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Richard G. Barber, IAAI-CFI

Senior Fire Investigator


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






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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Barber has 39 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.

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Ohio Fire Code
    • Fatal Fire Investigations
    • Fireworks Incident Investigation
    • Structural Collapse, Trench Collapse
    • Juvenile Fire Setter Program
    • Aircraft Avionics and RADAR systems
    • Fire Stopping Regulations and Installation Procedures
    • Agricultural Machinery
    • Residential Electrical Failures and Fires

  • Education

    Cuyahoga Community College, Fire Science

    University of Maryland, Emergency Management. Bachelor course work.

    University of Pittsburgh, Emergency Medicine



  • Certifications

    Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI, # 01-060277

    Licensed Private Investigator, Ohio # 2018110246957

    Licensed Private Investigator, Pennsylvania

    Ohio Fire Inspector, FF II, Fire Instructor, EMT, 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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