Gerard A. Kenny

Fire Consultant / IAAI-CFI, NAFI-CFEI / San Diego

Background

Mr. Kenny is a Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI) with the International Association of Arson Investigators and Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI-CFEI) with the National Association of Fire Investigators.

Mr. Kenny received a National Certificate in Industrial Engineering from Regional Technical College in Galway, Ireland.  Mr. Kenny has personally worked over 1,300 fire and explosion investigations during his career with the Chicago Fire Department, King County Sheriff’s Office and in the private sector. Mr. Kenny has acted as an expert witness and is court qualified. He is licensed as a Private Investigator in CA, OR and WA, and is also certified to work in asbestos contaminated environments.

His forensic experience includes investigations of fire and explosion incidents in industrial, commercial, residential structures, vehicles, heavy machinery, boats/vessels, marinas and wild land.  His areas of expertise include fire scene analysis, evidence, data collection, monitoring of destructive and non-destructive testing, investigative interviews, scene photography, and ICC and NFPA fire code compliance.  

Representative Engagements

Commercial fire/explosion investigation

  • Determination of origin and cause
  • Smoke and fire alarm activation
  • Fire protection system analysis
  • Building utilities documentation

Residential fire/explosion investigation

  • Determination of origin and cause
  • Building utilities documentation
  • Smoke detector activation

Vehicular fire/explosion investigation

  • Determine origin and cause of fires in automobiles, heavy equipment, boats/vessels, busses, motorhomes and tractor/trailers.
  • Determination of origin and cause of fires/explosions in manufacturing/mechanical equipment.
  • Determination of origin and cause of wild land fires.
  • Equipment fire/explosion investigation
  • Wild land fire investigation

Education and Professional Associations

  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)- Certified Fire Investigator 
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) - National Association of Fire Investigators.
  • Special Commission Fire/Arson Investigator King County Sheriff’s Office, Seattle, Washington
  • Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center
  • Illinois State Fire Marshal Fire/Arson Investigator Certification.
  • Emergency Medical Technician-Basic Certification, Chicago, Illinois
  • Firefighter II Certification, Chicago Fire Academy, Chicago, Illinois
  • Regional Technical College, National Certificate in Industrial Engineering, Galway, Ireland
  • Member California Conference of Arson Investigators (CCAI)