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Ward Willis, IAAI-FIT, CFEI, CVFI

Fire Investigator and Evidence Custodian

Location:

Denver, CO Service Center
3030 S. Tejon St.
Englewood, CO
80110

Telephone

303-762-8487

Mobile

303-241-6729


 

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  • Professional summary

    Mr. Willis started volunteering as a Firefighter in his hometown of Roswell, NM in 2011. He volunteered there until he left to pursue his college degree in 2013. During his time as a volunteer, he trained on and performed structural and wildland fire suppression, HAZMAT operations and emergency medicine. 

    Since 2011 Mr. Willis has had no less than 150 days of on the line wildland fire fighting experience. He has suppressed, monitored and aided in the investigation of fires in wilderness areas, forests, deserts and the wildland urban interface. His experience is spread across 5 seasons and 4 crews including; engine, hand crew and helitack.

    Mr. Willis joined the Army National Guard as an Infantryman in 2014. He served as a Rifleman, Operations Assistant and Machine Gunner in the New Mexico, Kentucky and Colorado National Guard.

    In 2016 Mr. Willis was employed by the Eastern Kentucky University Fire and Safety Laboratory as a laboratory technician. While working for EKU in the Fire and Safety Laboratory Mr. Willis assisted in fire science research, construction of fire science research facilities and equipment, suppression of burn building cells used for training investigations and the facilitation of student learning through labs.

    Mr. Willis became a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator with the National Association of Fire Investigators and graduated EKU with his Bachelor of Science in Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation (Cum Laude) in 2017.   

    In the Summer of 2018, Mr. Willis began working for EFI Global as a Fire and Evidence Technician in the Denver, CO branch. He has taken part in numerous investigations covering multiple disciplines as an assistant and a lead investigator. He also maintains custody of the evidence stored at the Denver evidence storage facility and tracks evidence storage at all of EFI Global’ s remote storage facilities in the Southwest District. In 2018, Mr. Willis was licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration as a drone operator. With this license, he works as one of EFI Global’ s drone pilots.

  • Education

    Bachelor of Science, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, 2017

    Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation, College of Justice and Safety

  • Certifications

    New Mexico Private Investigator, # PIE60281, 2020

    CVFI, NAFI, # 22425-12762v, 2019

    FAA Remote Pilot, # 4193111, 2018

    IAAI-FIT , 2018

    CFEI, NAFI, #22425-12762, 2017                                                                                                 

    Fire Investigator 1, IFSAC, #1929238, 2014

     

  • Disciplines
    • Fire Investigations
    • Fire Investigations - Failure Analysis
    • Fire Investigations - Origin and Cause
    • Fire Investigations - Wildfire
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