Michael Smith, CFI, CFEI, CVFIFire Origin & Cause

    FIELDS OF SPECIALTY: Fire origin and cause investigation, post explosion investigations, fire code investigations, insurance claims, accidental or fraud.

    MAJOR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

    Fire Investigation Division, Trident Engineering Associates, Inc., Annapolis, Maryland. Specializing in fire origin and cause investigations and post blast explosion investigations.

    • Fire Investigator, Trident Engineering (December 2012-Present)
    • Arson Unit reclassified as Arson Team, Detective/Primary Investigator (2011)
    • Detective Criminal Investigative Division-Property Unit & Arson Unit (2005-Present)
    • Detective Criminal Investigative Division-Robbery Squad (2005-Present)
      • Investigate all commercial armed robberies and kidnappings
    • Community Drug Violence Interdiction Team (1996-2003)
      • Investigate street level drug dealers/violent crimes
    • Investigative Services Unit Plain Clothes (1992-1996)
      • Investigating street level criminal complaints
    • Baltimore County Police Department- Patrol (1987-1992)
      • Uniform Patrol/Criminal Investigation

    EDUCATION:

    • Fire Arson Training – A.T.F.
    • Electrical Fire Investigations and Investigative Techniques
    • Advanced Explosive Investigative Techniques – A.T.F.
    • Auto Arson Training, MD/DC Anti-Theft Committee
    • Financial Aspects of Arson Investigations, A.T.F. Forensic Auditors
    • Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction, I.A.A.I. – MFEIA
    • Vehicle Fire, Arson & Explosive Investigation Science & Technology
    • Fire Arson Investigation (National Fire Academy)
    • Hazardous Materials Technician Level – BcoFD
    • Fire Investigation and the Firefighter – BcoFD
    • Fire and Explosive Investigation for the Patrol Officer – BcoFD
    • Critical Thinking and Analysis for Fire Origin Determination
    • Covert Investigator’s Training – BcoFD
    • Fire Investigation and the Firefighter
    • Baltimore County Police Academy, Towson, Maryland
    • Milford Mill Senior High School, Baltimore, Maryland, Graduated Class of 1984

    PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS:

    • Certified Fire Investigator, I.A.A.I.
    • Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator, N.A.F.I.
    • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator N.A.F.I.
    • Maryland Fire Explosive Investigators Association I.A.A.I.-Local (Active)
    • International Association of Arson Investigators (Active)
    • National Association of Fire Investigators (Active)
    • Pikesville Volunteer Fire Department (1984-Current)
    • Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department (2009-Current)