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

Senior Fire Investigator and Asbestos Inspector


Louisville, KY Service Center
7311 Highway 329
Suite 1102
Crestwood, KY





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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Burns has more than 20 years of experience in the public fire service, with over two decades in the fire investigation/fire prevention industry.  He has serviced the private insurance industry as a fire origin and cause investigator for over 16 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 multi-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 Asbestos Inspector Initial, Kentucky License # 73812
    Certified Fire Inspector Level 1, Kentucky Department of Building and Construction
    Certified Fire Investigator, International Association of Arson Investigators, 02-061(28474)
    Certified Fire and Explosives Investigator, National Association of Fire Investigators, 14536-7594v
    Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, National Association of Fire Investigators, 14536-7594v
    Certified Kentucky Emergency Medical Technician, Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services, 1037951
    Level II Fire Service Instructor, Kentucky Fire Commission, 4608
    Certified OSHA Hazardous Materials Technician
    Certified Firefighter I & II, International Association of Fire Service Accreditation, 759262, 822580
    Private Investigator, Kentucky, # KY 136082
    Private Investigator, Ohio, # 201211196306
    Private Investigator, Tennessee. # 8138
    Private Investigator, West Virginia
    Private Investigator, Indiana

  • 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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