Scott M. Howell

Principal Consultant / CFEI, CFI, PE / Chicago/Willowbrook


Along with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an A.A. in Fire Science, Mr. Howell is an IAAI Certified Fire Investigator, Illinois State Certified Fire Investigator, Firefighter, Fire Officer and Paramedic. He has an extensive professional background in the areas of firefighting, fire investigation and gas and propane fired appliance failure evaluation. His professional experience includes fire and explosion investigation, electric fire ignition experimentation, product testing for ignition hazards, fuel gas leaks and ignitions, full scale fire testing of ignition scenarios, fire protection and detections system performance analysis, as well as commercial kitchen hood and duct evaluations.

Mr. Howell has conducted over 100 room size fires as training aides for firefighters and fire investigators using authentic room furnishings. Many ignition scenarios were utilized from flammable liquids to small explosive devices on ordinary combustibles. As a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Major Fire Investigation Team, he has investigated major fires throughout the country publishing reports for use by fire departments nationally. He was a wildlands firefighter with the California Division of Forestry. As a fire investigator he routinely examined fire and explosions scenes to determine the origin and cause of the event. Criminal investigations were conducted and presented for prosecution.

Education and Certifications

  • Fire Science, A.S.: College of DuPage
  • Mechanical Engineering, B.S.: Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Registered Professional Engineer: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin