W. Andrew (Andy) Asbell

Director, Fire Practice / CFI, CFEI, CVFI / Jackson

Background

Along with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice, Mr. Asbell is a Certified Fire Investigator, a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and a Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator.

He served as a Fire Investigator with the City of Charlotte, NC Fire Department, the City of Norfolk, VA Department of Fire-Rescue, and as a private fire investigator where he investigated and determined the origin and cause of more than 2,000 fires and explosions in industrial facilities, commercial and residential structures, vehicles, agricultural equipment, heavy equipment, wildland, and fire-related injuries/fatalities.

Mr. Asbell has completed numerous educational seminars and continuing education courses in the field of fire investigation and fire code enforcement. He has testified in federal and state courts and been qualified as an expert witness in court proceedings pertaining to fire origin and causation.

Mr. Asbell has coordinated and instructed continuing educational training programs involving the investigation of fires to public fire and police officials, insurance adjusters and investigators, and attorneys. His teachings include live-fire training involving structures, vehicles, and products.

In addition to his fire investigation experience, Mr. Asbell served as a firefighter, law enforcement officer, emergency medical technician, and as a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic for over 18 years.

Currently, Mr. Asbell oversees the fire investigation efforts, which include training, hiring, mentoring, and supervising the Fire Practice Group within Rimkus. Mr. Asbell is an active member of the Mississippi Fire Investigator’s Association and currently serves as the Central Vice-President.

Education and Certifications

• Criminal Justice, B.S.: East Carolina University
• Graduate Degree Studies in Human Resource Management: University of Richmond
• Certified Fire Investigator: International Association of Arson Investigators, Certificate # 24-031507
• Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator: National Association of Fire Investigators
• Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator: National Association of Fire Investigators