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John Gow

Technical Director, Marine + Senior Investigator

Areas of Expertise

Safety Evaluation + Consulting
Fire + Explosion Investigation
Vehicle Fires
Origin + Cause
Marine Fire Investigation
Failure Analysis


John is a highly experienced Fire Investigator who has provided expert testimony in fatal accident inquiry, criminal and civil court. His work has seen him accepted as an expert in the US. He is also an experienced Marine Fire and Explosion Investigator. A skilled author of reports he has undertaken marine investigations on behalf of, underwriters, charterers and cargo interests. His experience includes cruise ships, container ships, Ro-Pax, tankers, and bulk carriers. As a former Fire Officer, he also taught STCW certified courses in Marine Firefighting and Command and Control to ship’s crew and officers, utilizing a live fire environment. John was fully involved in the development of Strathclyde’s full time Fire Investigation Unit and its Modus Operandi, the first full time unit in Scotland. He has represented both Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service and CFOA(S) at national forums on the development of fire investigation and crime scene standards.

Education / Certifications
  • Registered Forensic Practitioner - Fire Scene Examination, Council for Registration of Forensic Practitioners
  • Specialty Assessor - Fire Scene Examination, Council for Registration of Forensic Practitioners
  • Fire Protection Assoc. Level 5 Course, Fire and Explosion Investigation
  • Legal Experience Training Adv. Award in Expt. Wit. Evidence, Pearson Learning, Level 7 (Masters)
  • Member, International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Director, UK Association of Fire Investigators
  • Member, UK Association of Fire Investigators
  • Member, Global Marine Investigators