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Michael Wurtz, IAAI-CFI

Senior Fire Investigator/ Evidence Collection Technician






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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Wurtz has personally investigated, and assisted in excess of 700 fire / explosion investigations including multi-agency operations involving municipal, county, state levels. He assisted in the organizational development of MABAS Division 20 Fire Investigation Unit. Mr. Wurtz is a facilitator/instructor for the University of Illinois-Champaign, Illinois Fire Service Institute instructing in all phases in the field of fire investigation, education and certification of novice investigators.

  • Education

    Triton Community College
    River Grove, IL
    Fire Service Technology
    1976 - 1977
    1988 - 1991

  • Certifications

    State of Wisconsin Private Detective
    Credential No.: 11647-63
    International Association of Arson Investigators &
    National Board Fire Service Professional Qualifications
    Certified Fire Investigator NFPA 1033
    Pro Board Certificate #297104
    North East Multi-Regional Training Center
    Basic Evidence Technician
    September 2005
    International Association of Arson Investigators
    Certified Fire Investigator
    September 2005, Certificate No. 12-165
    National Association of Fire Investigators
    Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator- July 1998
    Certified Fire & Explosion Instructor- July 1998
    Certification No. 6208-1973i
    United States Fire Administration, National Fire Academy
    Certified Fire Investigator II
    April 1993
    Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall
    Illinois Fire Service Institute
    Certified Fire Investigator I
    June 1991

  • 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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