FIRE AND ARSON EXPERT QUALIFICATION


PATRICK A. ANDLER


INTRODUCTION

Patrick A. Andler has over 30 years experience specialized in fire cause investigation and consultation. Mr. Andler has investigated and determined the origin and cause of over four thousand fires, including commercial structure, high-rise building, residential homes, recreational vehicles, automobiles, commercial trucks, aviation and marine losses.

FIRE/ARSON EDUCATION

Mr. Andler has over 650 hours of classroom and practical instruction in fire and arson. Classes have included fire science, fire behavior, fire technology, fire chemistry, hazardous materials, hazardous environment, flammable liquids, explosions, determining the origin and cause of fire, electrical fires and arson investigation. These are to mention only some of the areas in which formal training has been received.

EDUCATION

Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science degree, Justice Studies. 1988.

  • National Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire Investigation Instructor.
  • National Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator 4244-0835.
  • National Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator.
  • International Association of Arson Investigators, Certified Fire Investigator, Certificate number 28-029.
  • Public Agency Training Council, Fire Pattern Certificate, 20 hours, October 27 – 29, 2008.
  • Since 2002, Andler & Associates has hosted a fire investigation seminar annually. Well over 1000 students have attended including law enforcement, fire investigators, attorneys and claim adjusters. Location: Maricopa, Arizona.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Arson Investigation text book authored by Patrick A. Andler, publisher Flame Publications, November 2009.
  • Author and publish newsletter (RISK) since 1996.
  • Arizona Republic Newspaper on Andler & Associates forensic fire laboratory facility dated September 20, 2004.
  • Arizona Business Gazette article on Andler & Associates

Dave Smith


Introduction

Dave Smith specializes in fire cause investigations. Dave has been involved in the investigation of over 1500 fires including motor vehicles, recreational vehicles, residential and commercial structures and agricultural losses to include large horse barns and hay storage facilities.

Fire/Arson Education

Dave has over 800 hours of classroom and practical instruction in fire and arson. Dave also has over 1,000 hours of training specifically related to investigative practices through his time with the Phoenix Police Department. Classes have included but not limited to; Fire and Explosion investigations, vehicle fire investigations, electrical fire investigation, fire pattern identification and recognition, fire science, chemistry and physics of fire, computer fire modeling, explosives identification and scene analysis and arson investigation. These are only some of the many areas where formal training has been received.

Education

  • Glendale Community College; Criminal Justice studies
  • Wayland University; Criminal Justice and related studies
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Certified Fire Investigator CFI
  • National Association of Fire Investigators; Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, CFEI
  • National Association of Fire Investigators; Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, CVFI
  • International Association of Auto Theft Investigators Association; Certified Vehicle Theft Investigator, CVTI
  • AZPOST, Arizona Police Officer Standards Training; Certified Instructor

Publications

  • RISK Newsletter; Several publications including articles on cause and origin investigations and vehicle fire investigations.
  • Vehicle Theft Investigation Handbook; Published by the City of Phoenix Police Department, contributing author.

Seminars and Special Courses

  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) International Training Conference 32 Tested hours of training April 10th through April 14th 2017. Las Vegas, Nevada
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "DNA" on line class 3 hours April 7th 2017
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "The Impact of Ventilation in Building Structures on Fire Development" on line class 4 hours January 7th 2017
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "Introduction to Fire Dynamics and Modeling" on line class 4 hours October 4th 2016
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "Introduction to Evidence" on line class 4 hours August 14th 2016
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "Electrical Safety" on line class 3 hours August 14th 2016
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "Basic Electricity" on line class 4 hours August 14th 2016
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "The Practical Application of the Relationship Between NFPA 1033 and NFPA 921" on line class 2 hours August 14th 2016
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "Critical thinking solves cases" on line class 4 hours August 12th 2016
  • NAFI (National Association of Fire Investigators) NFPA 921 & NFPA 1033 "Putting it Together" seminar July 18th thru 21st 2016 32 hours & NAFI "Certified Fire Investigation Instructor" class July 22nd 2016 8 hours (Certification class) CFII The above seminar included courses in the following; Fire investigation methodology, photography, documentation, explosion dynamics, fire dynamics and pattern development, arson investigation, interview techniques, fire protection systems, fire related deaths, fire pattern analysis, hazardous materials, and computer fire modeling.
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "NFPA 1033 and your career" on line class 2 hours February 21st 2016
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "Effective Fire Investigation and Testimony" on line class 3 hours February 19th 2016
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "Process of Elimination" on line class 3 hours February 15th 2016
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "Ethics and the Fire Investigator" on line class 3 hours February 9th 2016
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "Documenting the Event" on line class 4 hours January 21st 2014
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "Writing the initial Origin and Cause report" on line class 3 hours January 19th 2014
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "Explosion Dynamics" on line class 4 hours January 17th 2014
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "Investigating Motor Vehicle Fires" on line class 4 hours January 16th 2014
  • Public Agency Training Council, Fire and Arson Investigations 35 hours December 2013
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "Arc Mapping Basics" on line class 4 hours November 12th 2013
  • Fire investigation seminar: Andler & Associates Forensic fire laboratory in Maricopa, AZ. March 2012 Instructor/Presenter
  • Fire investigation seminar: Andler & Associates Forensic fire laboratory in Maricopa, AZ. May 2010 & May 2011 Instructor/Presenter
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "Fire and Explosion Investigations Utilizing NFPA 1033 & 921" on line class 4 hours July 19th 2009
  • IAAI (International Association of Arson Investigators) "The Scientific Method for Fire and Explosion Investigation" on line class 3 hours July 18th 2009
  • Fire Investigation Seminar; Andler & Associates Forensic Fire Laboratory in Maricopa, AZ. March 13th 2009- Instructor/Presenter
  • Public Agency Training Council, Fire Pattern Certification, 22 hours, October 2008
  • Public Agency Training Council, Fire Pattern Certification, 22 hours, August 2007
  • National Association of Fire Investigators, Advanced Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigations, March 2007
  • Fire Investigation Seminar; Andler & Associates Forensic Fire Laboratory in Maricopa AZ. December 2006
  • National Association of Fire Investigators; Vehicle Fire Investigations, September 2005
  • National Association of Fire Investigators; Fire and Arson Investigations, May 2005
  • Andler & Associates & Arizona Auto Theft Investigators Association; Vehicle Fire Investigations. March 2005
  • International Association of Arson Investigators; Fire and Explosion Investigations, February 2005
  • Vehicle Fire Investigation Seminar presented by Lee Cole and Associates; November 2004

Additionally, during the years with the Phoenix Police Department Dave has received over 1000 hours of training specifically related to criminal investigations.

Professional Record

  • Gold Buckle Investigations LLC Owner and Fire Investigator for Andler & Associates July 2005 to present.
  • Phoenix Police Department; December 1982 to July 2005. Criminal Investigator responsible for the investigation of fires including vehicle fires, insurance fraud, organized criminal activity, criminal syndicates and numerous related crimes.
  • Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office; November 1981 to December 1982. Jail Detention Officer.
  • Tolleson Police Department; Reserve Police Officer February 1982 to December 1982

Expert Testimony (Related to fire investigations)

  • Maricopa County Superior Court, AZ.: Barbara Sloan vs. Farmers Insurance 5-7-12 /CV2009-033244
  • San Bernardino County Superior Court, CA.: State of California vs. Sean Miller 8-7-12/ FBA1200328
  • Circuit Court of Giles County, Tennessee: Robert Wayne Garner v. State of Tennessee, Petition for Post-Conviction Relief case # 15034, 12-16-16
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