Richard Peterson, CFI

Fire Investigator

rich.peterson[at]fcafire.com
1-800-726-5939

Mr. Peterson is a senior fire investigator with Fire Cause Analysis. Recently, he retired as captain with the Santa Clara City Fire Department. Mr. Peterson has over 39 years of experience in the fire service including eight years as a deputy fire marshal with the Santa Clara City Fire Prevention Bureau. His experience includes code enforcement and the regulation of hazardous materials. He has conducted over 200 environmental criminal investigations for Santa Clara. To date, Mr. Peterson has conducted over 7,000 code-related fire safety inspections and over 1,000 fire investigations. He has testified on numerous occasions as an expert in both criminal and civil proceedings.

Certifications:

  • California State Fire Academy Fire Investigator
  • California State Fire Marshal Arson and Bomb Investigator
  • State Board of Fire Services Fire Investigator I
  • National Fire Academy Fire/Arson Investigator
  • Continuing Education Advanced Fire Investigator (CCAI/TF)
  • State Board of Fire Services Fire Officer I
  • State Board of Fire Services Fire Investigator II

 

Affiliations:

  • California Conference of Arson Investigators
  • International Association of Firefighters (Retired)
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Secretary to the Santa Clara County Arson Task Force
  • Board of Directors, California Hazardous Materials Investigators Association