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Tim Palmer, IAAI-CFI (V), ECT, CFEI

Fire & Explosion Investigator


Washington D.C. Service Center
4515 Daly Drive, Ste. M



Telephone 2





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  • Education

    Mr. Palmer has over 30 years of combined experience in firefighting, emergency medical, and law enforcement in Fairfax County, Virginia. Mr. Palmer graduated from the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Training Academy in October 1993 and worked in the Operations Bureau until 2013. Mr. Palmer was assigned to the Fire Investigations Section in 2013 and graduated from the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy in May 2014 until his retirement in 2023 at the rank of Captain. Mr. Palmer was responsible for investigating all types of fires including but not limited to vehicle fires, construction equipment fires, and both residential and commercial structure fires. Mr. Palmer has investigated over four hundred fires, working with numerous local and federal law enforcement agencies, the Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, and the U.S District Attorney’s Office during his investigations. Mr. Palmer is a Certified Fire Investigator with an endorsement in Vehicle Fire Investigations and an Evidence Collection Technician through the International Association of Arson Investigators. He is also a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators.

    Areas of Expertise include:

    • Residential & commercial structure fires and explosions
    • Vehicle fires
    • Arson Investigations
  • Certifications

    Certified Fire Investigator, International Association of Arson Investigators, Cert. #11-091258, 9/12/2019
    Certified Fire Investigator -Vehicle Fire Endorsement, International Association of Arson Investigators, 11/14/2022
    Evidence Collection Technician, International Association of Arson Investigators, Cert. # 448, 4/25/2017
    Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, National Association of Fire Investigators, Cert.#22586-13364
    Fire Investigator, National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications, Cert.# 8-EZ2-58115003-917913, 9/12/2014

  • 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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