The Associates

Don Stewart – Associate

Don StewartDon Stewart is a kitchen fire suppression systems expert with over 30 years experience. His area of expertise is in the design and installation of Class II kitchen suppression systems. Over the last 10 years he has consulted to authorities having jurisdiction, insurance companies and fire protection companies on the design, installation, maintenance and compliance to manufacturers’ guidelines on both wet and dry chemical kitchen fire suppression systems.

He conducts fire investigations and provides litigation support testimony to fire incidents in commercial kitchen fire suppression systems. He is factory trained and certified by many fire suppression manufacturers including Ansul, Chemetron, FSI, General, Kidde, Range Guard and System Master. Don Stewart is a licensed sprinkler contractor in the state of Michigan; and holds engineered, pre-engineered and fire extinguisher licenses in the state of Illinois.

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Speedy Laster – Associate

speedy-associateSpeedy joined Phil Ackland Inc. in 2007 as an Instructor; training individuals for commercial kitchen exhaust cleaning. In November 2008, Mr. Laster received his credentials from Mr. Ackland to teach the Fire Inspectors Course and has taught the Inspectors course at numerous locations across America and the Orient. He also provides hands-on inspection services.

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Tom Pierce – Associate

tom-associateMr. Pierce 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.

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Hudson Andrews – Associate


Hudson’s academic career and investigative interests are his greatest assets. He has a number of credentials in forensic and other sciences, and currently teaches investigation courses at the British Columbia Institute of Technology amongst other outlets. As a clinician, Hudson worked in forensic psychiatry for a number of years, before being recruited by Douglas College to teach in the Health Science Faculty. He remained there for 24 years before moving the BCIT.

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