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:
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
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