John L. Carlson

Fire Consultant / IAAI-CFI, NAFI-CFEI / Boston


Mr. Carlson is currently a certified fire investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators, a certified fire and explosive investigator through the National Association of Fire investigators, a certified firefighter I and II, Lieutenant, fire inspector, and adjunct instructor.

Mr. Carlson served as a fire investigator with the Worcester Fire Department, where he investigated and conducted origin and cause investigations at more than 830 fires in residential, multifamily, commercial buildings, vehicles, machinery, as well as fatal and line-of-duty deaths. He has testified in court proceedings involving the investigation of fires and explosions. He has completed numerous educational seminars as well as participating in multijurisdictional training events, and continuing education in his field of fire investigations, explosives, and expert testimony. His duties as a senior lieutenant with the Worcester fire department fire prevention division included overseeing and reviewing all fire investigation reports and supervising all fire investigators and fire prevention code inspectors. Mr. Carlson’s considerable experience with the municipal fire service (34 plus years) includes but is not limited to Lieutenant, firefighter, fire alarm operator, engine, and aerial operations. He has been in command of a staff of 16 fire prevention/fire investigative personnel as well as engine and aerial trucks. He has accumulated knowledge of NFPA building codes and fire prevention regulations. Mr. Carlson has worked in the building trades for numerous years, giving him a strong working knowledge of building construction, electrical theory and practices, as well as plumbing practices.

Education and Certifications

• Quinsigamond Community College, 36 Credits towards Fire Science Associates degree
• Worcester Vocational Technical High School Graduate - Major course study: Electrical theory, Residential/commercial wiring
• Certified Fire Investigator – International Association of Fire Investigators
• Certified Fire and explosives Investigator – National Association of Fire Investigators
• 32 Credits toward a Fire Science degree
• National Fire Academy