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Brett Sutherland is kickin’ ASH!! Fire Cause Analysis is extremely proud of Fire Investigator Brett Sutherland’s determination in Southern California.

Brett Sutherland has managed to investigate three arson cases, two in the City of Costa Mesa and one in Newport Beach all in the month of March. In addition, two cases already have suspects in custody while the third case is on its way to catching the suspect. Great...
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Fire Cause Analysis was extremely honored to have Andy Berasley, Fire Investigator, CFEI, CVFI, IAAI-FIT and John White, Vice President – Engineering Services, CFI, PE, MS, invited to educate the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Vehicle Fire Investigations in Washington D.C. on December 4, 2018.

Fire Cause Analysis is honored to have been invited to teach a Vehicle Investigation class for the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in Washington D.C. on December 5, 2018. The class was taught by Automotive...
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Sept. 7 – IAMI Western States Regional Training Seminar – Port Orchard, WA – Don P, Dennis & Gary B. presented training on marina fire investigations & origin and cause.

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Sept. 13 – CA. Assoc. of Joint Powers Authorities (CAJPA) Fall Conference – Lake Tahoe, Nv. – Dennis Field & Don Perkins participated in a panel discussion on Wildland Fires – The Topic “We Didn’t Start the Fire” – Extinguishing Public Entity Liability after a Fire.

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The South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy and representatives from Korea Electrical Safety Corporation (KESCO) and Korea Gas Safety Corporation (KGS) visited Fire Cause Analysis!

The Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy and representatives from Korea Electrical Safety Corporation (KESCO) and Korea Gas Safety Corporation (KGS) visited Fire Cause Analysis to discuss fire prevention and investigation procedures in the United States....
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Fire Investigators, Andy Berasley and KC Hester will be presented “Vehicle Arson Investigations – Don’t Get Burned!” at this years SCFIA “Lunch and Learn.”

SCFIA May 3, 2018 Lunch & Learn Thursday, May 3, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Lunch Provided) Members: $35 Non-Members: $45 Rio Hondo Country Club - 10627 Old River School Rd, Downey CA. 90241 Topic: “Vehicle Arson Investigations – Don’t Get Burned!” Speaker:...
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Ulises Castellon’s presented “Seven Deadly Sins of Adjuster Testimony” at the NAIIA 81st annual Conference in Lake Tahoe, California!

Come and enjoy FCA principle, Ulises Castellon, and Insurance professional, Doug Wood, present "Seven Deadly Sins of Adjuster Testimony" at the National Association Independent Adjusters 81st annual conference! "This program addresses every insurance professionals...
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FCA’s own principle NFPA affiliates, Hal Lyson and Dennis Field, took part in the kick off for the 2020 NFPA 1033 revision cycle on Friday, March 2nd!

FCA's own principle NFPA affiliates, Hal Lyson and Dennis Field, took part in the kick off for the 2020 NFPA 1033 revision cycle on Friday, March...
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President & Founder Don Perkins presented “Vessel Fire Investigations Navigating Troubled Waters” at the Puget Sound Maritime Claims Association!

At this years PSMCA, President and Founder, Don Perkins presented, "Vessel Fire Investigations Navigating Troubled Waters." This year's PSMCA met in Seattle Washington where Mr. Perkins discussed the functions and responsibilities when it comes to submarine and large...
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“Fire and Explosion Investigations that Sizzle!” – FCA principle, Ulises Castellon, Clark Hill LLP member Doug Wood and Capital Insurance Group Regional Property Claim Manager, Juliet Schade presented at the Combined Claims Conference

Please join Clark Hill LLP Member Doug Wood, Fire Cause Analysis principal, Ulises Castellon, and Capital Insurance Group Regional Property Claim Manager, Juliet Schade, at the Combined Claims Conference for their presentation of "Fire and Explosion Investigations...
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    Apr
    25
    Thu
    Oregon Claims Adjuster Association Symposium
    Apr 25 all-day

    Wilsonville,
    Ulises to present (TBD)

    May
    2
    Thu
    AICP Meeting
    May 2 all-day

    San Francisco, CA
    UC to present “Large Loss Fires – A Team Approach” – 1 Hr CE CA & TX

    May
    7
    Tue
    North Dakota State Claims Association Seminar
    May 7 all-day

    Matt Wilke, IAAI-CFI and Karl Nesler, CIFI, AIC, FCLA, PCLA, will be presenting at the 2019 North Dakota State Claim Seminar, May 07, 2019 at the Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND.

    Please join them during their presentations of Spoliation and the Claims Adjuster and Fire and Explosion Investigations that Sizzle. We
    promise the presentations will help you accomplish your mission of properly handling claims involving
    evidence and fire / explosion investigations.

    Classic Topics Include:

    Spoliation and the Claims Adjuster: Evidence taken in the course of a forensic fire investigation is a critical element to proving the investigator’s findings. However, that very same evidence [if improperly taken, secured or handled] can destroy an otherwise sound case. We will explore the issues involved in fire related litigation when evidence is in the mix; highlighting considerations in taking/securing/testing evidence and discusses tactical issues when evidence is taken by an adverse party. The spoliation issues discussed are equally applicable to any type of claim (Auto or Property) in which evidence is involved. Fire and Explosion Investigations That Sizzle: Visually compelling cases will illustrate effective forensic fire investigations. The discussion evolves to the evaluation of the expert and their findings. The insurance claims professional’s responsibilities extend beyond the technical ability to resolve issues of coverage, liability and damages. The process of investigation, evaluation and resolution is one that relies on good judgment to discharge contractual responsibilities to the insurance customer. The insurance claims professional’s responsibilities include the demanding challenge of evaluating the technical abilities of experts. We will provide tools and perspective for successful evaluation of experts.

    About the Speakers:

    Matthew Wilke, IAAI-CFI, is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators. The IAAI-CFI is recognized as the “Gold Standard”in our industry. Matthew concurrently holds a position of Fire Captain and fire investigator for the City of Bismarck, ND while he also conducts fire investigations for Fire Cause Analysis over the last 5 years. He has over 23 years of fire service experience including: firefighting, investigation and EMT services. Matthew has been responsible for origin and cause investigations for the past 18 years and has been involved in multiple fire investigations in residential, commercial and automotive fires. Matthew is in charge of department training for the
    City of Bismarck Fire Department Investigations team. He is a graduate of University of Mary with a Communications degree.

    Karl Nesler, CIFI, AIC, FCLA, PCLA, retired from State Farm Insurance Companies after over 28 years. For the last 18 years of his insurance career, Karl handled special investigations in the upper Midwest. During this time, Karl gained extensive experience resolving automobile, homeowner, commercial property, and personal injury claims. He led comprehensive enquiries; analyzed damages, causation, and potential fraud. He collaborated with insurance agents, repair professionals, and attorneys to interpret policies and determine proper settlements. Karl’s areas of expertise include: Fire investigations, Evidence Handling, Interviews, Subrogation, Property & Fire Claims, Fraud Investigation, Damage Appraisal, Settlement Negotiation, Liability Analysis, Customer Service, Report Evaluation, Detailed Documentation, and Legal Testimony. Karl has testified in local, state and Federal – civil and criminal courts.

    Geico SIU Conference
    May 7 @ 9:00 am – May 8 @ 5:00 pm

    San Diego, CA
    Ulises and Andy to present “Vehicle Arson Investigations – Don’t Get Burned” – (1 HR – CA-CE)

    May
    9
    Thu
    El Camino CPCU Chapter Meeting
    May 9 all-day

    Ulises to present “Hot Topics in Product Fires: Hover Boards, E-Cigs, Smart Meters, Drones and More”

    May
    10
    Fri
    West Coast Construction Defects Seminar
    May 10 all-day

    Anaheim, CA

    May
    16
    Thu
    AICA Chapter Meeting
    May 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Phoenix, AZ
    Ulises to present “Large Loss Fires – A Team Approach”

    May
    23
    Thu
    WSATI Lunch & Learn
    May 23 all-day

    Long Beach, CA

    Jun
    21
    Fri
    PSAA Golf Tournament –
    Jun 21 all-day

    Tacoma, WA