Maria Sabatini, CFI

Fire Investigator


Maria Sabatini has had the good fortune to enjoy a 23 year fire service career prior to joining the Fire Cause Analysis Team. After starting with the California Department of Forestry in 1988, she landed in a large municipal fire department, where she encounters a diversity of people and fires second to nowhere. Still excited about every new fire, Maria continues to take on new challenges to further her expertise and training in fire investigation. Maria is an International Association of Arson Investigators Certified Fire Investigator, holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, and enjoys teaching Fire Investigation. She has been the regular adjunct instructor in her city’s Police and Fire academies where she imparts a strong foundation in fire scene investigations and a profound appreciation of evidence preservation on new recruits. Maria’s investigative experience includes fires in commercial and residential structures, and she has served as an expert witness on thirteen occasions in Alameda County Superior Court.

Education & Certifications:

  • Master of Public Administration, California State University East Bay – 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, Mills College – 1986
  • California Licensed Private Investigator – 2010 (P.I. # 27141)
  • Certified Fire Investigator, International Association of Arson Investigators – 2008 (IAAICFI #22-135)
  • NFPA 1033-1998 Fire Investigator – National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications – 2008 (# 292130)
  • Level II (Highest Level) Fire Investigator, California State Fire Marshall – 2008
  • Certified Fire Investigator, California Conference of Arson Investigators – 2007
  • Peace Officer, California Police Officer Standard Training PC 832 – 2004