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Ken Canziani, IAAI-CFI

Senior Fire Investigator


Sacramento, CA Service Center
1172 National Drive
Suite 100
Sacramento, CA





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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Canziani’s background consists of education/technical training and 30 years of professional experience as a law enforcement investigator. Mr. Canziani achieved the rank of Sergeant with the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and retired in November 2008. During the course of Mr. Canziani’s employment he was assigned as a Violent Crimes Detective, where he investigated numerous crimes against persons, including death and homicide.

    Mr. Canziani became an expert in behavior analysis and is a highly-developed interviewer and interrogator.

    Mr. Canziani concurrently served as Reserve Fire Fighter/EMT with the American Canyon Fire Protection District and subsequently developed skills to become a Fire Investigator. Mr. Canziani also acted in this capacity for the Napa/Solano Fire Investigation Unit and the Marin County Fire Investigation Unit.

    Mr. Canziani also participated in over 30 live burns of structures, vehicles, and vegetation fires for investigative training purposes. During and after these fires he observed and photographed fire behavior and burn/char indicators adding to his experience of fire patterns, fire behavior, scene preservation, and investigation. Some of this experience included the use of explosives and incendiary devices; thus, providing a broader range of fire investigation experience for him, including exposure to the influence of ventilation and firefighting activities on fire behavior and post-fire indicators.

    Mr. Canziani has testified as an expert in Fire Cause & Origin. He has investigated over 400 fires, including fire related deaths/ homicides.

  • Education

    Sacramento State University
    Sacramento, California
    Criminal Justice

    Santa Rosa Junior College
    Santa Rosa, California
    Criminal Justice

  • Certifications

    Certified Fire Investigator, International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), Cert#22-061433

    Fire Investigator, National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications Cert#313037

    Advanced and Supervisory Certificates, California Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST), Cert#A34104, #S22227

     California Licensed Private Investigator #26036

    Private Investigators Licensing Board, State of Nevada, #R-063122

    Current Asbestos related worksite certification complete

  • 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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