Todd A. Spear

Fire Consultant / IAAI, CFI, NBFSPQ-CFI, MIAAI, NAFI-CVFI / Tampa


Mr. Spear is a fire investigator and expert witness, with extensive experience in fire and explosion investigation, fire inspection, fire code compliance and interpretation, report writing, and courtroom testimony.  His expertise covers over 40 years, with 34 years in public sector fire service and six years as a private fire investigator. He has investigated more than 1,450 fires. He has investigated fires in single and multi-family residential structures, commercial and industrial properties, vehicles and heavy equipment.  He has investigated large loss and fatality fires, and has been responsible for complex joint exams. He has testified in State and Federal Courts, for criminal and civil cases.

In his fire service experience, he served as the Fire Marshal for the City of Tampa, and was a Division Chief with Tampa Fire Rescue for 13 years.

Representative Engagements

·         Commercial and Residential Fire Investigations

·         Vehicle Fire Investigations

·         Heavy Equipment Fire Investigations 

·         Industrial Fires  

·         Fire Explosion Investigator

·         Codes and Standards

·         Appliance Fires 

Education and Registrations

  • B.A Mass Communications (Public Relations), Minor in Anthropology (Archaeology) University of South Florida, 1980
  • Certified Fire Investigator, International Association of Arson Investigators, 2012
  • National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) Certified Fire Investigator, 2012
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, National Association of Fire Investigation International, 2016
  • Florida Private Investigator, 2011
  • Firefighter, 1978-2016
  • Fire Inspector, 1983
  • Fire Service Instructor III, 2009
  • Emergency Medical Technician, 1976-2014
  • Law Enforcement Officer, 1987-2009
  • Member of: International Association of Arson Investigators, National and Florida Chapter
  • Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention, Rewards Committee member
  • International Association of Fire Chiefs
  • Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association
  • National Fire Protection Association, 2005-2016 International Fire Marshals Association, 2005-2016