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Virginia Chapman, , IAAI-CFI, IAAI-CI, CFEI NAFI, CVFI NAFI, IFSAC-CFI, ICC Fire Inspector II

Senior Fire Investigator


Seattle, WA Service Center
9316 Lakeview Avenue, Bldg. 21-C
PO Box 98887
Lakewood, WA






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  • Professional summary

    Ms. Chapman has more than 20 years of experience in the fire service, fire investigation, fire inspection, fire safety education and related fields. She has extensive experience in origin and cause, scene analysis, report writing, evidence collection, site diagramming, field testing, photography and multi agency coordination. She has investigated nearly 500 fires as a public and private fire investigator. Ms. Chapman is a certified Fire Inspector with expertise in code compliance, fire protection systems and code education.

    Areas of Expertise:

    • Fire Origin and Cause
    • Vehicle Origin and Cause
    • Complex Scene Analysis
    • Coordination and management of multi-agency large loss incidents
    • Fire Code Compliance
    • Fire Protection Systems
  • Education

    Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 1990

  • Certifications

    Certified Fire Investigator, International Association of Arson Investigators, 21-112339

    Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, National Association of Fire Investigators, 21069-12993v

    Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, National Association of Fire Investigators, 21069-12993v

    Certified Fire Investigator, State of Washington, Washington State Patrol

    Licensed Unarmed Private Investigator, State of Washington, 4247

    Licensed Private Investigator, State of Oregon, 75454

    Fire Inspector II, International Code Council 5245256

  • 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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