William A. Asbell

District Manager / IAAI-CFI, CFEI, CVFI / Jackson

Background

Mr. Asbell’s professional career has spanned over eighteen years as a fire investigator, law enforcement officer, and firefighter/paramedic. He served as a fire investigator with the City of Charlotte, North Carolina Fire Department, the City of Norfolk, Virginia Department of Fire-Rescue, and as a private fire investigator where he investigated and determined the origin and cause of more than 800 fires and explosions to include commercial structures, residential structures, passenger vehicles, heavy equipment, and fatalities. Mr. Asbell has completed numerous educational seminars and continuing education courses in the field of fire investigation and fire code enforcement. Mr. Asbell has testified 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. This includes live fire training involving structures and vehicles.

Representative Engagements

Commercial fire investigations

  • origin and cause determination
  • fire protection system analysis
  • ventilation and exhaust systems
  • fire code interpretation and analysis
  • fire fatality and burn victim investigation

Residential fire investigations

  • origin and cause determination
  • fire protection systems analysis
  • fire fatality and burn victim investigation

Post blast investigations

  • origin and cause determination

Vehicular fire investigations

  • origin and cause determination
  • passenger vehicles
  • heavy equipment and off-road vehicles
  • large commercial vehicles and recreational vehicles

Marine fire investigation

  • origin and cause determination

Education

  • Graduate Studies in Human Resources Management, University of Richmond
  • B.S., Criminal Justice, East Carolina University
  • Certified Fire Investigator by the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator by the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator by the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)