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Senior Fire Investigator


Chicago Service Center (EFI Global)
2055 W. Army Trail Road, #108





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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Steker has over 25 years’ experience in firefighting, code inspections and fire/explosion investigations. For the last 21 years he has assisted or led in over 3000 fire/explosion investigations. As a lead investigator he has investigated residential, commercial and industrial structures, and has investigated numerous motor vehicles. Mr. Steker is also a fire investigation certified instructor. He has also interacted with local, state and federal agencies which include Chicago Fire Department Office of Fire Investigations (OFI), The Illinois State Fire Marshal – Arson Division, and The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (BATF). Prior to becoming a fire investigator Mr. Steker has extensive experience in firefighting, building construction and code enforcement. He also has knowledge with insurance policies and identification of potential subrogation. Mr. Steker is also an elected trustee for the Village of Westchester serving in his third term.

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Fire Origin and Cause Determination
    • Explosion Origin and Cause Determination
    • Motor Vehicle Origin and Cause Determination
    • NFPA 1033 Compliant

  • Education

    Bachelor of Science, Fire Service Management, Southern Illinois University, 2004

  • Certifications

    IAAI-CFI, #12-184
    CFEI, NAFI, #8015-4276
    Fire and Arson Investigator, IL
    Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist, IL
    Fire Inspector, NFPA Fire Inspector I, IL
    Evidence Technician, IL
    Hazardous Materials Technician, IL

  • 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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