Fire Losses from Start to Finish: WEBINAR

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multidisciplinary forensics firm continues its in-demand weekly webinar series with the fourth instalment in the popular curriculum. Join industry leading experts on Thursday, June 4th as they lead a discussion on: Fire Losses from Start to Finish.  This dynamic webinar will be of importance to industry professionals such as: insurance company personnel, risk managers, independent adjusters, legal community + more.

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As forensic experts in the industry, our focus with fire losses and fire investigations is to identify the origin and cause of failures and to examine opportunities for subrogation. To ensure that we are seeing the loss in full picture, we involve our fire investigators within our various disciplines to carefully analyze contributing factors to fire losses.

The purpose of this webinar is to present the typical flow of our fire loss investigations from start to finish (i.e. the first phone call from our clients to a tangible written report). Fire related forensic investigations may require determining the origin and cause of a loss, assessing the pre-existing conditions at the loss location and exploring potential subrogation opportunities. Depending on what stage of investigation we are engaged at, we design our approach to verify that we are seeing the loss in full picture.

This webinar will facilitate the following learning outcomes to insurance adjusters and lawyers that provide services involving property losses relating specifically to fire:

  • Understanding the various stages of involvement of fire loss investigations
  • Important questions to ask and documentation to collect for the assessment of pre-loss conditions and various other contributing factors to the loss
  • Step by step process relating to our testing, analysis and reporting of our findings
  • Reaching a determination of the origin and cause of fires, fire classifications and subrogation opportunities


Fire Losses from Start to Finish


Thursday, June 4th, 2020


11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST

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If you have any questions, please email Colleen Heffernan:


Tom Pepper B.Eng., CFEI, P.Eng.
Practice Lead
Building & Fire Code

30 Forensic Seminar Series at a Glance
(click on webinar titles to register)

Joint Examinations and Site Assessments During COVID-19

Thursday, May 14th – 11:00am EST

Water Loss Investigations in Condo and Office Towers – Systems Overview and Failure Case Studies

Thursday, May 21st – 11:00am EST

Collision Reconstruction Assessments of Suspected Fraudulent Claims

Thursday, May 28th – 11:00am EST

Fire Losses from Start to Finish

Thursday, June 4th – 11:00am

Soil-Structure Interaction – Losses Requiring Geotechnical and Structural Expertise

Thursday, June 11th – 11:00am EST

Multidisciplinary Assessments of Personal Injury Claims – Biomechanics, Building Code and Human Factors

Thursday, June 18th – 11:00am EST

How to Stop Building Envelope and Environmental Issues from Turning Small Losses into Big Losses

Thursday, June 25th —  11:00am EST

Human Factors & Collision Reconstruction – Cover Your Bases in Liability Assessments

Thursday, July 9th —  11:00am EST

About 30 Forensic Engineering

30 Forensic Engineering is one of Canada’s largest and most respected multi-disciplinary forensic firms. Our core team of 70 professional engineers, experts, investigators, engineering technicians and support staff is enhanced through relationships with some of the top scientists, standard-makers and specialized consultants in North America serving a wide variety of industries including: Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Construction, Health Care, Commercial and Residential Property, Financial, Government, Hospitality, Mining, Renewable Energy and Transportation.

We provide world-class engineering and consulting expertise in:

Civil/Structural Failure
Building and Fire Code
Geotechnical and Mining
Biomechanics & Personal Injury
Human Factors
Collision Reconstruction
Transportation Safety
Renewable Energy
Environmental Health & Safety
Multi-disciplinary Remediation
Materials & Product Failure / Piping & HVAC
Fire / Electrical & Explosion investigations

The Canadian Lawyer Magazine readership acknowledged 30 Forensic Engineering as their top choice in both forensic engineering categories:

For further information and media inquiries, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the 30 Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Stephanie d’Obrenan, Director, Human Resources

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30 Forensic Engineering Strengthens Fire Investigation Group with the Senior Appointment of Brandon Northrup

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, is excited to announce that Brandon Northrup, B.Sc., CFO, CFEI, CMM III has joined the firm as a Senior Fire Investigator within our Fire & Electrical Investigations Group.

Brandon brings over fifteen years of experience as a fire chief and firefighter to 30 Forensic Engineering.   As a fire service professional, Brandon has attended hundreds of fires giving him unique insights into the investigation of fires.  In addition to his experience with fire investigation, Brandon has completed over 50 training courses related to firefighting, fire investigation and emergency management.  Brandon has a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Service Administration and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Emergency Services Management. Furthermore, he holds both Fire Service Leadership and Fire Service Administration certificates from Dalhousie University.

In addition to his extensive experience as a Fire Chief, Brandon is a licensed radio operator, a Red Seal certified sheet metal worker and holds 11 National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) certifications, to include Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Officer, 3 and Incident Safety Officer. He holds the following professional designations:

  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) from the National Association of Fire Investigators.
  • Executive Chief Fire Officer (ECFO), Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs.
  • Certified Municipal Manager III (CMMIII), Ontario Municipal Management Institute.
  • Community Emergency Management Coordinator (CEMC), Emergency Management Ontario.

30 Forensic Engineering is proud to have someone with Brandon’s extensive fire investigation related skill set join our firm.  Robert Sparling, Vice President, states “Brandon’s professionalism, enthusiasm, and unique perspective on fires will serve our clients fire investigation needs exceptionally well.”

2018 Forensic Investigation Forum: Ottawa

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm was pleased to host the 2018 Forensic Investigation Forum in our nation’s capital. Held downtown Ottawa on June 19th, the afternoon seminar brought together senior industry leaders and was designed to provide a current forensic engineering perspective on property and casualty claims and risk mitigation.  30 Forensic Engineering would like to take this opportunity to thank our Ottawa area insurance and legal industry partners for making the event a success.

Behind the Wheel of Truck & Auto Investigations

What’s Driving The Future of Collision Reconstruction?  Understanding The Role of Biomechanics and Human Factors in Motor Vehicle Accidents.



Jamie Catania, B.E.Sc., M.Eng., P.Eng
President, Head of Casualty Group




Mark Fabbroni, B.A.Sc., M.A.Sc., P.Eng
Principal, Trucking Claims




Rob Parkinson, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D
Principal, Biomechanics and Personal Injury




Adam Campbell, B.Kin., Ph.D
Senior Associate, Human Factors




Mark Paquette, B.A.Sc., P.Eng.
Senior Associate, Collision Reconstruction



A Forensic Engineering View on Fire, Flood 
& Property Loss Investigations 

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mitigate Risk & Expense on
Property Files.



Robert Sparling, B.Eng.Mgt., P.Eng
Vice President




Jeff Reitsma, MBA, PMP, P.Eng
Principal, Multidisciplinary Remediation




Tom Pepper, B.Eng., P.Eng
Practice Lead, Building and Fire Code





Mrinmoy Kanungo, M.E.Sc., P.Eng
Practice Lead, Geotechnical & Mining





30 Forensic Engineering Launches Fixed-Fee Fire Investigation Service

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, is pleased to introduce a Fixed-Fee Fire Investigation Service. This offering will provide clients with fire scene investigations conducted by NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators (CFEI) at a set fee.

30 Fixed-Fee Fire Investigation Service includes:

  • FULL site assessment and primary investigation, within one business day
  • Identification of cause/origin and potential subrogation opportunity
  • Verbal report (written report available by request)
  • Travel to site (within 200 km of Toronto office)
  • $1995

Along with the fire scene investigation team, the initiative will be anchored by expert, Matt Roberts, B.A. Sc. F.S. (Forensic Science), CFEI, CCFI-C. A true leader in the Canadian fire investigation community, Matt has more than half a decade of fire investigation experience, with extensive expertise in residential structure fires and additional experience participating in large loss remediation projects as part of 30 Forensic Engineering’s integrated Fire and Electrical Investigations team. Our highly trained and experienced team have investigated thousands of cases to date. All of our investigations are conducted thoroughly with detailed documentation of evidence followed by ‘true to facts’ reporting.

Andy Brown, C. Eng., Eur Ing, MIET, SMIEEE, Principal of the Fire and Electrical Investigations team at 30, explains that the offering was developed in response to client demand: “Our clients expect the highest quality of fire investigation services—but they are also looking for cost certainty. Under this new offering, our clients will benefit from the highest quality of fire investigation the industry has to offer, at the best value.”

To submit a fixed-fee fire investigation assignment or for more information, please contact:

Angela Cogliano, Team Lead, Project Coordinator (Fire and Electrical Investigations)
Direct: 647-738-8403 |

For additional information about 30 Forensic Engineering’s Fire and Electrical Investigations please contact:

Andy Brown, C. Eng., Eur Ing, MIET, SMIEEE
Direct: 647-738-5731 |

30 Forensic Engineering Forms Integrated Fire and Electrical Investigations Division

30 Forensic Engineering, Canada’s leading and fully-independent multi-disciplinary forensics firm, is pleased to announce that the Fire and Electrical groups will merge to form an integrated Fire and Electrical Investigations division.

With over 30 years of wide-ranging European & North American engineering experience, Principal, Andy Brown C.Eng. Eur Ing, MIET, SMIEEE will lead the team and sees the merger as a natural fit due to the many synergies that exist between the two disciplines as many fire losses have their origins in electrical failure and arc flash incidents. Many of the qualifications of the electrical engineer and fire investigator cross over to the benefit of both disciplines.

Senior Associate James Wheeler B.A.Sc., CFEI, P.E., P.Eng, takes on a technical leadership role within fire investigations and exemplifies this crossover with an impressive 30 year career as both a fire investigator and an electrical engineer.

The team is further bolstered with the knowledge and hands on experience of three NAFI Certified Fire and Explosion Investigators, five Forensic Electrical Engineers / Investigators, a registered Electrical Technician and a Master Electrician. The diverse experience of the team spans a wide array of fire investigations and electrical investigations (ranging from 110v (LV) to High Voltage applications), associated with residential, industrial, manufacturing, transmission, distribution and power utilities. The team also carries out investigation of electrical accidents involving electrocution and electric shock and provides expert reports and testimony for litigation and arbitration. To date, the highly trained and experienced Fire and Electrical group has investigated thousands of cases.

As the science of fire and electrical investigations is rapidly changing, much of what was accepted as solid science 20 years ago has been debunked by new techniques and discoveries. The integration of the two groups provides 30 Forensic Engineering with the opportunity to make the most of the synergistic relationship between electrical and fire investigations and associated remediation. We see it as our mission to provide our highly valued clients with science-based findings that enable them to see the entire picture, establish cause and origin, identify possible opportunities for subrogation and make a complete assessment in order to take action with confidence. All 30 Forensic Engineering investigations are conducted thoroughly with detailed documentation of evidence followed by ‘true to facts’ reporting.

For additional information and to submit an assignment, please contact:

Angela Cogliano
Team Lead, Project Coordinator (Fire)
Direct: 416-738-8403

Vanessa Lacey
Project Coordinator (Electrical)
Direct: 416-738-5889

Andy Brown, C.Eng. Eur Ing, MIET, SMIEEE
Office: 416-368-1700
Direct: 647-738-5731

James Wheeler, B.A.Sc., CFEI, P.E., P.Eng.
Senior Associate
Office: 416-368-1700
Direct: 647-738-5472

For further information, please contact:

Paul Aquino, Director, Marketing
Direct: 647-738-5326

For confidential inquiries on becoming a member of the 30 Forensic Engineering team, please contact:

Jamie Burns, Director, Human Resources & Talent Acquisition
Direct: 647-738-5472

30 Welcomes Dan Stanton to the Electrical Group

30 is pleased welcome Dan Stanton, the newest member to the Electrical Engineering Group!

Dan hails from Toronto where he completed an Electrical Engineering Technical program at Humber College, before moving to Edmonton to take up various electrical contracting and supervisory positions associated with the heavy electrical construction industry, then having been hit by lightning, came to his senses and returned to his home City to join 30 as an Intermediate Associate in the Electrical Engineering team.

Dan has a good solid electrical background including hands-on in electrical testing and contracting in all areas up to 33,000V. He is an extremely good fit to further supplement our growing “Forensic Centre of Excellence”, his skills both complement and enhance the services that the rest of the Electrical Engineering team offers.

Welcome to 30, Dan!

GK Welcomes Tara Kazerouni to the Electrical Group!

Giffin Koerth is excited to announce the newest arrival to the Electrical Group, Tara Kazerouni!

Tara hails from Iran where she completed a Bachelor degree in Electronic Engineering, before moving to India to do a Master of Technology Electrical Engineering and then onwards to Saskatoon for a Master of Electrical Engineering. She bring to GK a good solid background with international over tones, to supplement our Forensic Centre of Excellence.

As well as studying around the world, Tara has gained experience of Fire Alarm systems and has been in a teaching role within the University as well as volunteering with elementary school students, the most recent of which has been teaching robotics in Toronto.

Welcome to the team, Tara!

Giffin Koerth’s Electrical Forensic Group to Participate in 2016 Electrical Insulation Conference (EIC) in Montreal, QC

From Sunday, June 19th to Wednesday, June 21 Giffin Koerth’s Electrical Forensic Group will be in Montreal to attend the 34th Electrical Insulation Conference at Hotel Bonaventure in Montreal, QC. The Electrical Group will be represented by Andy Brown and Keith Foster, supported by Vanessa Lacey and Alexandra Jones.

Giffin Koerth will be exhibiting at the conference on Monday and Tuesday during lunch and the Poster Session in the evening. On-site registration is available, so come by and say hello!

Andy Brown is Chairing one of the Rotating Plant sessions at the Conference and will also be participating in the IEEE Standards working group meetings relating to High Voltage Insulation and testing, which take place after the close of the 2016 EIC on Rotating Machinery. These working group meetings are held by the IEEE DEIS Materials Subcommittee of the Electrical Machinery Committee, and allow for the discussion and new definitions of existing and new working standards in the industry. For more information, please reach out to Andy.

The Electrical Group is excited and honoured to be a part of this year’s EIC! To learn more about Giffin Koerth’s Electrical service offerings, click here.

Changes are coming to the NERC Electrical Reliability Rules, effecting Ontario Generation Facilities – are you ready?

Come July 2016, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is changing the definition of which generating facilities are considered part of the Ontario Bulk Electric System (BES).

Do you connect at 115kV or greater; have an individual unit greater than 20MVA or aggregate capacity greater than 75MVA?

If so then you may have to comply with all applicable North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) standards.

Each Province has differing levels of compliance and implementation dates around NERC, with Ontario taking the lead. Are you NERC ready?

The electrical experts at Giffin Koerth are well-qualified to assess and help you become NERC-compliant. Call Keith Foster or Andy Brown at 416-368-1700 to take the first step.

Check out our website for other Engineering and Forensic services offered by Giffin Koerth Engineers, Scientists and Specialists.