Jimmie L. McCants II

Fire Consultants / P.I., CFEI / San Francisco/Concord


With 22 years of fire investigation experience and 26 years of law enforcement experience, Mr. McCants is uniquely qualified to work the most complex fire losses. He is a certified fire and explosion investigator (CFEI) through the National Association of Fire Investigators as well as a certified arson/explosive investigator through the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations. He is also a licensed private investigator in the state of California.

Mr. McCants has investigated over 3,000 fires during his career, including numerous high-profile fires and several fatal fires. He served as a lead investigator for a multi-county fire investigation unit in California and also examined bombing incidents throughout northern California. Because of his past professional experience as a detective, he is well-versed in taking statements, collecting and preserving evidence, and identifying the warning signs of arson and possible insurance fraud.

On-scene experiences with structural fires and explosions for various types of occupancies have provided him with a working knowledge of building construction, fire behavior, and post-investigation techniques for analyzing damages and fire cause and origin. His experience extends to residential, commercial, marine, automobile, and heavy equipment investigations.

Education and Certifications

• Associate of Science: Solano Community College
• Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator: National Association of Fire Investigators
• Certified Arson/Explosive Investigator: Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations
• Licensed Private Investigator: California (and able to work in Oregon)