Glenn White, CFI

Fire Investigator

Glenn White holds the position of senior fire investigator with Fire Cause Analysis. As a senior fire investigator, Glenn performs fire investigations, presentations and consults clients in all aspects of fire investigation matters. In addition to working with Fire Cause Analysis, Glenn has worked in the fire service for nearly 30 years serving in many capacities, most recently serving as acting Battalion Chief. Glenn’s responsibilities with the fire service include complex high rise and commercial occupancy inspections. He has worked for the last six years as a truck and engine company captain as well as the lead fire/arson investigator for the Newport Beach Fire Department. Glenn has served as a member of the Hazardous Materials Team, functioned for 16 years as a paramedic, 12 years as a captain, and 11 years as a fire/arson investigator. Captain White has participated in over 500 origin and cause investigations and acted as the lead investigator on over 300 of those fires. He has also testified as an expert witness in Superior Court on an arson and attempted murder case.

Glenn White excels at teaching and has provided trainings to his department. He has developed an in-house Urban Interface Safety course and is a California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) Certified Rapid Intervention Crew (RIC) instructor and developed a Jr. Fire Firefighter program for the Newport Mesa School District. Captain White has also presented vehicle fire investigation classes to the Orange County Fire/Arson Task Force and has participated in numerous live burns. These live burns included many different scenarios using different ignition sources. He has also identified many previously undetermined vehicle arson cases in San Diego, Orange, and LA County. In addition, Glenn has served as guest lecturer at Saddleback College for Paramedic students and functioned as a Paramedic Preceptor. Captain White was chosen by his department to head a new program in the school district called Open Airways for Schools which was designed to help children with asthma. Glenn used his presentation skills with “Team Kids” who have partnered with the Newport Beach Fire Department (NBFD) and the Newport Mesa School District to empower elementary age children with the tools to contribute to society at this early age. He also led the instruction in his department for the new Multi Casualty Incident Program as well as the Community Emergency Response Team.

Glenn White has utilized his past training skills as Training Officer for the Orange County Fire Arson Task Force to present a week-long class for all County CSI teams and Fire Investigators. The class focused on identifying patterns, photography, evidence collection, and the importance of NFPA 921 and its’ use in all fire investigations.

Glenn is a Certified California State Fire Marshal Fire/Arson Investigator and holds the qualifications of a Chief Officer. Glenn also served four years as President of the Orange County Fire/Arson Task Force. He has assisted the Orange County District Attorney’s office as an Expert Witness to review case information and provide insight as well as prepare for court room presentation. Glenn was recently selected to serve as a Public Information Officer for the City of Newport Beach Fire Department and wrote the new policy for Fire Investigations and Fire/Arson Investigators in Newport Beach.


  • Certified California State Fire Marshal Fire/Arson Investigator
  • California State Fire Marshal Certified RIC instructor
  • Certified Fire Investigator