Thomas W. Young

Vice President, Fire Practice / C.F.I. / Tampa / Jacksonville / Orlando


Mr. Young has completed and maintains state national and international certifications as Fire Investigator, Fire Investigator Instructor, Fire Inspector, Fire Officer, and Basic Fire Instructor. He has also authored fire safety articles in fire engineering publications, as well as firehouse and local municipality newsletters. He participates in, designs, and instructs educational seminars and continuing educational courses. He has conducted Live Burn Testing to include appliances, vehicles, and closed room fire tests and studies.

Mr. Young’s professional career includes 27 years with St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue. In that capacity, he has been involved in many different emergency service positions including Fire Fighter, Driver Engineer, Station/Line Officer, Public Information Officer, Community Affairs Director, Deputy Fire Marshal and Fire Investigations Task Force Supervisor. As a Florida State Certified Fire Inspector, he oversaw code compliance, crowd management, fire safety analysis, special events, safety management, commercial and industrial fire emergency operations and reviewing fire contingency plans. Mr. Young supervised the origin and cause efforts for the St. Petersburg Fire and Rescue for over 10 years. He has testified as an expert witness in court cases and has testified before a Grand Jury. He has also been involved in special projects such as juvenile fire setters, an educational intervention program that through a committee based approached he was instrumental in developing. He has served as the department’s shipboard firefighting Instructor. He has a strong marine, automobile and heavy equipment investigative background. Mr. Young has been recognized for his achievements by being the recipient of awards that include, Fire Officer of the Year, and The State of Florida’s, Florida Fire Marshals Public Educator of the Year.

Education and Certification

  • Fire Science: A.S.: St Petersburg College
  • Certified Fire Investigator: International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Auto Endorsement (V): International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator: National Association of Fire Investigators
  • Certified Fire Safety Inspector: Florida
  • Certified Fire Officer: Florida
  • Nationally Certified Fire Investigator Instructor
  • Certified Fire Investigator Instructor: National Association of Fire Investigators
  • Certified Fire Service Instructor: Florida •
  • Automobile endorsement certification (V): International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Automotive Repair Technician Certification: Penn Foster College Fall
  • Forensic X-Ray Equipment Certified and Equipment Safety Manager: Golden Engineering
  • Licensed Private Investigator: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Tennessee