Fire Investigator


Jimmy Bowen is a Certified Fire Investigator with Fire Cause Analysis based in the state of Washington and is conducting investigations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. He began his career as a firefighter with the City of Spokane Fire Department in 1992 and was subsequently promoted to the rank of Fire Lieutenant.  In 2008 Mr. Bowen was selected to the Spokane Fire Department’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) where he served as Lieutenant of the unit for seven years. While serving in the department’s SIU, he was responsible for numerous fire origin and cause investigations and was tasked with the subsequent criminal investigation of those fires that were determined to be incendiary. Mr. Bowen prepared cases for filing by the prosecutor’s office and provided expert witness testimony on matters of origin and cause in both State and Federal Courts.

Mr. Bowen is experienced in determining the origin and cause of residential, commercial, and vehicle fires. He is skilled in fire scene excavation, fire damage diagramming, witness interviews, photographic documentation, report writing, evidence collection, and chain of custody.

Mr. Bowen has experience supporting insurance carriers and attorneys in providing factual details and expert opinion enabling his clients to properly determine coverage, assisting in subrogation, providing forensic expert opinions on product liability claims and insurance liability claims.


  • Licensed Unarmed Private Investigator, Montana,
    No. 23832
  • Licensed Unarmed Private Investigator, Washington,
    No. 4250
  • Certified Asbestos Worker, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I),
    No. 2018034802A


Certified Fire Investigator (CFI), International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
No. 21-092138

Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
No. 20776-13370

Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI), National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
No. 20776-13370v

Fire Investigator Special Commission (FISC), Spokane Police Department

Fire Investigator Technician (FIT), International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)

Firefighter I (FF-I), International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC)

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), Safety Unlimited,
No. 163065162784

Reserve Law Enforcement Officer (RLEO), Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission (WSCJTC)


  • Member, International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
  • Member, International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI, Washington State Chapter)
  • Member, National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)