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Heather Herbold, NAFI-CFEI, IAAI-FIT, ECT

Fire Investigator


Chicago Service Center (EFI Global)
2055 W. Army Trail Road, #108






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  • Professional summary

    Ms. Herbold has an extensive background in the Fire and Emergency services. She joined the fire service in 1999, holding positions of Paramedic, Firefighter, and Swiftwater Rescue Instructor. She was responsible for fire suppression, and fire prevention, as well as medical emergencies of any kind. She holds the certifications of Missouri State licensed Paramedic, Firefighter I & II, Fire Officer I & II, HazMat Operations Level, and Fire Department Driver/Operator. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine (Cum Laude), and a Bachelor of Science in Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigations (Summa Cum Laude) from Eastern Kentucky University in 2023.

    Ms. Herbold is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators, Fire Investigation, and Evidence Collection Technician through the International Association of Arson Investigators and meets the National Fire Protection Agency – Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators (NPFA 1033). She has extensive experience in conducting thorough and accurate investigations to determine origin, cause, and responsibility for fires and explosions. She has managed subrogation and liability claims independently and as part of joint exam teams for residential, commercial, industrial, and automotive equipment. She possesses a strong understanding of the scientific methodology, fire science, fire dynamics, and forensic analysis techniques. Her expertise includes, analyzing fire patterns, fire dynamics, collecting and preserving evidence, interviewing witnesses, and preparing detailed reports. She is also well versed in local, state, and federal laws and regulations related to fire investigations. Ms. Herbold is skilled in working with local and state law enforcement agencies, fire departments, insurance companies, and legal professionals to ensure that investigations are conducted thoroughly and efficiently. She is dedicated, detail oriented, and committed to using her skills to deliver high quality results.

  • Education

    Bachelor of Science, Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY, 2023

    Associate in applied science, Paramedic Technology, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis, MO, 2021


  • Certifications

    Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, National Association of Fire Investigators, Certificate #26556-15966
    Certified Fire Investigation Technician, International Association of Arson Investigators, Certificate #1410269
    Certified Evidence Collection Technician, International Association of Arson Investigators, Certificate #1015
    Certified Fire Investigator, State of Missouri #7MO-007473
    Certified State of Missouri Firefighter I & II
    Certified State of Missouri Fire Officer I & II
    Certified State of Missouri Fire Service Driver/Operator/Pumper
    Certified State of Missouri Hazardous Materials, Operations Level
    Licensed Paramedic, State of Missouri, License #P11481
    Licensed Private Fire Investigator, State of Missouri, License #2023040325
    Licensed Private Fire Investigator, State of Illinois, PERC #129.489331
    Licensed Private Investigator, State of Iowa, License #155634

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