Michael J. Gavin

Fire Consultant / London / Bristol

Background

Mr. Gavin’s professional career includes 26 years of service with the London Brigade, including 15 years of operational service at fire stations up to Watch Commander level and as a specialist Fire Investigation Officer.

Mr. Gavin has investigated the origin and cause of fires within the Fire and Rescue Service for over 8 years. His role involved responsibility for determining the origin and cause of fire and explosions, the assessment and evaluation of onsite conditions, identifying and collecting physical evidence, and preparing and presenting oral and written reports.

Mr. Gavin is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), the United Kingdom Association of Fire Investigators (UK-AFI), and the Institute of Fire Engineers at Associate grade (AIFireE). He holds professional membership of Chartered Society of Forensic Scientists and currently a candidate in their Chartered Practitioner Program.

Education and Certifications

• Fire service national promotion examinations including Station Officer’s Examinations
• In addition to in house training (2 weeks) Mr. Gavin completed the Gardner’s practical Fire and Explosion course
• Completed an evidence-based development program for Fire Investigation, signed as competent
• Attended the DeHaan’s advanced fire and explosion course
• Passed the Level 4 papers qualifying for Membership of the Institute of Fire Engineers
• Passed assessed Level 5 Expert witness program provided by Bond Solon under Cardiff University
• University of Central Lancashire, taught masters’ degree in Fire investigation graduating with distinction