Todd A. Spear

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


Mr. Spear holds a B.A. in Mass Communications and is a Certified Fire Investigator, Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator and Florida Private Investigator among other fire related certifications.

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.

He has 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 eight years as a private fire investigator. In that time, he has investigated more than 1,450 fires in a variety of single and multi-family residential structures, commercial and industrial properties as well as 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 and has been deposed as an expert witness.

Education and Certifications

  • Mass Communications (Public Relations), Minor in Anthropology (Archaeology), B.A.: University of South Florida
  • Certified Fire Investigator: International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Certified Fire Investigator: National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board)
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator: National Association of Fire Investigation International, 2016