In November, Haag welcomed its new Fire Origin and Cause Group—Firensics. Firensics provides fire origin and cause investigations, HAZMAT investigations, evidence collection and storage, burn testing, code and research analysis, and expert witness testimony.
Firensics’ investigation services perfectly complement the fire services Haag engineers have provided for decades--fire origin and cause inspections related to mechanical failures needing a Professional Engineer’s seal.
Firensics is dedicated to providing the highest-quality forensic investigations of fires and explosions in the industry. Their team of seasoned and court-tested investigators is committed to quickly finding the answers you need through industry-recognized scientific methods. With a thorough understanding of subrogation, liability, and fraud, Firensics makes your job easier by answering all of your questions for O & C investigation and providing technical reports, if requested, within 5 business days for most non-legal residential and auto assignments.
The team at Firensics is led by Director of Fire Investigation Services, Ed Roberts, IAAI-CFI. Ed is a seasoned fire investigator, with over 1,500 fire investigations and 25 years of experience investigating fires. (See Teams profiles below)
As founder of Firensics, Inc., I combine my lifelong experience and training in fire investigations with the training I received as an adjuster to create an approach to fire investigation and report product that best serves your needs through quick response time, clarity, and ease of use. As a member of a number of professional organizations, I am actively and constantly working to improve the industry of fire investigation.
Kelly has investigated or supervised more than 1,500 origin and cause investigations, including fires and explosions involving fatalities, as well as complex subrogation issues involving multi-million-dollar losses. His work has included first party insurance investigations, third party insurance defense work, plaintiff's work, consumer product liability cases, contractor liability, and file review. Investigations have included losses to residences, vehicles, commercial/industrial structures, and wild land fires. Kelly has actively participated in live burn training of more than 60 structures, more than 75 automobiles, and dozens of appliances. He has assisted with the coordination of structural test burns involving both hog and human cadavers for the purpose of post-fire and post-blast death investigations.
Jeremy brings 9 years of investigative experience to Firensics, Inc., beginning his career as a police officer, advancing to investigator and fire investigator. Since 2010, he has been responsible for the direct investigation and supervision of over 90 fires and explosions, including losses involving fatalities and complex investigations including multiple interested parties requiring precise execution of scene investigations & processing. In 2013 Jeremy obtained the coveted Certified Fraud Examiner’s Certificate from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and maintains that certification to date. To remain at the forefront of forensic science and investigative technology, he adds an average of 50 hours of specialized training bi-annually to the more than 600 hours of accumulated specialized forensic training. He is currently working to complete his (V) designation for the IAAI-CFI.Jeremy provides training to fellow peace officers and investigators throughout Texas. Jeremy has actively participated in the live burn testing of over half dozen structures, more than five automobiles, and numerous appliances.
Richard has personally investigated over 4,000 origin and cause investigations spanning 22 years of public service and 20 years of private fire investigations. These assignments involved the crimes of arson, arson-murder, capital murder, burglary, theft and other organized crimes as a certified law enforcement officer. His private investigative work included assignments for personal injury, death, subrogation, first party insurance, third party insurance defense work, plaintiff's work, consumer product liability, contractor liability, and file review. His technical/vocational training provided advanced college level training in heat transfer, metallurgy, welding, hydraulics, fuel systems, mechanical and electrical theory and repair of both DC and AC circuits. This training also included maintenance and repair of internal combustion and gas turbine engines which is a direct asset in consideration of failure modes or operation issues resulting in a fire or explosion.
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