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Senior Fire Investigator


Los Angeles Service Center
317 S. Isis Avenue, Suite 207






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  • Professional summary

    Wendell has over 31 years of experience in public safety serving as a firefighter paramedic, fire captain, and battalion chief. With over 19 years of experience investigating fires, Wendell has personally conducted over 800 fire investigations involving residential, commercial, wildland, vehicles, and human fatalities. As a Chief Officer in the fire service, he was responsible for the development of a 13-city regional fire investigation task force and served as the task force coordinator, where he participated and supervised investigations involving large losses, serial arson, and homicides. His experience as a Deputy Fire Marshal has provided him with a solid ability to understand and interpret the fire code, as his duties included the management of a fire prevention bureau. His experience extends beyond the public sector, where he has worked for four years as the lead fire investigator for a private forensic firm concurrently with his public service. Wendell has testified as an expert witness 27 times in the Superior Court of California for fire origin and cause in both criminal and civil cases.

  • Education

    Associate of Science Fire Science, Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, AL 2017

  • Certifications

    California Licensed Private Investigator (CA#189225) 2021
    Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) International Association of Arson Investigators 2017
    Wildland Fire O&C Determination (FI-210) National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) 2013
    Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI) National Association of Fire Investigators 2013
    Certified Fire Investigator Level II, California State Fire Marshal 2013
    Certified Fire Investigator Level I, California State Fire Marshal 2012
    Post Blast Investigator School, FBI Los Angeles, CA 2012
    Certified Fire and Explosive Investigator (CFEI) National Association of Fire Investigators 2011

  • Disciplines
    • Fire Investigations
    • Fire Investigations - Failure Analysis
    • Fire Investigations - Incendiarism
    • Fire Investigations - Liability
    • Fire Investigations - Origin and Cause
    • Fire Investigations - Subrogation
    • Fire Investigations - Wildfire
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