John A. Hanson

Fire Consultant / NAFI-CFEI / San Diego

Background

With 10 years of fire investigation experience and 35 years of law enforcement experience, Mr. Hanson 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 County of Los Angeles Fire/Sheriff’s Departments.

Mr. Hanson has investigated over 1,000 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 task force in California and also examined bombing incidents throughout southern California. Because of his past professional experience as a detective and detective sergeant, 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

• Master of Science: California State University Long Beach
• Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator: National Association of Fire Investigators
• Certified Arson/Explosive Investigator: Los Angeles County Sheriff's /Fire Department
• Certified Hazardous Materials Technician: (FEMA)
• Certified Hazardous Device Technician: (FBI/US ARMY)