Michael Hollywood

Fire Consultant / IAAI-CFI, NAFI-CFEI, CFIT / Philadelphia


A graduate of Neumann University with a Master’s degree in Organizational and Strategic Leadership, Mr. Michael Hollywood is a certified fire investigator. His professional career has spanned 30 years as a Fire Investigator, Assistant Fire Marshal, Fire Officer, Fire Instructor, and Firefighter/EMT. He has investigated and determined the origin and cause of over 1,000 dwelling fires, multi-alarm fires, and auto fires, many of which resulted in million-dollar losses. He has investigated 10 fatal fires, 4 with multiple fatalities and serious bodily injuries as well as assisted other investigators with multiple fatalities and losses.

Mr. Hollywood’s forensic expertise extends to commercial and residential fire investigations, vehicular fire investigations, and marine fire investigations. His professional experience includes work as a fire officer, instructor, fire investigator, and inspector for the Philadelphia Fire Department.

Mr. Hollywood is a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) with the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI). He possesses wide-ranging knowledge of fire investigations due to his experiences as a Firefighter, Officer, and Assistant Fire Marshal with the Philadelphia Fire Department. Mr. Hollywood is also a court-certified expert in the field of fire origin and cause determination in federal courts.

Education and Certifications

• MS in Organizational Safety and Leadership: Neumann University
• BS in Public Safety: Neumann University
• AS in Fire Science: Keiser University
• Reid and Associates: Advanced Interview and Interrogation
• CFI Trainer.net
• HAZMAT TECHNICIAN, February 2019
• CFI, June 2017
• CFEI, August 2016
• IAAI-FIT, April 2015
• Two Heroism Awards, Philadelphia Fire Department
• One Merit Awards, Philadelphia Fire Department
• Numerous Unit Citations
• T. Seldon Duke Award Provided through City of Philadelphia
• Pro Board and IFSAC Certified:
• Fire Officer 1 and 2
• Fire Inspector 1 and 2
• Firefighter 1 and 2
• Fire Instructor 1
• Incident Safety Officer
• Hazardous Materials Awareness
• Hazardous Materials Operations
• Hazardous Materials Technician