Fire Expert Witness Services

With combined experience of more than 90 years in fire department operations, fire and building code administration, and fire training, our expert witnesses, who were all former Chiefs, understand the complexities and nuances of emergency services.

Our expert witnesses can testify regarding industry best practices, fire cause and origin, fire spread, code compliance, fire protection means and methods, hazardous materials analysis and management, building construction, emergency lighting, fire systems, emergency medical services, fire reporting, fire suppression, and fire safety system failure analysis including exiting.

Our experts can provide analysis of fire department operations, including firefighting operations and emergency vehicle operations, safety procedures, and fire scene management. Our experts have extensive experience in different aspects of fire safety, fire service management, fire investigation, and building and fire code requirements along with experience with various codes and standards published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Other areas of expertise include above ground storage tank (AST), building codes, fire & life safety, fire sprinkler systems, high-rise firefighting, incident command, rescue and extrication, emergency vehicle driving procedures and standards, and fire communications and dispatch procedures.

 

Our Fire Department Operations Expert Witnesses

Kurt Henke has over thirty-four years of experience in the fire service and has held the ranks of Firefighter through Fire Chief.  Prior to becoming the Fire Chief of California’s seventh largest fire department, Kurt served as Union President of one the state’s largest labor groups, serving multiple Cities and Districts.  In addition, he was the Chairman of the California Metropolitan Fire Chiefs, was an Executive Board member of the California Fire Chiefs Association from 2011 through 2014 and was named the 2013 California Fire Chief of the Year.

Scott Clough was a thirty-three year member of California’s fire service, Chief Clough started his career as a hand crew member in southern California and worked his way through the ranks.  He retired as an Assistant Chief and is most noted for his work in creating California’s GEMT program.  He currently serves as the Public Sector Program Manager, the EMS Chair for CSFA, and as an EMS advisor to California Fire Chiefs Association, California Metro Chiefs, and the League of California Cities.  Chief Clough has been a noted speaker to the California Ambulance Association, Nevada Fire Chiefs, Utah Fire Chiefs, California Fire & EMS Disaster (CFED) Conference, League of Cities, and the Fire District Association of California.

Mike DuRee has over 30 years of experience in the Fire and EMS services.  Chief DuRee is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and served during the first Gulf War.  He joined the Long Beach Fire Department in 1994, after his honorable discharge from active duty.  He served in every rank and was selected to the position of Fire Chief in 2012.  During his career, Chief DuRee was an instrumental part of both labor and management, serving as President and Vice President of the Firefighters Association prior to moving to the management ranks.  Mike served as President of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association, President of the California Fire Chiefs Association, and is currently the EMS Section Chair of the International Association of Metropolitan Fire Chiefs, representing over 300 Fire Chiefs from the largest Fire Departments world-wide.  Chief DuRee has both his bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Public Administration and is certified at the State and Federal levels for Emergency Management and Public Information.

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