We offer highly trained and experienced IAAI certified investigators as well as full time office staff with 24 hour availability.
FEC investigators provide their services with strict adherence to industry standards and NFPA 1033 and 921.
Our People, Our Family
Our investigators are located throughout our service territory. FEC has investigators in Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Central Ohio, Central Indiana, Central Kentucky and on the West and East sides of West Virginia. With our geographic diversity, we are equipped to provide greater coverage to our clients all while reducing mileage and travel expenses.
Members / Investigators
Fire Investigator, Jim Hunter, began his career with the Loveland Community Fire Department in 1968 as a Fire Cadet. Over the years, Jim worked his way up and became Fire Chief in 1980. He held the position for 23 years, until he retired from the department in 2003. Throughout his career, Jim has attended more than 100 fire investigation courses, including those from federal agencies, across the United States. He has studied firefighting, fraud fire investigations, origin and cause investigations, evidence collection and preservation, post blast investigations, vehicle fire investigations, and courtroom testimony. Currently, he continues to conduct fire and explosion investigations of the Loveland- Symmes Fire Department and the Highland County North Joint Fire District, in addition to his work at FEC.
Jim’s additional certifications include:
- Fire and Explosion Investigator (National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI))
- Vehicle Fire Investigator (NAFI)
- Fire investigator (International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI))
- Ohio Firefighter and Fire Safety Inspector
Jim’s certifications are supplemented by his professional memberships in the field of fire and explosion investigation. He is currently an active member on the Ohio Chapter of International Arson Association’s Board of Directors (IAAI), as well as, an active member of the West Virginia IAAI Chapter.
In the courtroom, Jim has testified as an expert witness on origin and cause investigations in Common Pleas Court, Municipal Court, Grand Jury, Preliminary Hearings, Juvenile Court, and Depositions in Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia. These proceedings involve both criminal and civil trials.
Jim Hunter’s experience and training in fire, arson, and explosion investigations far exceed the minimum standards set forth by the National Fire Protection Association standards (NFPA1033).
Since beginning his career as a volunteer fire cadet in 1976, Scott Bennett has obtained over 34 years of experience in the fields of fire service, law enforcement, and fire/explosion investigations. Scott graduated from the National Fire Academy, as well as, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Additionally, he has traveled around the United States to attend fire investigation courses in these areas: field of origin and cause investigation, evidence collection and preservation, explosive devices, post blast investigations, and courtroom testimony. Scott retired from the Dayton Fire Department where he was assigned to the Regional Fire Investigation Unit as a Senior Fire Investigator. As a Senior Fire Investigator, Scott was also a sworn deputy sheriff.
Scott’s additional certifications include:
- Scott’s additional certifications include:
- Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI))
- Certified Fire Investigator Instructor (NAFI)
- Certified Fire Investigator (International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI))
- Ohio Fire and Safety Inspector, State of Ohio
- Ohio Basic and Advanced Firefighter
- Sworn Peace Officer, Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff (Retired)
Throughout his professional career, Scott has maintained several professional memberships in the field of fire and explosion investigations. Currently, he is an active member of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII- OH). From 2009-2010 he was also President of the Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI, Ohio Chapter). This chapter had previously voted Scott “Fire Investigator of the Year” in 2001. In spring of 2012, Scott was elected to the Board of Directors for the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI). Scott is also a member of the international bomb tech investigators association.
In the courtroom, Scott has testified as an expert in Federal Court, Common Pleas Court, and Municipal Court in multiple states. His testimonial experience includes depositions, grand jury appearances, preliminary hearings, and juvenile court proceedings, during both criminal and civil trials.
Scott’s experience and training in fire, arson, and explosion investigations far exceed the standards set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1033). He has conducted and participated in over 255 controlled burns of motor vehicles, dwellings, laboratory (controlled) fires as well as commercial properties. He has been involved in and/ or investigated over 545 fatal fires in; residential, commercial, and dormitory areas. During his career, Scott has investigated and/or assisted in over 5600 fires.
David Bigelow started with the Flint City Police Department in January 1991 as a Certified Police Officer. He worked patrol for three years then he transferred to the Traffic Bureau. While working the Traffic Bureau, he became a Sergeant and investigated traffic accidents. After working a total of 11 years in the Traffic Bureau he was transferred to the Detective Bureau. In the Detective Bureau, he worked two years in the robbery and homicide division before transferring to the Fire Investigation Unit. David spent eight years in the Flint PD Fire Investigation Unit and investigated over 1,200 fires, including commercial, residential and vehicle fires. David is an IAAI-CFI (International Association of Arson Investigators Certified Fire Investigator).
He is court qualified and testified as a fire investigation expert in numerous court cases. David was awarded Fire Investigator of the Year by the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) twice. He was also awarded Fire Investigator of the Year by the Michigan Arson Prevention Committee (MAPC) twice.
During his career in fire investigation, David continued to further his training and skills with multiple training courses and became a Certified Fire Investigator through IAAI. Some of these courses included: Investigation of Gas and Electric Appliances, Residential Electricity, Motor Vehicle Theft and Fire Investigation, Modular Homes & Appliance Failure and a multitude of other training courses.
David has been a member of the IAAI and the MAPC for several years. He is currently serving on the board for both IAAI and the MAPC. He keeps his Law Enforcement Certification active and in good standing.
Jim Cunningham joined FEC as a Special Investigator/Fire Investigator in 2017. With his extensive background in law enforcement, investigations, interviewing, and as a member of the Middletown Arson Task Force, Jim provides FEC with specialized investigative abilities to complement FEC’s fire investigation services.
Jim earned a Bachelors of Science degree from Union Institute and University, majoring in Police Management. Additionally, he has earned certificates from Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course from the University of Louisville and The Police Executive Leadership College, sponsored by the Ohio Chiefs of Police Association/Law Enforcement Foundation. He has over twenty-eight years in local law enforcement, rising through the ranks and retiring as Administrative Lieutenant.
His scope of work as Criminal Investigation Division Commander and Administrative Lieutenant included co-development of an arson task force, supervision on major cases, including homicides, as well as community collaboration on various projects. He has extensive courtroom testimony experience at the local, county, and state level and has served as a firearms instructor for over twenty years.
Jim obtained his NAFI-CFEI (Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator) certification in 2019 and his IAAI-CFI (Certified Fire Investigator) certification in 2020.
Bud began his fire service career with the Loudoun County Department of Fire and Rescue. He attended Eastern Kentucky University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology, graduating Cum Laude and with Golden Key National Honors Society recognition. After five years of service to the Loudoun County Department of Fire and Rescue, Bud moved to the county Fire Marshal’s Office. Bud furthered his education and experience in fire service earning his Masters of Science degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University.
Along with his role as Fire Investigator with FEC and Assistant Fire Marshal duties, Bud is also a certified Bomb Technician, an Accelerant Detection Canine Handler, and instructor in fire investigation, explosives, and accelerant canine training for local, state, and federal law enforcement.
Bud’s certifications include:
- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Accelerant Detection Canine Handler – 2014
- International Association of Arson Investigators, Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI), 2007
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) & United States Army (US Army), Bomb Technician, 2005
- National Fire Academy, Fire/Arson Investigation, 2004
- Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP), National Fire Protection Association Fire Inspector 1031, 2002
- Virginia Fire Marshal Academy/Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, Law Enforcement for Fire Marshal’s, 2001
- National Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, (NAFI-CFEI), 2001
- Virginia Department of Fire Programs, National Fire Protection Association Investigator 1033, 1999
Bud is an active member of the International Association of Arson Investigators, the National Association of Fire Investigators, International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, Virginia Fire Prevention Association, and the International Association of Fire Fighters. Additionally, Bud has delivered several presentations and courses in fire science.
In the courtroom, Bud has testified in Virginia county circuit courts, Virginia county district courts, Juvenile courts, and been deposed on several occasions. Throughout his career, he has completed over four hundred and fifty investigations into the causes of fire and explosions involving various types of structures and equipment.
Dan Huff brings over 16 years of fire and explosion investigation experience to FEC. Dan will lead FEC’s investigation services in the state of Indiana. Dan is a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) through the International Association of Fire Investigators and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) through National Association of Fire Investigators.
Dan Huff graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. While finishing his college degree he was employed as superintendent with a commercial and multi-family general contractor in Indianapolis, Indiana. He began his career in fire investigation in 2000.
Dan is a court qualified fire origin and cause expert having testified in local, state, and federal courts. He is an active member of the IAAI, NAFI, and National Fire Protection Association. He is currently a board member of the Indiana Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) where he is the liaison with Indiana Fire Chief’s Association.
Over his career, he has investigated and/ or assisted with over 1,800 fire investigations in; residential, commercial, motor vehicle, and heavy equipment fire losses. Dan Huff’s experience and training in fire, arson, and explosion investigation exceed the standards set forth by the National Fire Protection Association standards (NFPA 1033).
Brian Krimmer joined FEC as a Fire Investigator in 2019.
Brian is an IAAI-CFI, IAAI-ECT, and NAFI-CFEI. Brian started his fire service career in 1986 as a Firefighter/EMT with Riverside Fire Department. He was assigned to the Arson Unit in 1988. In 1995, Brian began his service with the United State Navy Reserves as an E-4 Navy Combat Corpsman. He was discharged in 2001. In 2000, Brian joined the Montgomery County Sherriff’s Office serving as a Deputy Sherriff/Forensic Services. He retired from the Sherriff’s Office in 2019. In 2017, Brian joined the Jefferson Township Fire Department as a part-time Firefighter and Fire Investigator.
FEC Fire Investigator Marc Lowery began his fire service career in 1990 as a volunteer for the Harmon Volunteer Fire Department (Harmon, Arkansas), where he still serves as Assistant Fire Chief. In 1995 he began a career with the Harrison Fire Department (AR) serving as a firefighter, promoted to Fire Marshal, and ending as Fire Chief.
During his time as Fire Marshal, Marc was the first Harrison Fire Marshal to obtain Law Enforcement powers by obtaining his “Specialized” police certification through the Arkansas Commission of Law Enforcement Standards. He served as President of the Arkansas Fire Marshal’s Association and was appointed to the Arkansas Fire Prevention Commission. As Fire Chief with the Harrison Fire Department, Marc created a fire investigation team to support the origin and cause investigations of his community.
In 2014, Marc retired from the Harrison Fire Department to focus solely on fire investigations. Marc holds the following certifications: Certified Fire Investigation, (IAAI-CFI), Certified Fire Investigation Technician, (IAAI-FIT), Certified Instructor, (IAAI-CI) with the International Association of Arson Investigators and Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI-CFEI) with the National Association of Fire Investigators.
Marc currently works part-time with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy/Fire Investigator. He is also an adjunct instructor with the Arkansas Fire Training Academy, a past president of the Arkansas Chapter of the IAAI, and was selected as the chair of the Arkansas Fire Prevention Commission.
Bob started his career as a firefighter in 1968 with the Defiance Fire Department and was subsequently promoted as Chief of the Department in March of 1981; retired in 1999.
In 1979 Bob became State of Ohio certified fire safety inspector to inspect public buildings, code interpretation and enforcement, and fire prevention and control.
Bob is a 1994 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer four-year program. In 1997, I was honored with the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award by the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association.
Bob’s additional certifications include:
Certified Haz-Mat Technician
Eisenaugle Award recipient
Empirically, Bob has investigated approximately 1735 fires and explosions assignments both public and private. Bob has testified on numerous occasions in depositions and court of law relating to origin and cause investigations. Bob has authored articles in national magazines and journals regarding fire suppression tactics and origin and cause investigations. He also invented the “water winch” used in rural water supplies for fire suppression.
Dan Rottmueller began his career in 1979. Over the last 35 year, he has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience, starting with the Cincinnati Fire Explorer’s, then as a Cadet and Volunteer Firefighter with Mack Fire Department in Green Township Ohio, and over 30 years on the Cincinnati Fire Department. The past 16 years, Dan was Commander of the Fire Investigation Unit for the City of Cincinnati. As Commander, he was responsible for investigating fires and supervising members assigned to the unit. Dan is a graduate of the National Fire Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and FBI Academy in the fields of fire investigation.
Additionally, Dan has completed multiple training sessions: post-blast investigation, field of origin and cause, evidence collection and preservation, courtroom testimony, pyrotechnics, fire modeling, hazardous materials, fire protection structures & systems, and vehicle fire investigation.
Dan’s certifications include:
- Fire Investigator (International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI))
- Fire and Explosion Investigator (National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI))
- Ohio Fire and Safety Inspector
- Ohio Firefighter II
- Ohio Peace Officer
- Ohio Fire Instructor
- Ohio Emergency Medical Technician
- Hazardous Materials Technician
Throughout his career, Dan has maintained professional memberships with the Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, the International Association of Arson Investigators and National Association of Fire and Explosion Investigators.
In the courtroom, Dan has testified as an expert witness in Common Pleas Court, Municipal Court, Grand Jury, Preliminary Hearings, Juvenile Court and Depositions in Ohio. These proceedings involve both criminal and civil trials.
Dan’s experience and training in fire, arson and explosion investigations far exceed standards as set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1033). He has conducted and participated in controlled burns of motor vehicles and dwellings. He has been involved in and/or investigated 79 fatal residential, commercial, dormitory and vehicle fires. To date, Dan has personally conducted and/or supervised more than 5,000 fire and explosion investigations
Jordan began his career in fire investigation in 2012. Jordan started as an evidence technician for Forensic Services Group, Inc. and was promoted to Fire Investigator. Jordan joins FEC as an IAAI-CFI (Certified Fire Investigator), a NAFI-CVFI (Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator) and a NAFI-CFEI (Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator.)
Jordan works in the state of Indiana investigating motor vehicle, residential and commercial losses. He is a qualified expert witness for the Indiana court system. Investigation activities include not only the scene examination with respect to the origin, cause and circumstances of fire and explosions, but additionally into areas of code and safety violations. This activity is also in the field of product liability, when applied. He has conducted over three hundred fire investigations.
He is a proud member of the International Association of Arson Investigators, the National Association of Fire Investigators, and the National Fire Protection Association. He attended Clemson University and Indiana University-Purdue University of Indianapolis. He has over three hundred and fifty tested training hours in areas relating to fire investigation. His training exceeds the standards set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1033).
Mr. Schockman possesses over thirty years’ experience in the fire service, ascending through the ranks as a firefighter, paramedic, command officer, fire code enforcement officer, and origin and cause fire investigator. Mark served a total of 17 years in command level positions including Captain, Assistant Chief, and Fire Chief. Mark obtained an Associates Degree in Fire Science Technology, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Sinclair College – Fire Science department.
Mark is an International Association of Arson Investigators Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI), National Association of Fire Investigator’s Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI-CFEI) and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (NAFI-CVFI). Mark possesses specific expertise in natural gas and liquid propane fire and explosion incidents, as well as structural fire analysis.
Mark is a state certified fire and building code official. His expertise includes residential and commercial building and construction systems, as well as fire detection, protection, and suppression systems.
Mr. Schockman is a court-qualified expert in fire and explosion analysis and investigation in Ohio, Kentucky, and throughout the United States. He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. for over 27 years representing major petroleum corporations as their preferred origin and cause expert.
Mark has successfully investigated and testified on numerous arson investigations, including cases involving murder, and attempted murder.
Since beginning his career in public service in 1984, Investigator Tim Schreadley has obtained over 31 years of experience in the fire service, law enforcement, and fire and explosion investigations. Over these years, he has worked as a Firefighter, Paramedic, Fire Lieutenant, Deputy Sheriff, Fire and Explosion Investigator, and Canine Handler. Tim is a graduate of the National Fire Academy and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms ADC Canine Program. For the last seven years, he was a sworn officer with the State of Ohio Fire Marshal’s Office – Fire and Explosion Investigations Bureau responsible for maintaining cases from assignment through prosecution.
During his career, Tim has shown his desire to maintain current on education and training having attended numerous training sessions in the fields of: origin and cause, evidence collection, post-blast investigations, law enforcement, pyrotechnics, investigative techniques, hazardous materials, ?ire protection systems, and evidence collection and preservation.
Tim continues to maintain professional memberships in good standing with the International Association of Arson Investigators, the Ohio Chapter of the IAAI, the National Association of Fire Investigators, and the National Sheriff’s Association. He is currently serving as a board member with the Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators.
To date, Tim has been involved with over 750 fire and explosion investigations which include residential, commercial, industrial structures and motor vehicles losses. As result of these investigations, he has provided expert witness testimony in both local and county courts in several counties within Ohio.
- IAAI-CFI, Certified Fire Investigator, International Association of Arson Investigators.
- NAFI-CFEI, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, National Association of Fire Investigators.
- NAFI-CVFI, Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, National Association of Fire Investigators.
- Accelerant Detection Canine Handler, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
- Fire Safety Inspector, State of Ohio.
- Firefighter Level III, State of Ohio.
- Peace Officer, State of Ohio
Brian Simpson is an International Association of Arson Investigators Certified Fire Investigator, Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshall Certified Fire Investigator, Certified Fire Officer II, and an Illinois Department of Public Health licensed Paramedic. He is a certified private investigator in Illinois and Wisconsin.
Brian began his fire service career with the Pingree Grove Fire Protection District in Illinois in 2001. Currently Brian is a Lieutenant and Director of Fire Investigations with the Carpentersville Fire Department in Illinois. He supervises a crew of firefighters and paramedics and regularly responds to fire and hazardous materials incidents, investigates fires, and conducts life safety inspections within the municipality.
He has an extensive professional background in the areas of firefighting and fire investigations. His professional experience includes fire and explosion investigations, fire protection and detection system inspections, as well as hazardous materials mitigations.
Brian’s additional education and certifications include:
- Fire Science, A.A.S.: McHenry County College
• Certified Fire Investigator (including vehicle fire endorsement): International Association of Arson Investigators
• Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator: National Association of Fire Investigators
• Certified Fire Investigator: Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal
• Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation: John E. Reid and Associates
• Certified Fire Officer II: Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal
• Advanced Technician Firefighter: Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal
• Hazardous Materials Operations Level: Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal
• Witness Interview and Courtroom Testimony: U.S. National Fire Academy
• EMT-Paramedic: Illinois Department of Public Health
• Rope Rescue Operations: Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal
• Confined Space Operations: Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal
• Fire Apparatus Engineer: Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal
• Trench Operations: Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal
• Vehicle and Machinery Operations: Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal
• Emergency Response to Terrorism: U.S. National Fire Academy
FEC Fire Investigator Jeff Spaulding has been in the fire service industry for the past twenty years, functioning in a variety of both fire and emergency medical service (EMS) positions. Currently, he is the Hazardous Materials Response Team Captain for the Middletown Fire Department. As captain, Jeff is responsible for the day-to-day operations of two fire stations and responding to both emergent and non-emergent calls for service. At times, he functions as the shift commander responsible for the management of five fire stations and is the incident commander for all major occurrences.
Formerly, Jeff was the Firefighting Academy Coordinator for Butler Technology and Career Development Schools. During this experience, he supervised numerous fire service instructors and was responsible for developing and instructing a variety of courses in the areas of fire suppression and tactics, fire and life safety, fire prevention, fire origin and cause and fire scene reconstruction. He is still a principle instructor for Butler Technology Career Development Schools in Hamilton, OH, as well as an adjunct instructor for Cincinnati State Community College in Cincinnati, OH.
Jeff’s additional certifications include:
- Fire Investigator (International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI))
- Fire and Explosions Investigator (National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI))
- Hazardous Materials Technician
- Ohio Fire Safety Inspector
- Ohio Fire Safety Inspector
Jeff has also had the opportunity to maintain multiple professional memberships and write for a number of textbooks. He is an active member of the National Association of Fire and Explosion Investigators, The International Association of Arson Investigators, the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators and the International Association of Fire Fighters. He has provided peer reviews for several fire service textbooks including Dr. John DeHaan’s “Kirk’s Fire Investigation” 6th Ed. and authored several chapters of text in the new National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) text book “Fire Investigator: Principles and Practices” 3rd Edition.
To date, Jeff has personally conducted or supervised more than 1000 fire and explosion investigations including structural and vehicular fire and explosion losses, electrical failures and product failure analyses.
Richard “Rick” Summerfield is a retired ATF Senior Special Agent/Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) and Explosives Specialist/Bomb Technician, and is a former member of the ATF National Response Team. A graduate of West Virginia State University and ATF’s two-year CFI training program, he has also studied fire engineering at the University of Maryland and Seneca College, and is trained and experienced in the use of mathematical fire simulations.
One of his significant investigations, involving a homicide and arson, in Morgantown, West Virginia, has been featured in episodes of the television shows “Snapped” and “48 Hours”, and is the subject of the book “Playing With Fire”, by John Glatt.
His teaching experience includes assignment as a staff instructor at the ATF National Academy; the two-week Fire Investigation course at the National Fire Academy; and, at the request of the State Department, presentations as a guest lecturer at the International Law Enforcement Academies in Bangkok, Thailand, and Budapest, Hungary. He has also presented bombing/explosion investigation training to national police forces in Baghdad, Iraq, and Bogota, Columbia.
Chris Van Vleet
Chris Van Vleet is a retired ATF Supervisory Senior Special Agent/Certified Fire Investigator (CFI). Chris was also a Certified Explosives Specialist (CES) and a Full-time member of ATF’s elite National and International Response Teams. He served in all roles of the teams, including lead CFI, Safety Officer, Interview Coordinator, Heavy Equipment Coordinator, Photographer, Evidence Technician, and Team Leader. Chris specialized as a Forensic Mapper, providing detailed measurements and computer diagrams of each scene.
Chris has taught fire investigation related topics on numerous occasions and in various locations nationally and internationally. He has taught at the ATF Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA., the National Fire Academy (NFA) in Emmitsburg, MD as well as the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) in Budapest, Hungry.
He retired from ATF as the Intelligence Group Supervisor for the Kansas City Field Division and spent the last four years managing an Origin and Cause firm.
Chris is currently in his second term on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI).
FEC Fire Investigator William “Bill” Washington began his career in the fire service at the City of Eaton (Ohio) as a Volunteer in 1994. He studies Fire Science at Sinclair Community College. Bill’s fire investigation career began in 2009 while working as a Firefighter/Investigator with the Eaton Fire Department. In 2010, Bill moved to Tennessee to further his career as a firefighter for the Brentwood Fire and Rescue Department. Bill serves a Shift Fire Investigator and assists the Fire Marshal in all other fire investigations.
Bill’s certifications include:
- IAAI-CFI, Certified Fire Investigator, International Association of Arson Investigators;
- NAFI-CFEI, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, National Association of Fire Investigators;
- NAFI-CVFI, Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, National Association of Fire Investigators;
- NFPA-CFI I, Certified Fire Inspector I, National Fire Protection Association;
- Tennessee State Fire Inspector;
- Firefighter II, Ohio and Tennessee.
Bill is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), Tennessee Chapter of the IAAI, National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Evidence Collection Technicians:
Seth Ricker brings mechanical engineering and commercial farming operations experience to FEC. Seth began as an Intern with FEC in 2015, performing a dual role as an evidence collection technician and engineering assistant. In May of 2018, Seth graduated from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He joined FEC in full capacity shortly after his graduation as a Mechanical Engineer.
Seth’s education at ONU included detailed knowledge in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, material science, mechanical design, manufacturing technology, electric circuits, and nondestructive testing methods. During his time at ONU, Seth was a member of the Men’s Soccer program.
Growing up in northwest Ohio, Seth spent years in his family’s show pig farming operation providing him with the experience of working long days, attention to details, and working in outdoor environments.
Seth is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators, the Ohio Chapter of the IAAI and National Association of Fire Investigators. He is currently pursuing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, the first step on his way to becoming a professional licensed engineer (PE).
Scott Russ, PE
Mr. Russ joined FEC as a Sr. Forensic Electrical Engineer in 2019.
Scott received his electrical engineering degree from Ohio State University in 1988 and a masters of business administration from Franklin University in 2008. Scott has over 30 years of experience in the electrical industry, including four years of power generation at American Electric Power, more than fourteen years of power and electronic design and troubleshooting with Columbus Gas, four years of low and medium voltage power distribution design and arc flash studies with River Consulting, and nearly eight years of private fire investigation and forensic electrical engineering experience. Scott has professional engineering licenses in twelve states and is an active member of IAAI and NFPA. Scott also has his Part 107 small unmanned aircraft license.
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