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Hal C. Lyson, CFI

Fire Investigator/Litigation Consulting

hal.lyson@fcafire.com

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Hal Lyson is an expert in fire investigation and litigation consulting relating to fire, explosions, industrial incidents and codes. He serves in the capacity of Director of Fire Investigations for Fire Cause Analysis.

Until joining forces with Fire Cause Analysis in May 2006, Mr. Lyson served as the chief investigator for the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi and was responsible for conducting and supervising all aspects of investigations from the inception of an assignment to the completion of trial or settlement. Previously, Hal worked for the Bismarck Fire Department where he was responsible for origin and cause investigations. He also oversaw fire company inspections of commercial occupancies and follow-up on noncompliance; inspection of high risk properties; plan review and inspection of new fire protection/suppression systems and inspection of construction of high risk properties.

Hal Lyson is an active member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and the National Fire Protection Association, Industrial Fire Protection Section, including NFPA standards committees:

  • Principle member on NFPA 921 “Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations” that developed the first Fire and Explosion Investigation Manual (NFPA 921)
  • Committee member since prior to first edition, 1992, through the 2014 edition
  • Alternate Principal member on National Fire Protection Committee 1033 — “Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators” (NFPA 1033)
  • Director of Development for the User’s Manual for NFPA 921 (published by NFPA and supported by IAAI)
  • Co-director of second edition of the “User’s Manual for NFPA 921”
  • Contributing Author “Fire Investigator, Principles and Practice to NFPA 921 and 1033”

Areas of Expertise:

  • Certified Fire Investigator
  • Litigation Consulting
  • NFPA 921
  • NFPA 1033

 

Affiliations:

  • National Fire Protection Association, Industrial Fire Protection Section
  • Active member on Standards Committees NPFA 921 and NPFA 1033
  • Director of Development for the User’s Manual for NFPA 921
  • Associate Editor for Inter Fire and its web pages
  • Honorary Life Member of the Minnesota Chapter of International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
  • North Dakota and Arizona Chapters of the IAAI
  • New York State Academy Student Faculty Association