Van D. Tuley

Fire Consultant / IAAI-CFI, P.I. / Charlotte / Charleston


Mr. Tuley attended the University of Evansville, where he earned his M.S. degree in Criminal Justice and his B.S. degree in Law Enforcement. Mr. Tuley has over 30 years of combined investigative experience as a police officer and detective for the Police Department in Portage, IN, and as a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He is a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and a licensed private investigator in multiple states. In addition, he has testified as an expert witness in both federal and state court proceedings as well as depositions involving the investigation of fires.

As a forensic consultant, Mr. Tuley specializes in the determination of the origin and cause of fires and explosions involving residential and commercial structures, as well as cases involving motor vehicles and other conveyances. He also is responsible for coordinating logistics during multi-party examinations for large-loss investigations.

Prior to joining Rimkus, he worked with the ATF for over 24 years. During the last 15 years of his tenure he responded to approximately 500 fire scenes as an ATF-CFI, including residential and commercial structures. He was also a member of the ATF’s National Response Team for approximately 16 years, responding to major fire and explosion losses throughout the U.S as a Certified Explosives Specialist.

Throughout his career, Mr. Tuley has coordinated and instructed continuing education training seminars in fire investigation for state and local fire investigators and law enforcement personnel tasked with the investigation of fire and explosion incidents. To stay up-to-date on the latest developments in his fields of expertise, he is an active member of IAAI (the national organization as well as the North Carolina and South Carolina chapters).

Education and Certification

• Law Enforcement, B.S.: University of Evansville
• Criminal Justice, M.S.: University of Evansville
• Certified Explosives Specialist: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
• Certified Fire Investigator: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF)
• Certified Fire Investigator: International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
• Licensed Private Investigator: Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina