Dean B. Hunt

Fire Consultant / NAFI – CFEI / Salt Lake City


Mr. Hunt is a graduate from Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety and Emergency Management. His experience and knowledge covers over 30 years in the fire service with the last 19 years working as a full time Fire Investigator and Fire Marshal. He is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (C.F.E.I.) through the National Association of Fire Investigators as well as a Certified Fire Inspector II with the International Code Council (ICC). Mr. Hunt is experienced in the interpretation and enforcement of the International Building Code and the International Fire Code as it relates to fire, life safety and egress in existing buildings and new construction as well as with fire protection systems.

In addition to over 600 fire investigations, Mr. Hunt has conducted over 200 live fire training tests utilizing modern furnishings and materials. These tests were conducted for the purpose of studying the effects of varying structural and atmospheric conditions as well as the effects of fire protection systems.  This has helped him to gain a better understanding of how these varying conditions affect the growth and progression of fire as well as the patterns that are left behind after a fire has been extinguished. 

Mr. Hunt has extensive experience in public speaking as well as presenting at both national and local conferences including the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conferences and Vision 20/20 Symposium of Model Programs of Fire Prevention. He has also been recognized for his Fire Prevention Programs in National Fire Academy publications and courses as a ’model program’ in Fire Prevention.

Mr. Hunt has been involved in photography both as a hobby and professionally for 40+ years. This experience has given him experience with both modern and past photography equipment and techniques.

Representative Engagements

  • Residential fire investigation
    • Origin and cause determination
    • Smoke detector performance
  • Commercial fire investigation 
    • Determination of origin and cause
    • Fire protection system analysis
    • Vent and exhaust systems
    • Smoke and fire alarms
  • Explosion investigations
    • Origin and cause determination
  • Vehicular fire investigation 
    • Origin and cause determination
    • Recreational vehicle fire investigation
    • Tractor trailer fire investigation
    • Heavy equipment fire investigation
  • Wildland fire investigations
    • Origin and cause determination
    • Building, Fire and Wildland Urban Interface Code compliance analysis


Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Safety and Emergency Management


Licensed Private Investigator (Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Oregon)

CFEI, National Association of Fire Investigators