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J. Cord Guthrie, IAAI – CFI, NAFI – CFEI/CVFI

District Fire Sciences Principal


Denver, CO Service Center
3030 S. Tejon St.
Englewood, CO






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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Guthrie has over 23 years of forensic-related investigation experience – from vehicle accident reconstruction, including rollovers and large truck collisions, to fire origin and cause investigations, all across the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Mexico.  He has investigated large commercial fires, residential fires, oil-field explosions, and vehicle fires.  He has a vast understanding of residential construction systems, and construction practices.  He has studied and offered testimony on fire protection systems, such as smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, and portable fire extinguishers.

    He has a vast understanding of vehicle mechanical systems, and vehicle accident reconstruction.  He has investigated several hundred rollover accidents over his career, and dozens of loss-of-directional-stability accidents.  He has been involved with large-scale vehicle testing, including dynamic remote control and static tests.  He has also conducted small-scale forensic tests relating to Hot-Shock, and mechanical component tests for a variety of products.

    His areas of expertise include the following:

    • Fire Origin & Cause (including explosions)
    • Wildland Fire Investigation
    • Forensic Photography
    • Technical Research and Writing
    • Forensic Testing
  • Education

    Master’s Degree, Forensic Science, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 2001

    Bachelor’s Degree, Psychology (Pre-Med), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, 1999

  • Certifications

    Certified Fire Investigator (CFI), International Association of Arson Investigators #41-022247
    Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI), National Association of Fire Investigators, #9594-4436
    Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI), National Association of Fire Investigators, #9594-4436V
    Private Investigator License, Arkansas, License #CMPY.0002176
    Private Investigator License, New Mexico, License #PI13575
    Private Investigator License, Utah
    Remote Pilot License, DOT / FAA, License #4153570

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