IAAI-CFI, NFPA-CFPS, NAFI-CFEI, CVFI
Brian is a fourth generation firefighter and third generation fire marshal with over thirty-two years of diverse experience in fire and emergency services. For the last twenty-four years, Brian has served in the Operations Division, Special Operations Division, and Fire Marshal Divisions of a large metropolitan fire department located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor of Maryland.
While assigned to the Operations and Special Operations Divisions, Brian performed as a Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician, Engine/Ladder/Heavy Rescue Squad Chauffer/Operator, Hazardous Materials Specialist, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Dive Rescue Specialist, Technical Safety Officer, Incident Safety Officer, Urban Search and Rescue Platoon Leader, and as a Lieutenant. While in the Special Operations Division, he assisted in the establishment of the department’s confined space rescue program. He authored and co-authored departmental rules and regulations and standard operating guides for hazardous materials responses; confined space operations and CS rescue operations; trench/excavation collapse rescue operations; and structural collapse rescue operations. During his tenure in the Fire Marshal Division, Brian served as a Lieutenant - Group Supervisor in the Code Enforcement Unit where he administered and enforced local and state fire and life safety codes governing new construction and existing commercial occupancies. He developed training programs on fire protection systems and taught the same to firefighter recruit academy classes. In 2005, Brian transferred from Code Enforcement to the Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit. He graduated from the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Recruit Police Officer Academy where he achieved Maryland Police and Corrections Training Commission certification as a Police Officer. As a Lieutenant – Fire and Explosives Investigator, Brian conducts investigations and supervises personnel investigating fire, explosion, and explosives related incidents. When determined to be intentional and criminal, he continues the investigation through its’ judicial conclusion. Additionally, Brian and the personnel assigned to the unit conduct internal affairs investigations and provide force protection as directed by the Chief of the Fire Department. To date, Brian has accumulated several thousand hours of documented training and education from the local, state, and federal levels and from the private sector. Brian achieved and maintains numerous fire and law enforcement certifications including NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist; IAAI Certified Fire Investigator; NAFI Certified Fire and Explosives Investigator, and NAFI Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator. In 2011, Brian was sworn-in as a Task Force Officer (TFO) with the U.S. Department of Justice – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives where he is assigned to Baltimore Field Division, Group I, Arson and Explosives. Since 2005, Brian has participated in the origin and cause determination of over 700 fire scenes, having authored over 440 reports of fire causation, and has participated in over 40 criminal investigations involving explosives and destructive devices. Fire investigations conducted include but are not limited to incidents involving residential, commercial, and government properties; vehicles; marine/boats; fire injuries and deaths including arson homicide and self-immolation; and serial arsons. Brian has provided testimony in criminal and civil courts as a recognized expert witness in fire origin and cause determination and in explosion origin and cause determination.