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ElectriSAFE NZ

For fire involving electrical appliance or activity as a potential cause of fire, Fire Investigation Service consults and investigates with the aid of Mike Macklin from ElectriSafe, a Registered Electrical Inspector with over 30 years experience. Mike also has under gone specialised electrical fire investigation training.

Fire-Ex Forensics

Fire-Ex Forensics, Inc. is a private consultancy that offers its services in cases where fires or explosions are involved. Both criminal and civil cases are accepted. Dr. John DeHaan is the president and sole professional consultant of Fire-Ex Forensics Inc. since its founding in 1998. In addition to casework, DeHaan presents lectures and teaches classes on topics of forensic investigation, reconstruction or laboratory analysis and evidence interpretation to an average of twenty different organizations per year.

With over 40 years’ experience in fire and explosion-related forensic science, Dr. DeHaan has been involved in many national and international efforts to improve fire investigation. He has authored six editions of Kirk’s Fire Investigation since 1982. As the most widely used textbook in the field, it has promulgated the scientific investigation of fire and explosion events.

Fire Forensics PTL

Jim Munday joined the Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) Forensic Science Laboratory in 1972 and moved into full-time fire and explosion investigation in 1979. He left the lab in 1998 and relocated to New South Wales in 2002. He has investigated well over 3000 fire scenes including some 350 fatal incidents, and carried out laboratory tests on materials from more than 1000 others.

Jim has contributed to many publications and lectured widely on all aspects of fire and explosion investigation. He has also been heavily involved in devising and delivering training programmes and helping to create national standards of competence for investigators. Jim is a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers, holds the Post-Graduate Diploma of the Forensic Science Society in Fire Investigation and is an IAAI Certified Fire Investigator. He is also a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society, currently one of only three in this discipline.

Luis Velazco

Luis Velazco has been involved in all aspects of the field of fire investigation and post blast scene investigation as well as critical incident scene and case management for the past thirty five years. He is a nationally and internationally known lecturer on effective investigative techniques and solutions for, Law Enforcement, Fire Service, Insurance Industry and Legal Professionals. His expertise includes Fire Origin and Cause Determination, Post Blast Scene Investigations, Large Loss Investigation Management, Training Curriculum Development, Special Investigation Unit (SIU) Training, Subrogation and Fraud Investigation.


New Zealand Association of Fire Investigators Incorporated (NZAFI)

New Zealand Association of Fire Investigators Incorporated (NZAFI) is a professional society for individuals involved in the investigation of the origin and cause of fires, and the investigation, prosecution and suppression of arson in New Zealand.

Victorian Association of Fire Investigators, Inc

The Victorian Association of Fire Investigators is an organisation made up of representatives of all fire and fire investigation fields in Victoria and Tasmania.

It has these objectives:

  • To unite for mutual benefit those officials and private persons engaged in the control of arson and kindred crimes
  • To provide for the exchange of technical information and developments
  • To co-operate with other law enforcement agencies and associations to further fire prevention and suppression of crime
  • To encourage high professional standards of conduct among fire investigators and to continually strive to eliminate all factors which interfere with administration of crime suppression.

International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc. (IAAI)

The International Association of Arson Investigators, Inc. (IAAI) is an association of more than 5,000 fire investigation professionals from across the world, united by a strong commitment to suppress the crime of arson through professional fire investigation.


Useful Links

National Fire Protection Association

The mission of the international non-profit NFPA, established in 1896, is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

Building and Fire Publications

This website contains a collection of over 4500 publications related to fire and building research. These publications were produced by or for NIST staff mostly between 1993 and 2010. It also contains a selected number of documents published before 1993.

Fire and Explosion Safety Links

Safety links compiled by Fire Science and Technology Inc.

Product Safety Recalls Database

Product safety recalls in the last 30 days as recorded by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

A fire or explosion investigation is a complex endeavour involving skill, technology, knowledge, and science.