Jason Sutula


Senior Fire Investigator / Senior Fire Protection Engineer

Areas of Expertise

Failure Analysis
Fire Suppression Systems Design + Consulting
Fire Detection Systems
Fire + Explosion Investigation
Litigation Support
Vehicle Fires
Fire Origin + Cause Investigation
Fire Modeling
Lithium-Ion Battery Fire Failure Analysis
Fuel + Gas System Investigations

Jason Sutula, PE, PhD specializes in fire and explosion investigation, fire protection suppression and fire alarm systems failure, and fire protection engineering consulting. He applies his expertise in complex residential, commercial and industrial settings. His analysis experience includes bench-scale and full-scale laboratory fire experimentation and research, computer fire modeling, and the industrial hazard analyses of combustible dusts and lithium-ion battery storage and protection. Dr. Sutula has investigated and analyzed hundreds of fire and explosion losses that range from residential fire death and injury to large-scale chemical plant explosions, industrial manufacturing fires, and large commercial facility fires. He has specific fire investigation expertise related to self-heating ignition, fireplace related failures, textile response to fire exposure, fuel gas, vapor, and, carbon monoxide dispersion, gasoline and diesel engine fires, combustible dust explosions, lithium-ion battery fires, and fire injury and death due to burn injury or smoke inhalation. Dr. Sutula has successfully testified in depositions and court as an expert witness. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), and provides training to other fire investigators through NAFI investigation seminars. Additionally, he holds Adjunct Lecturer positions at the University of Maryland and Eastern Kentucky University, where he teaches Advanced Fire Suppression, Fire Dynamics, Fire Behavior and Combustion, and Industrial Fire Protection within the Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation Program.

Education / Certifications
  • PhD, BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering , University of Edinburgh
  • MS, Fire Protection Engineering , University of Maryland
  • BS, Fire Protection Engineering , University of Maryland
  • Registered PE: DE, MD
  • Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator , NAFI
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator , NAFI
  • Certified Fire Investigation Instructor , NAFI

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