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.


    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


    • 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


    • 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)