Robert B. Rappaport, BS, CFI Expert Witness
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Fire origin and cause investigation, Arson, Explosion, Fire scene reconstruction, Bad faith claims, Fire prevention, Smoke alarm, Smoke detector, Fire alarm, Fire department procedures, Fire codes


Bachelor of Science, University of Southern California (USC); Executive Fire Officer, National Fire Academy

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I am an expert in fire origin and cause investigation, scene analysis, and reconstruction. My formal education includes a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California (USC). In addition, I completed post graduate work at the National Fire Academy in the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program. I hold certifications as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) with The Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) as well as Chief Officer and Executive Chief Fire Officer through the California State Fire Marshal. I have attended numerous initial, advanced, and continuing education courses and seminars in various aspects of fire investigation. I have over 30 years of experience in the fire service, 23 years as a Fire Investigator, and have investigated more than 2,500 fires. I was previously a Task Force Officer with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) and am currently a California State Fire Marshal instructor for beginning and advanced arson courses. Moreover, I am a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and California Conference of Arson Investigators (CCAI) (CA), and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) through the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI). I am experienced in the insurance investigation field working as a Fire Investigator. I often work for various fire agencies, as well as attorneys as a consultant on complex fire/arson cases. I have testified numerous times in both criminal and civil courts as an expert witness. In addition, I am a frequent lecturer in fire investigation techniques at various training conferences for the IAAI, CCAI, and International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).