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James "Doug" Burns, IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI

Senior Fire Investigator and Asbestos Inspector


Lexington Service Center
1060 Elizabeth Street, Ste. 7



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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Burns has more than 27 years of experience in the public fire service, with over 18 years in the fire investigation/fire prevention industry. He has serviced the private insurance industry as a fire origin and cause investigator for over 10 years. He is retired from the position of Battalion Chief/ Fire Investigator with the City of Somerset Fire Department and has authored hundreds of origin and cause fire investigation reports for the private and the public sector. He has worked numerous fires involving fire fatalities and million dollar losses.

    Mr. Burns has expertise in the fields of:

    • Fire Origin and Cause Investigation
    • Hazardous Materials Technician
    • Asbestos Inspection
  • Education
    • Bachelor of Science, Police Administration and Management, minor in Fire Safety Engineering, Eastern Kentucky University, 1994
    • Associates of Applied Science, Fire and Rescue Technology, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, 2002
  • Certifications
    • Certified Fire Inspector Level 1, KY
    • Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI, #28474
    • Certified Fire and Explosives Investigator, NAFI, #14536-7594v
    • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, NAFI, #14536-7594v
    • Certified Fire Investigator, #232182
    • Emergency Medical Technician, KY, #1037951
    • Level II Fire Service Instructor, KY, #4608
    • Certified OSHA Hazardous Materials Technician
    • Certified Firefighter I & II, #759262, #822580
    • Private Investigator, KY, #KY0493
    • Private Investigator, OH, #2005003750
  • Disciplines
    • Catastrophe Response Team - Forensic Engineering and Investigation
    • Environmental - Asbestos and Lead
    • Fire Investigations
    • Fire Investigations - Failure Analysis
    • Fire Investigations - Incendiarism
    • Fire Investigations - Liability
    • Fire Investigations - Origin and Cause
    • Fire Investigations - Subrogation
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