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Terry Brown


Senior Fire Investigator

Areas of Expertise

Product Liability
Fire + Explosion Investigation
Fluid Analysis: Oils, Gasoline, Accelerants
Vehicle Fires
Appliance Fire + Failure Investigation
Fuel + Gas System Investigations
Premises Liability / Personal Injury


Terry Brown is a State and Nationally Certified Fire Investigator specializing in determining the origin and cause of fires and explosions. He has more than 16 years of experience as an investigator, specializing in all aspects of residential, commercial, wildland and vehicle fires. He conducts fire investigations involving commercial and residential structures, vehicles, vessels and equipment. Mr. Brown served as a fire service professional, firefighter/EMT, National Fire Academy instructor, hazardous-materials specialist, and is a Certified Wildland Fire Investigator. He has extensive experience in hands-on fire scene investigation, fire scene reconstruction, fire pattern analysis, evidence recognition and recovery, report preparation, sketching, photography and fire modeling. He has extensive experience in firefighting and tactical fire ground operations and a thorough understanding of fire behavior and the effects of suppression efforts. Mr. Brown is familiar with fire codes, code enforcement, code interpretations and has advanced training in fire behavior, burn pattern analysis, identification of accelerants and firebomb devices most commonly used in incendiary fires. He has conducted progressive fire investigations which included search and seizure law and insurance fraud. He has a broad technical overview of fire prevention codes, ordinances and inspection practices and expertise with key hazards such as flammable and combustible liquids, gases, explosives, fireworks and extinguishing systems. Mr. Brown has conducted several live fire burn tests and small scale testing of various combustibles and appliances; and has experience in the computer aided fire modeling. Mr. Brown provides litigation support and expert testimony to law firms, insurance companies and government entities.

Education / Certifications
  • BS, Fire Administration, Eastern Oregon University
  • Fire Service Instructor I & II, IFSAC
  • AA, Fire Command & Administration, Fire Investigation, Bellevue Community College
  • Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, NAFI
  • Certified Fire Investigator Instructor, NAFI
  • Licensed Unarmed PI: OR, WA
  • Hazardous Material Operations, IFSAC
  • Wildland Fire Investigator INVF-T
  • Fire Investigator, IFSAC
  • Fire Officer I & II, IFSAC

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