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Richard G. Barber, IAAI-CFI

Sr. Fire Investigator


Columbus, OH Service Center
4700 Northwest Parkway
Suite 230
Hilliard, Ohio





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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Barber has 35 years’ experience in the fire service and fire investigation field. Mr. Barber’s career began as a firefighter/EMT and progressed through the ranks to Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshal. He was an investigator and founding member of a large regional fire investigation task force whose members included ATF and Ohio State Fire Marshal deputies. As a Fire Marshal, Mr. Barber performed plan review, fire protection system acceptance inspections and fire code enforcement. He was responsible for all permitting of the City fireworks displays. Mr. Barber has numerous years of experience as a structural collapse and technical rescue technician. Mr. Barber is a IAAI-CFI and has a background in aftermarket two-way radio and emergency equipment installation.

    • Ohio Fire Code
    • Fatal Fire Investigations
    • Fireworks Incident Investigation
    • Structural Collapse, Trench Collapse
    • Juvenile Fire Setter Program
  • Education

    Cuyahoga Community College, Fire Science

    University of Maryland, Emergency Management. Bachelor course work.

    University of Pittsburgh, Emergency Medicine

    Specialized Education: Last 10 years

    • Juvenile Firesetters, OFA 2008
    • Real World Fire Investigations, CCC 2008
    • Fire Officer 4, Alabama Fire College, 2010
    • 32 Hours minimum Fire Inspector Continuing Education each year
    • Witness Testimony Class, IAAI 2013
    • IAAI International Training Conference , Las Vegas 2014
    • Fatal Forensic Fire Investigations, Dr. Pope CCC  2014
    • Petroleum Storage Tank Operator Class A Inspector 2014
    • Fire Investigations for the Experienced Investigator, Ashland Ohio  2015
    • Ohio Fire Investigators Update, OFA  2016
    • Electrical Investigations and the Investigator, R. Dolence 2016
    • Fireplace and Heater Investigations, G. Bures 2017
    • IAAI CFI Trainer. Modules 2002-2018


  • Certifications

    Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI, # 01-060277

    Licensed Private Investigator, Ohio # 2018110246957

    Ohio Fire Inspector, FF II, Fire Instructor, Paramedic, Hazardous Materials Operations

  • 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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