Stanislaus County Safety Council,   P.O. Box 485,   Modesto, CA.  95353
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Fire Origin and Cause

Event Date: 
November 19, 2019 11:45am
Presenter: 
Jimmie L. McCants of Rimkus

Jimmy McCants of Rimkus Consulting Group will discuss Fire Origin and Cause. With 22 years of fire investigation experience and 26 years of law enforcement experience, Mr. McCants is uniquely qualified to work the most complex fire losses. He is a certified fire and explosion investigator (CFEI) through the National Association of Fire Investigators as well as a certified arson/explosive investigator through the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations. He is also a licensed private investigator in the state of California.

Mr. McCants has investigated over 3,000 fires during his career, including numerous high-profile fires and several fatal fires. He served as a lead investigator for a multi–county fire investigation unit in California and also examined bombing incidents throughout northern California. Because of his past professional experience as a detective, he is well-versed in taking statements, collecting and preserving evidence, and identifying the warning signs of arson and possible insurance fraud.

On-scene experiences with structural fires and explosions for various types of occupancies have provided him with a working knowledge of building construction, fire behavior, and post-investigation techniques for analyzing damages and fire cause and origin. His experience extends to residential, commercial, marine, automobile, and heavy equipment investigations. 

Education and Certifications

• Associate of Science: Solano Community College 
• Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator: National Association of Fire Investigators
• Certified Arson/Explosive Investigator: Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigations
• Licensed Private Investigator: California (and able to work in Oregon)