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Christopher "Chris" Palmer, IAAI-CFI

Senior Fire Investigator


Los Angeles Service Center
317 S. Isis Avenue, Suite 207






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  • Professional summary

    Chris has over 31 years in public safety service with the last 14 years assigned primarily to fire investigations and law enforcement. Chris has personally conducted, participated and supervised investigations into residential, commercial, wildland, and vehicle fires. Those investigations included multi-million-dollar losses, insurance fraud, homicides/fatalities, and complex serial arson cases. Chris has testified as an expert witness 20 times in the Superior Court of California for fire origin and cause.

  • Certifications

    International Association of Arson Investigators, CFI, Certification # 22-0415135

    California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) – Fire Investigator 1 & 2

    California State Fire Marshal (CSFM) – Fire Officer

    National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) – FI 210 Wildland Fire O&C Determination

    National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) – FI 310 Wildland Fire Investigation Case Development

    California Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) – Advanced Certificate

    California Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) – Field Training Officer

    California Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) – Supervisory Course

    Behavior Analysis Training Institute (BATI) – Interview and Interrogation Techniques

    Department of Justice / FBI – Post Blast Investigator School

    CAL OES – Terrorism and Homeland Security Specialist

  • Disciplines
    • Fire Investigations
    • Fire Investigations - Failure Analysis
    • Fire Investigations - Incendiarism
    • Fire Investigations - Liability
    • Fire Investigations - Origin and Cause
    • Fire Investigations - Subrogation
    • Fire Investigations - Wildfire
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