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Meet Our Team

MEET OUR TEAM

Our fire experts have over 60 years of cumulative experience in fire and explosion investigations and 80 years of public safety and insurance claims experience. Due to our public safety background, we have experienced first-hand how a variety of factors can affect the growth and spread of a fire. We feel this experience gives us a true advantage over others when we are both mentally and physically reconstructing a fire scene and developing a hypothesis of the sequence of events that contributed to the cause of the fire.

Each assignment will be approached with no preconceived notions and our investigators will simply let the available evidence speak for itself.  All investigations are performed under the guidelines set forth in current editions of NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.   As such, the Scientific Method of Investigation is employed: where data from a wide variety of sources is collected and analyzed, hypotheses are developed and tested, and a final hypothesis is selected based on the facts of the data analysis and evidence.  We hope you will find our honesty and integrity somewhat refreshing. 

We strive for open communication and will not accept an assignment and then disappear for the duration of the assignment.  You will be provided with verbal status reports from the scenes, as well as interim status reports throughout the investigation.  Our investigators have the analytical thought and critical thinking ability to collect and analyze a wide variety of complex data through investigation and research, and synthesize the data into a cohesive and comprehensive written report that withstands legal challenges and scrutiny. Every investigation will be conducted in such a manner that every piece of evidence will be admissible in a court of law and every judge and jury will easily understand the facts, after one of our court-seasoned Investigators presents the evidence. 

By working with forensic engineers and other available professionals, we are able to provide a complete and thorough examination and analysis of the fire or explosion event. We use qualified scientific laboratories to process evidence which enables us to obtain test results in an efficient and timely manner.

Proper evidence handling and storage techniques are consistently followed to preserve the value of any evidence collected from a fire for possible presentation in court.

We would like to have the opportunity to serve your company or firm. We believe we can positively impact your investigative needs by responding to scenes within 48 hours of receiving the assignment, if not sooner.  Our investigative staff will tell you up-front when we cannot do so.  Our office has the capability of submitting a full electronic report to you.  It is the goal of all investigators to submit their final peer reviewed report to the client within 14 days of completion of the fire scene examination, making the turnaround for you, the client, as fast as possible.  If this goal will not be met, you will be advised.

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Tim Smith

IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI
Senior Fire Investigator / Forensic Locksmith
(404) 596-9118
tsmith@cfi-fire.com

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Steve Forren

IAAI-CFI, CFEI
Senior Fire Investigator

(678) 630-9721
sforren@cfi-fire.com

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Danny Irions

IAAI-CFI, CFEI
Senior Fire Investigator

(706) 325-3185
dirions@cfi-fire.com

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Mark Whatley

IAAI-CFI, CFEI. CVFI
Senior Fire Investigator

(817) 789-8251
mwhatley@cfi-fire.com

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Matthew Cooper

IAAI-CFI, CFEI. CVFI
Senior Fire Investigator
(918) 974-9317
mcooper@cfi-fire.com

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James Cyganiewicz

IAAI-CFI
Fire Investigator

(843) 655-2732
jcyganewicz@cfi-fire.com

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David Adams

IAAI-CFI
Senior Fire Investigator

(404) 695-2840
dadams@cfi-fire.com

ABOUT US

Complete Fire Investigation, LLC (CFI) is an independent forensic fire investigation company which provides a spectrum of services at competitive prices. Our mission is to provide our clients with exceptional customer service and forensic analysis and investigations that are the highest quality in the industry.

Our responsive, thorough, and client focused approach assures you of the highest quality origin and cause investigation.  Our fire experts are capable of providing this expertise no matter how large or how small the loss may be.  All analysis and investigations are conducted in accordance with the requirements and methodology of NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, and the current accepted principles of fire investigation and analysis.

Each assignment will be approached with no preconceived notions and our investigators will simply let the available evidence speak for itself.  All investigations are performed under the guidelines set forth in current editions of NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.   As such, the Scientific Method of Investigation is employed: where data from a wide variety of sources is collected and analyzed, hypotheses are developed and tested, and a final hypothesis is selected based on the facts of the data analysis and evidence.  We hope you will find our honesty and integrity somewhat refreshing. 

Complete Fire Investigation carries the appropriate levels of professional liability insurance and we can provide you with a Certificate of Insurance, upon request. Our Investigators are licensed and registered in those states that require such.  All investigators are certified as IAAI - Certified Fire Investigators (IAAI-CFI) and Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) and meet the qualifications for fire investigators set for under NFPA 1033. Our investigators have qualified and testified as an expert witness on multiple occasions, for trials and depositions concerning origin and cause opinions in both state and federal courts. 

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OUR FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

The main office in Covington, Georgia has a full service laboratory and a secure, climate-controlled evidence warehouse facility.  Our lab is equipped with ultra-sonic cleaners, microscopes.  Our evidence warehouse is secured and organized by a bin-lot management system.  Our main office is under 24-hour video surveillance.

LABORATORY

Complete Fire Investigation, LLC has a forensic laboratory located at our main office in Covington, Georgia. Our lab features all the equipment needed for forensic examinations, failure analyses, as well as non-destructive testing.

Our lab is equipped with ultrasonic cleaners, fiber optic cameras, Digital AmScope microscopes, thermal measuring devices and digital display capabilities.  Additionally, our labs feature wide entry doors as well as bay doors to accommodate larger artifact analysis.  The CFI labs is climate-controlled and secured with 24-hour video surveillance and security.

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