New Jersey

RAMON E. IRIZARRY: – Fair Lawn, NJ

Ramon Irizarry is an experienced expert witness in fire-related court cases. He is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators. Ramon has more than 30 years of combined fire and law enforcement experience. He served as an arson detective with the City of Newark Department of Public Safety for 25 years. Ramon has conducted numerous criminal investigations into structure fires, vehicle fires, arson homicides, insurance fraud and arson for hire. He was one of the many heroes who first responded to the World Trade Center to assist in the search and rescue after the 2001 terrorist attack. Ramon has spent many years as a private fire analyst conducting investigations for insurance companies.

 

DAVID A. ROCK:  E.E.  –  Blackwood, NJ

David A. Rock is an electrical engineer with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Dave holds a Pennsylvania professional engineer license and has over 10 years of experience in the design and schematics analysis of electro-mechanical and industrial systems as well as extensive facilities electrical engineering experience. He has served as a lead electrical design and project engineer covering multiple facilities supporting commercial, institutional, educational, and healthcare industries. Dave is a mentor with the ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania, mentoring students from local high schools, helping them to learn more about potential careers in architecture, engineering and construction.

 

WILLIAM R. SCHLECK: IAAI/CFI,  NAFI/CFEI, CVFI – Newark, NJ

William Schleck is a Certified Fire Investigator and Evidence Collection Technician through the International Association of Arson Investigators, as well as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and a Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators. He is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators and the National Fire Protection Agency. William has over forty years of experience in the fire service and has been an instructor at the Middlesex County Fire Academy for the past twenty-five years. He is an Instructor for the NJ State Fire Inspector and Fire Official programs.

 

WILLIAM E. RIEGER II: IAAI/CFI,  NAFI/CFEI – Woodbury, NJ

Senior Fire Analyst William Rieger II is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators. In addition to being a court-qualified expert witness, William was the Gloucester County Fire Marshal from 1989 until 2009. He was also the Gloucester County Fire Coordinator from 1989 until 2008, and is currently a senior instructor at the Gloucester County Fire Academy. He earned his bachelor of science degree in criminal justice at Trenton State College. He is also a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators and the National Association of Fire Investigators.

 

JOSEPH G. KOTORA SR.: IAAI/CFI,  NAFI/CFEI, CVFI, ASE Certified Mechanic – East Brunswick, NJ

Joseph Kotora is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators, and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators. Joseph recently retired from his position as a fire marshal for the Borough of Helmetta, NJ. With over 25 years of experience in the fire service, Joseph has received multiple commendations at the state and local level. Joseph is also an ASE Certified Mechanic through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. He holds licenses as a fire inspector, housing code official, fire protection official, and inspector of hotels and multiple dwellings. Joseph earned his bachelor of science degree in Industrial Education at Trenton State College. He is also a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators, the National Association of Fire Investigators, and the New Jersey State Fire Prevention Association.

 

DANIEL WILLIAMS: IAAI/CFI,  NAFI/CFEI, CVFI – Wilmington, DE

Daniel Williams is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators, as well as a Certified Fire and Explosion and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator though the National Association of Fire Investigators. He is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators and the National Association of Fire Investigators.  Dan also serves on the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators.  He has over 25 years of law enforcement experience and retired as a Detective Corporal in April of 2015.  Dan served as a Fire Investigator for with the Glassboro Police Department of Glassboro, NJ for over fifteen years. Dan has instructed trainings on juvenile fire setters, as well as evidence collection. He is a court qualified expert witness in the State of New Jersey.

 

ROBERT A. AMMANN: IAAI/CFI,  NAFI/CFEI – Long Island, NY

(servicing northern New Jersey)
Robert Ammann is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators, and a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators. His fire service career spans 25 years in New York City and Nassau County. He retired as a fire marshal for the New York City Fire Department in 2006 and is a court-qualified expert witness.

 

NICHOLAS E. RAFFERTY: IAAI/CFI,  NAFI/CFEI – Doylestown, PA

Nicholas is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators and the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications NFPA 1033. He has more than 40 years of experience in the fire service, and was previously Chief Fire Marshal for the County of Bucks Fire Marshal Department until retirement in 2013. Over the span of his career, he has conducted more than 1,445 fire investigations since 1988. He is certified as an expert witness in civil and criminal court, testifying in Federal, State/County and local municipal courts in at least 54 cases. Nicholas has also been a certified fire service instructor for more than 25 years in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

 

PAUL J. BOERNER: IAAI/CFI, NAFI/CFEI – Pitman, NJ

Paul Boerner is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators, as well as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators. He has testified as an expert witness in the states of Delaware, New Jersey, and New York. His professional affiliations include the International Association of Arson Investigators, the National Association of Fire Investigators, the New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association, and the New Jersey Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators.

Paul has more than 50 years of police and fire service experience. He has over 30 years combined experience with the Pitman Police Department, the Deptford Township Police Department, and the Glassboro Police Department as a police officer and fire investigator. Since 2001, Paul has been as a private fire investigator for various consulting groups serving the insurance industry.

 

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