Fire Investigation & Fire Forensics

James (Jamie) Lord, PE, CFI heads fire investigation at Reax. Jamie is a former firefighter with degrees in Mechanical and Fire Protection Engineering. His 18 years of experience in fire protection engineering is notable for 10 years of experience investigating fires, performing forensic engineering analyses and serving as an expert witness for the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, participating in hundreds of investigations and providing expert testimony in both U.S. and Canadian courts and training programs worldwide.

Jamie specializes in failure analyses of fire detection and alarm systems and fire suppression systems, analysis of appliances and product fire performance, fire and materials research, process hazard analysis, fire hazard analysis, and computer fire modeling. Mr. Lord is experienced in industrial losses such as dust explosions, wood pellet storage facilities, and a wide range of other operations involving conveyance systems, dust hazards, storage areas and hazardous process issues. Jamie heads the Reax Engineering Inc. office in Washington, DC.

Fire forensics is closely related to fire investigation, and Reax's fire experts specialize in several areas:

Fire Modeling

A fire modeling expert can test forensic fire investigation hypotheses, consistent with the Scientific Method in NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, to determine whether a postulated fire origin and cause is scientifically valid. more

Fire Testing

Fire testing is an integral component of building and consumer product regulations in the United States. more


Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is the use of numerical methods to analyze fluid flow.  more

Residential Fire Reconstruction and Analysis

In the United States, approximately 85% of all fire deaths are attributed to residential fires. more

Failure Analysis

Failure analysis is the application of laboratory testing, calculations, and computer modeling to determine how or why the failure occurred. more

Origin & Cause Analysis

Fire investigation is the process of determining the origin, cause, and development of a fire or explosion. more

Wildland Fire Ignition and Spread Analysis

Historically, around 10 million acres are charred by wildland fires each year in the United States. more

Smoke Detector Failure Analysis

Smoke detector failure is a significant factor contributing to fire deaths and injuries in the United States. more

Spot Fires and Ignition of Fuels by Hot Particles

Spot fire formation is the primary vector for the spread of wildland and wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires under dry, hot, and windy conditions that produce the most devastating fires. more

Heat Transfer Analysis

Heat transfer analysis is a critical component of fire analysis and reconstruction. more