Forensic Fire Consultants was founded in 1989 and provides forensic fire expert witness services, fire origin and cause investigations, and training (Continuing Education Units) services to defense and plaintiff attorneys, insurance and claim adjusters, and manufacturers.
Our senior investigator, Bernard (Sandy) Kromenacker, has over 30 years of specialized education, training, and experience in the field of forensic fire and explosion investigations. Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Sandy has conducted over 3300 fire origin and cause investigations. These thorough investigations often result in settlements that avoid litigation or criminal trials. Furthermore, he is an expert forensic fire witness who has qualified in both state and federal court for civil and criminal cases and who has provided testimony in numerous depositions and trials. FFCI has handled case both large and small fire loss incidents from various regions of the country.
FFCI's goal is to provide independent, scientific analysis related to fires and explosions to our clients. Sandy's success with forensic fire expert witness testimony and fire origin and cause investigations has led to his recognition as a leading expert in the field of fire and explosion investigations. He shares his knowledge and expertise as an adjunct faculty instructor in the Fire Science program at Durham Technical Community College. As a mentor for students at Durham Tech and East Carolina University, he is committed to providing students experience in real world investigations. In addition to teaching college courses, Sandy offers training programs for insurance and claims adjusters, attorneys, private investigators, and those in law enforcement.
FFCI'S REPUTATION IS BUILT ON RENDERING UNBIASED OPINIONS BASED ON SCIENTIFIC METHODOLOGY.
OUR INTEGRITY RESTS ON THIS COMMITMENT.
BERNARD "SANDY" KROMENACKER
BackgroundQ: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: (AS) Associate Degree in Fire Science Technology - Jefferson Community College,(BS) Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology – EKU majoring in Arson Investigation
Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) – International Association of Arson Investigators, Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) – NC Department of Insurance, Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator (CFEI) – National Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Fire Investigator Instructor (CFII) – National Association of Fire Investigators, Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI) – National Association of Fire Investigators
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), NC Chapter of the IAAI, National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International)
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Collection & Preservation of Evidence analysis – CEU training for NC adjusters through the NC Department of Insurance
Fire Investigation: origin and cause analysis – CEU training for NC adjusters through the NC Department of Insurance
Forensic Analysis in Fire Investigation – Athens Drive High School - Career Conference
Careers in Fire & Explosion Investigations – Middle Creek High School - Career Conference
Forensic Investigation – Cary Academy Science Lab
Testifying in a Criminal Case from the Investigators Perspective – CE training certified by the NC Private Protective Services Board (PPSB)
Vehicle Fire Investigation – CEU training for NC adjusters through the NC Department of Insurance
Vehicle Fire Investigation – Onslow County Fire Marshal's Office
Arson Vehicle Fire Investigation – National Association of Fire Investigators – Eastern Kentucky University
Collection of Fingerprints from Fire Damaged Objects – NC International Association for Identification
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: over 3500 cases
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Fire and explosion investigation for residential and commercial dwellings, vehicle fires, heavy equipment fires, electrical failure analysis, arson fires,
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: over 50
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: over 25 times
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: over 28 times
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: over 31 years
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Site inspection, interview owner/witnesses/fire officials, document the fire scene with photographs and sketches,
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $150.00 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $150.00 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $250.00 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $250.00 per hour
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Digital photographs $1.50 per image, vehicle travel .75 per mile, laboratory equipment fee $95.00
hotel, meals, and airfare at actual cost, evidence containers $6.50, and evidence storage fee determined by the size of the container or appliance.
ReferencesEric D. Carlson, Esq.
Crivello Carlson, S.C.
710 North Plankinton Avenue, Suite 500
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Telephone: (414) 271-7722
Direct Dial: (414) 290-7516
Facsimile: (414) 271-4438
J. Thomas Cox Jr.
Attorney at Law
Cox & Tillery PA
4020 Oleander Dr, #4,
Wilmington, NC 28403
Telephone: (910) 799-7669