering training to the Australian Federal Police as well as the police forces in Thailand, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands.

In his capacity as an investigator, he also organised and developed numerous controlled burns, under experimental conditions on houses with furniture.

ID12514 currently works as a developer, teacher and tutor of fire investigation courses at an Australian vocational education provider, as a Research Partner for the Australian Research Council, and as the head of a fire safety and investigation company.

He also has extensive experience in emergency management and understanding the principles involved in employing outcomes that achieve success in often difficult environments.

Career Highlights

  • ID12514 was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) for his work into the investigation of a high profile fire in NSW. He led the investigation, testing and building regime for the subsequent analysis that was used to aid NSW Police in gaining a conviction and then changing relevant legislation.

  • He has authored publications based on the testing that he planned, developed and implemented from test burns and reconstruction work.

  • ID12514 has sat on a national technical group that developed a national competency for fire investigation that is recognised as a requirement for a technical expert in fire investigation.

  • He developed and implemented the first digital database for fire investigation which has been tested on its evidentiary competency in the Supreme Court.

Education Highlights

Education highlights include:

  • Graduate Diploma in Fire Investigation

Employment Highlights

  • Firefighter – Fire and Rescue NSW
  • Investigator – Fire and Rescue NSW, Fire Investigation and Research Unit
  • Superintendent – Fire and Rescue NSW
  • Manager of Training Coordination & Resources – Fire and Rescue NSW
  • Course developer, teacher and tutor – Vocational education provider
  • Partner Investigator – Australian Research Council
  • Principal – Independent fire training and investigation company

ID12514 has provided expert opinion for legal and insurance matters for many years in the Coroners and Supreme Courts of NSW.

Membership Highlights

Membership highlights include:

  • Member of a technical committee to develop a national fire investigation diploma

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