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C Tripp Wagner III

BME, CFI

Director, Fire Forensics East

Areas of Expertise

Fire + Life Safety Systems Design
Product Liability
Water Intrusion
Safety Evaluation + Consulting
Commercial + Residential Appliances
Electrical Systems
Fire + Explosion Investigation
HVAC, Plumbing + Piping
Manufacturing Consulting
Premises Liability Investigations
Fuel + Gas System Investigations
Premises Liability / Personal Injury
Building Damage Assessment, Construction Defect + Remediation Design

C Tripp Wagner III is a Senior Mechanical Engineer with 15 years' experience in fire and explosion forensic investigations involving structures, vehicles, marine vessels, electrical systems, appliances, gas systems, fire protection systems, explosive and incendiary devices. He has been involved in the origin and cause and forensic analysis of more than 1,000 fires and explosions. Mr. Wagner has testified over 70 times regarding the origin/causation and forensic examinations relating to the origin and cause of fires and explosions. He is an alternate member on the Technical Committee on Fire Investigations, NFPA 921. He also has experience with forensic investigations involving non-fire losses from vehicles, plumbing systems, gas systems, HVAC systems, and appliances.


In addition to scene investigations, Mr. Wagner performs testing and analysis to determine the root cause of fires and explosions as well as non-fire losses. Mr. Wagner also has experience in building, fire and life safety code interpretation of various types of occupancies and buildings. He has extensive experience in code interpretation and analysis in business, educational, correctional, healthcare, commercial, industrial and mixed use sectors. He has conducted reviews of codes and fire protection systems in pre and post fire conditions.

Education / Certifications
  • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Delaware
  • Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI
  • Certified Fire Inspector - NFPA 1

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