Gary Farge

Gary Farge has over 20 years of experience in fire origin and cause determination. He is a Certified Fire Investigator with the IAAI, a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and a Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator with the NAFI. His background includes 20 years with the Houston Fire Department as a firefighter, Engineer/Operator, and Arson Investigator. He has spent the last 16 years investigating fires in civil matters for the insurance industry, attorneys, and product manufacturers. Mr. Farge has testified as an expert witness multiple times in both state and federal courts. He is a licensed private investigator in Texas and Louisiana. 

Education

  • Houston Fire Training Academy, Houston, Texas, 1979
  • Texas Department of Health, Emergency Medical Technician, Houston, Texas, 1991
  • Texas Commission on Fire Protection, Course for Fire and Arson Investigator, Houston, Texas, 1996
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, Peace officer, 1997
  • Criminal System Orientation, Justice Information Management System of Harris County, Texas, 1997
  • Basic Crisis Response Team Training, Houston Police Department, Texas 1997
  • Practical Kinesic Interview and Interrogation Techniques, San Antonio, Texas, 1998       
  • Texas Crime Information Center Course, TCIC, Houston Police Department, Texas, 1999
  • National Crime Information Center Course, NCIC, Houston Police Department, Texas 1999
  • Police Proficiency 3232 and 3939, Houston Community College, Texas 2000

 

Additional Education

  • Texas A&M University System, East Texas Arson Investigators Seminar, Longview, Texas, 2002-2006
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, The Scientific Method for Fire and Explosion Investigation, (tested), 2007
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, Insurance and the Fire Investigator, (tested), 2007
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, Investigating Motor Vehicle Fires, (tested), 2007
  • Public Agency Training Council, Electrical Fire/Arson Investigation, Denton, Texas, (tested), 2008
  • Texas A&M University System, Annual East Texas Arson Investigators Seminar, Longview, Texas, 2008
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, Post-Flashover Fires, (tested), 2008
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, Arc Mapping Basics, (tested), 2009
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, Utilizing NFPA 1033 and 921, (tested), 2009
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, Determining Responsibility in an Arson Case, (tested), 2009
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, Evidence Examination: What Happens in the Lab, (tested), 2010
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, Physical Evidence at the Fire Scene, (tested), 2010
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, Analysis of the Station Nightclub Fire, (tested), 2011
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, Critical Thinking Solves Cases, (tested), 2011
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, Documenting the Event, (tested), 2011
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, 2011 NFPA 921 Changes, (tested), 2011
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, Explosion Dynamics, (tested), 2012
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, Ethics and the Fire Investigator, (tested), 2012
  • IAAI, CFI Trainer Program, Electrical Safety, (tested), 2012
  • OSHA, 40 Hour HAZWOPER, (tested) 2012
  • Public Agency Training Council, Meeting the Requirements of NFPA 1033, (tested) 2013
  • PI Education, Industry Ethics and Laws for Private Investigators, 2015

 

Professional Societies

  • NAFI, National Association of Fire Investigators
  • IAAI, International Association of Arson Investigators
  • National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications

 

Certifications

  • NAFI, CFEI, Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Registration No. 7462-2855
  • NAFI, CVFI, Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, Registration No. 7462-2855
  • IAAI, CFI, Certified Fire Investigator, Registration No. 03-117
  • Louisiana Board of Private Investigator Examiners, Private Investigator, License No. 8969-091916-LA
  • Texas Commission on Private Security, Private Investigator, License No. A04666
  • Texas State Certified Arson Investigator (Retired)
  • Texas State Certified Peace Officer (Retired)

  

Qualifications 

Origin and cause investigation; residential and commercial buildings, automobiles, diesel trucks, heavy machinery, marine vessels, warehouses, hotels, motels, apartment complexes, and oil wells. Nineteen years fire, explosion, and arson causation investigation and lightning strike determination. Experience in conducting multiple fire investigations in Central America and Mexico. Twenty years firefighting experience with the Houston Fire Department which included courses and training in fire science, fire protection systems, hazardous materials, fire service salvage and overhaul, emergency management, incident command systems, live fire training, personal protective equipment and self-contained breathing apparatus, fire apparatus pump operations, rescue, portable fire extinguishers, forcible entry, emergency service communications and pre-fire survey.

Twenty-five years experience in residential and commercial construction as a professional home builder, general contractor, and carpenter. Work that included build-out of commercial office space including laboratories. This experience included obtaining building permits and familiarization with city building, electrical and plumbing codes.

 

Experience

  • 2016-Present   Fire Origin and Cause Investigator / Consultant, S.C. Fire Consulting, Inc., Houston, Texas
  • 2011-2016   Fire Origin and Cause Investigator, EFI Global, Humble, Texas
  • 2001-2011   Special Investigator, Fire Cause Investigations (FCI) Houston, Texas
  • 1996-2000   Arson Investigator, Houston Arson Bureau, Houston, Texas
  • 1991-1996   Engineer / Operator, Houston Fire Department, Houston, Texas
  • 1980-1991   Firefighter, Houston Fire Department, Houston, Texas

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