John A. Hanson

Fire Consultant / NAFI-CFEI / San Diego


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)