James R. Reyes

Fire Consultant / NAAI-CFEI / San Diego


Mr. Reyes is a Certified Fire and Explosion Expert with the National Association of Fire Investigators and a qualified expert witness who also has 30 years of experience in the Fire Service, achieving the highest rank of Fire Chief. With over 17 years of experience as an Arson Investigator in the fire department, he is beginning his third year as a private-sector fire investigator. Mr. Reyes has determined the origin and cause for incidents involving residential structures, garage fires, multi-unit apartment complexes, commercial buildings, vehicle fires, and wildland fires. Other investigations have included automotive, maritime, mechanical, aircraft, and wild land.

Investigations and consultations, conservatively estimated at over 400, have been performed on fire and explosion incidents involving injuries, fatalities, and damages totaling in the multi-million dollar range.

Education and Certifications

• General Education coursework, University of California, Berkeley
• General education coursework, California State University, Long Beach
• Paramedic Program, Crafton Hills College
• Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, National Association of Arson Investigators
• California State Firefighter 1
• California State Firefighter 2
• California State Fire Officer
• California State Fire Chief Officer course completion
• California State Fire Investigation 1A
• California State Fire Investigation 1B
• California State Fire Investigation 2A
• California State Fire Investigation 2B