Richard Taylor, NAFI-CFEI, has personally investigated over 4,000 origin and cause investigations spanning 22 years of public service and 20 years of private fire investigations. His assignments involved the crimes of arson, arson-murder, capital murder, burglary, theft and other organized crimes as a certified law enforcement officer. His private investigative work included assignments for personal injury, death, subrogation, first party insurance, third party insurance defense work, plaintiff’s work, consumer product liability, contractor liability, and file review. His technical/vocational training provided advanced college level training in heat transfer, metallurgy, welding, hydraulics, fuel systems, mechanical and electrical theory and repair of both DC and AC circuits. This training also included maintenance and repair of internal combustion and gas turbine engines which is a direct asset in consideration of failure modes or operation issues resulting in a fire or explosion.
Fresno City College, Fresno, California; A&P Vocational Aeronautics, June 1972