Tom Pierce

tom-associateTom Pierce is a full time Fire Investigator and Consultant. He has been involved in fire service and law enforcement since 1974. He has over 500 hours of training specific to fire origin and cause investigation including classes from the National Fire Academy, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, California State Fire Marshal’s Office, California Conference of Arson Investigators and the International Association of Arson Investigators.

Investigator Pierce is a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) through the International Association of Arson Investigators, California State Fire Marshals office and the California Conference of Arson Investigators. Mr. Pierce has conducted over 1,500 fire investigations in his carrier and is qualified to testify in California State court in origin and cause cases. He has also been selected to the Expert Witness Panel for fire investigation for the Superior Court of Los Angeles.

Tom serves the fire investigation community as a member of the Board of Directors and past President of the California Conference of Arson Investigators.

Mr. Pierce also owned and operated a chimney sweep and solid fuel contracting business for 18 years. He has conducted level 1 and 2 inspections on over 10,000 chimneys in his career. He was the first Certified Fire Investigator in the state of California to be a F.I.R.E. Certified Fireplace Inspector and Fireplace Technician. He is also an assistant author to the F.I.R.E. training program.

Mr. Pierce has served the chimney/venting industry as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Fireplace and Chimney Inspectors (IAFCI). He presently serves on the Technical Committee on Chimneys, Fireplaces and Venting Systems for Heat Producing Appliances for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 211).

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Areas of Specialization

Fire & Explosion Investigations, Chimney and Woodstove Venting and Fire Causation, Commercial Kitchen Fires and Commercial Pyrotechnics.

Background and Professional Experience

Mr. Pierce has over 25 years of firefighting experience. He currently holds the position of Senior Fire Investigator and owner of Pierce Fire Investigations, Inc. During the course of Mr. Pierce’s career, he has participated in over 1,500 origin and cause investigations including, vehicle, structures, chimneys and vegetation fires. He has accumulated 18 years’ experience as a solid fuel contractor and inspector and was a regular contributor to “Ask the Expert” in the field of chimney and wood stove codes and safety.

Mr. Pierce currently serves on the Technical Committee for the NFPA 211 Standards for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid Fuel- Burning Appliances.

Mr. Pierce serves the fire investigation community as the immediate Past President of the California Conference of Arson Investigators.

Mr. Pierce was recently accepted to the Expert Witness Panel in the category of Fire Investigation for the Superior Court of Los Angeles California.

Mr. Pierce is well versed in the field of commercial pyrotechnics and has just celebrated his 35th year in the industry.

Mr. Pierce has recently been retained by Phillip Ackland Holdings as an instructor in the field of Investigating Commercial Kitchen Fires and as their lead Fire Investigator.

Specialized Training

  • California State Fire Training, Instructor, Oil and Gas Fire School- 1986, thru 1993
  • Chimney Relining School, Wood Energy Institute 1987
  • Masonry Restoration School, Southwestern Technical Institute 1989
  • Fire Origin and Cause – California State Fire Marshal 1989
  • Wildland Interface Fire Operations, California State Fire Training 1990
  • Tactical Considerations for Structure Fires, San Bernardino Fire Department 1991
  • Arson Detection for the First Responder, National Fire Academy 1999
  • Methods of Enhancing Safety Education, National Fire Academy 1999
  • Arson Scene Search & Evidence Recovery- Public Agency Training Council 1999
  • Electrical Fire Investigation- Public Agency Training Council 1999
  • Basic Air Operations-S270 United States Forest Service 2001
  • Fire Investigation 1 A & 1 B (80 hours-tested), California State Fire Training 2001
  • Fire Investigation 2A (40 hours-tested), California State Fire Training 2001
  • Advanced Fire/Arson Investigation, California Conference of Arson Investigators (22 hours tested) 2001
  • PC832, with firearms, P.O.S.T. Certification (64 hours-tested) 2001
  • Level III P.O.S.T. Certification (116 hours-tested) 2001
  • Level II P.O.S.T. Certification (277 hours-tested) 2002
  • P.O.S.T. Correctional Deputy Academy (296 hours-tested) 2002 Expert Courtroom
  • Fire Investigation 2B (40 hours -tested), California State Fire Marshal 2004
  • Expert Testimony Program (20 hours – tested), IAAI – 2005
  • Investigation of Gas and Electric Appliance Fires, Fire Findings (30 hours-tested) 2005
  • Certified Fireplace Inspector, (48 hours-tested) F .I.R.E – 2005
  • Introduction to Fire Dynamics and Modeling, lAAI – 2005 (4 hours- tested)
  • Understanding the Arsonist, San Bernardino Fire Department 2006
  • Prosecution of Fireworks & Explosive Device Crimes, San Bernardino County District attorney Office 2006
  • Fire Origin and Cause of Wildland Fires, California Conference of Arson Inv. 2007
  • Fire Instructor IA, State Board of Fire Services 2007
  • Serial Arson Analysis, San Bernardino Fire department 2008
  • Advanced Explosive Recognition, CVAI 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (8 hours each seminar as site Pyrotechnician)
  • Fireworks Safety, Pyro Spectaculars 2009
  • Advanced Fire/Arson Investigation, California Conference of Arson Investigators bi- annual conference, 2004-2013 (20 hours each bi annual conference)
  • Motion Picture/Television- Fire Safety Officer, California State Fire Marshal, 2009
  • Ethical leadership in the Classroom, State Fire Service Training, 2009
  • The Scientific Method for Fire and Explosion Investigation, lAAI(3 hours-tested)
  • Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction, Dr. John DeHaan, Dr. David Icove, 2010
  • Advanced Vehicle Fire investigation CCAI 2010 (co-instructor)
  • Utilizing NFPA 1033and 921, IAAI CFITrainer.net (4 hours tested) 2010
  • A Ventilation Focused Approach to the Impact of Building Structures and Systems on Fire, IAAI CFITRrainer.net (4hours tested) 2010
  • Understanding Fire Through the Candle Experiment IAAI CFITrainer.net (4 hours tested) 2010
  • Effective Investigation and Testimony, IAAI, CFITrainer.net (3 hours tested) 2010
  • Ignitable Liquids and Other Burn Patterns, Fire K9.org (2 hours tested) 2011
  • Introduction to Wildland Investigation, CVAI, (4hours) 2011
  • Wildland Fire Investigation, IAAI CFITrainer.net (5 hours tested) 2013
  • Wildland Fire Litigation Conference 2013
  • Advanced Wildland Fire Investigation FI-210 NWCG (40 hours tested) 2013
  • How First Responders Impact The Fire Investigation, CFITtrainer.net, (2 hour tested) 2013
  • Investigating Commercial Kitchen Fires (16 hrs.) (Phillip Ackland Holdings 2014)
  • Advanced Fire/Arson Investigation, California Conference of Arson Investigators (20 hours) March 2014
  • Advanced Fire/Arson Investigation, California Conference of Arson Investigators (20 hours) November 2014
  • Subrogation College (8 hrs.) National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
  • NFPA 1033 compliance course. 40 hours. California Conference of Arson Investigators March 30-April 3, 2015

Certifications

  • Certified Fire Investigator (California State Fire Marshal) # 092782
  • Certified Fire Investigator (California Conference of Arson Investigators) # 587
  • Certified Fire Investigator (International Association of Arson Investigators) #22-032119 (Pro Board Certified)
  • Certified Fireplace Inspector F.I.R.E. (Fireplace Inspection Research and Education Service) # 110
  • Certified Solid Fuels Inspector (Independent Safety Commission) #1395
  • Certified Fireplace Technician F.I.R.E. (Fireplace Inspection Research and Education Service) # 009
  • Certified Gas Appliance Technician (Cal Gas) California Pyrotechnic Operator (California State Fire Marshal) #1222-02
  • Fire Fighter I (California State Board of Fire Services) # 1995751

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