James (Jimmy) Blando

Fire Consultant / IAAI-CFI, NAFI-CFEI / Honolulu / Los Angeles/Irvine

Background

Mr. Blando received his Associate of Science Degree from Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. In addition, he is a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) with the International Association of Arson Investigators, Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator with the National Association of Fire Investigators, and a Certified Fire Investigator with the National Board of Fire Service Professional Qualifications.

Mr. Blando received his Fire Inspector I, II, and III from the Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute at the University of Maryland. He is a qualified fire inspector in different building platforms, including educational institutions, retail facilities, hotels, and commercial businesses both in new and existing occupancies.

In addition to being a qualified court expert witness during his tenure with the Maui Fire Department, Mr. Blando also served as President for the Hawaii Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, and is still active with the organization.

Over his 25 years as an industry professional, Mr. Blando has performed over 500 fire and explosion investigations involving injuries, fatalities, and fire damages.

Education and Certifications

  • Associate of Science Degree: Chemeketa Community College, Salem Oregon
  • University of Maryland: Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute
  • International Association of Fire Investigators
  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • National Fire Academy