Jonathan K. Sivils

Fire Division Manager, Western Region / IAAI-CFI, NAFI-CFEI, IAAI-FIT / Las Vegas

Background

A graduate of Americus University with an A.A.S. degree in Fire Protection Technology, Mr. Sivils is a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI-V) with the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) as well as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) and a Fire Investigation Technician (FIT) with the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI).

In a career spanning more than 25 years in the fire service, Mr. Sivils has investigated and determined the origin and cause of more than 3,000 fires involving commercial and residential structures, vehicles, marine vessels, and heavy equipment. His representative forensic engagements primarily consist of single- and multi-family residential fires; large-loss fires and explosions in commercial and residential structures; multi-unit residential fires; passenger vehicle fires; heavy equipment fires (including trucks, buses, heavy construction machinery, and agricultural equipment); and marine equipment and boats. He is also responsible for the determination of code compliance in various situations as well as investigating arson fires and collecting fire evidence.

Mr. Sivils has completed and instructed numerous educational seminars and continuing education courses in the field of fire investigation and evidence collection. He has had extensive training in fire and criminal investigations and is a court-qualified expert witness in both criminal and civil proceedings.

He has also been a member of several professional organizations, including: IAAI; NAFI; National Fire Protection Association; Bucks County Fire Chiefs and Firefighters Association; Bucks County Fire Marshal Association; and Pennsylvania Association of Arson Investigators.

Education and Certifications

  • Fire Protection Technology, A.A.S.: Americus University
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI): National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
  • Certified Fire Investigator (CFI): International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
  • Fire Investigation Technician: IAAI-FIT