Providing fire investigation rooted in science

From on-site investigation to evidence examination and testing, we provide comprehensive fire investigation services supported by an in-depth knowledge of fire science. Our technical staff includes more fire protection engineers, fire scientists and fire investigators than any other firm of our size. Our approach has been proven over decades of experience, research and participation in building & fire code development, as well as the investigations of thousands of fires related to industrial, commercial, residential, heavy equipment, vehicle and marine cases. We invest directly into our team, in-house laboratories and industry research to always be on the cutting edge of fire science while delivering the results of your investigation needs in a timely and cost-effective manner.

BATTERY FIRES

Battery failures are often the culprit in a large variety of fire investigations. We are uniquely positioned to determine the origin and cause of almost any battery fire. In recent years, lithium-ion batteries have become the dominant rechargeable battery chemistry for consumer electronics due to their higher energy densities. We help you to understand why lithium batteries fail and conduct analyses of battery remains to identify whether the battery was the origin of the fire and the mechanism of failure for the battery.

COMMERCIAL KITCHEN FIRES

Fires in commercial cooking equipment occur frequently and lead to business interruption, lost revenue and significant repair costs. Our team of experts determine whether the fire was caused by a lack of maintenance, operating procedure, manufacturing defect or a failure of the suppression system. This information can be critical in receiving insurance payments or pursuing litigation.

ELECTRICAL FIRES

We provide electrical forensic analysis of utility power, electrical distribution, appliances, electronics and battery systems to determine why a failure occurred. Any fire in a structure, vehicle, system or device will usually have an electrical system that powered or controlled its performance. We conduct testing and develop the forensic science used to evaluate electrical devices, including receptacles, low voltage devices and battery fires.

VEHICLE FIRES

While the principles of fire dynamics are the same in vehicle fires as in structure fires, there are various other factors that make vehicle fire investigations unique and complex. Our research has been invaluable in determining the origin and cause of vehicle fires. We’re certified vehicle fire investigators (CVFI) through the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) and can deploy anywhere in North America.

WILDLAND FIRES

Wildland fires are extremely complex phenomena that happen at a large scale and under varying atmospheric conditions. We can help you to determine the complexity of your wildland fire problem and find the best solution. Our team will help you understand how a fire started and how wildland fire exposures can impact your business and day-to-day activities. Using our fleet of high-tech drones, we investigate small fires and large-scale conflagrations, and everything from grass fires to forest fires all over North America and beyond.

CONCRETE POST-FIRE ANALYSIS

Fire has a unique impact on concrete and its performance. Using our in-house concrete lab, we can provide you with insight into how a fire has impacted the performance of your concrete structure. Through our work in advising our clients on concrete behavior through all phases of the construction cycle, we are able to quickly identify the causes of cracking, explosive spalling and other key failure mechanisms that can affect your structure, set expectations for future safety, and help you remediate effectively.

FIRE PROTECTION MATERIALS

Fire protection equipment and materials must be properly designed, supplied, installed and maintained to prevent wear and tear or they run the risk of not performing with high efficacy in the event of a fire. We conduct various forensic investigations on fire protection materials to determine omissions, flaws, detachments or deterioration that may have led to or increased a loss.

FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS FORENSIC ANALYSIS

When there is a fire, it is critical that your fire alarm system works as it was designed. Improperly functioning life safety systems can significantly impact safe egress time and even increase the extent of property loss. Our team of engineers and technicians actively participate in fire alarm system codes and standards development and chair numerous National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committees, providing research for the code development process and publishing industry commentary. We apply this vast experience in helping you determining whether a fire alarm system failure was a contributing factor to amplifying any loss.

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