Gregory J Cahanin, CP Expert Witness
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General Specialties: Fire and Failure Analysis

Specialty Focus: Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems, Fire Sprinkler System Failure, CPVC sprinkler pipe failure, Fire Walls, Life Safety Egress, Fire Codes, Fire Hazard Analysis, Explosion Analysis and Cause, Fire Alarms, Walking Surface Slip Trip & Fall, Fire Origin and Cause Investigation, Fire Construction Defects

Education: MPA Organization and Management, Golden Gate University; B.S. Eng. Tech. - Fire Protection & Safety, Oklahoma State University; A.D. Fire and Safety Eng. Technology, Oklahoma State University; A.S. Fire Science Technology, Springfield (MA) Technical Community College

Years in Practice: 41

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 8


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Fire expert witness performing origin and cause investigations nationally. Gregory J. Cahanin meets the professional qualifications of NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator as documented in a Florida declaratory statement held by no other fire expert in the state. Investigations include the Station Nightclub Fire in 2003 with 100 fatalities. In Wyatt v. Security Alarms Co., Inc. key testimony on the failure of a Viking automatic fire sprinkler established a product liability that resulted in a $1.4M dollar jury award for Wyatt in Oklahoma. Specialty areas of forensic expertise include kitchen fire suppression systems, fire sprinklers, and fire alarm failures. Fire and Building Code construction defect findings are supported by 40 years of working with national codes and standards. Gregory Cahanin also performs code compliance and development for property owners and manufacturers. At the National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA, Mr. Cahanin was a Senior Life Safety Engineer. Primary responsibilities were in support of Life Safety Code development and education. He was staff liaison for building construction standards and the Fire Prevention Code. Special project work included support of the International Division of NFPA in a survey of fire protection for all oil production facilities of LaGoven SA in Venezuela; an evaluation of the existing airport terminal in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; and a code comparison study for the National Institute of Building Sciences. Multiple fatality fire investigations while with NFPA were performed with findings nationally published and peer reviewed.