Cam Cope, BS, CFEI, CFII, CVFI

Cam Cope, BS, CFEI, CFII, CVFI

Auto Fire & Safety Consultants, Inc., formerly Cam Cope Consulting
35 Promenade St. North
Montgomery , TX 77356
Office: 281-413-5423
Fax: 281-362-1329

Introduction

AUTO FIRE & SAFETY CONSULTANTS, INC., (FORMERLY CAM COPE CONSULTING), provides investigative and expert witness services throughout the U.S. and Mexico. Our team of professionals has a wide range of expertise in the evaluation and investigation of fire origin and cause, vehicle-related injuries, and products liability. We use established principles and scientific methodology to provide technically accurate reconstruction.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZED EXPERTISE
Accident Reconstruction
Occupant Restraint Systems & Airbags
Vehicle Products Liability
Fire Origin and Cause
Fuel Systems Integrity
Interior Flammability
Electrical Engineering
Crash Data Retrieval Analysis
Trucking Accidents
Rollovers & Roofcrush


ACCIDENT RECONSTRUCTION & INVESTIGATION
Case Evaluation
Collision & Injury Analysis
Accident Avoidance Analysis
Computer Simulations (2-D & 3-D)
VIN Verification & Identification
Crash Data Retrieval (GM & Ford Vehicles Black Box Data)
Accident Scene Documentation
Large-Scale Scene Diagrams
Deposition & Trial Testimony
Expert Reports & Affidavits
Nikon Total Station Digital Survey Equipment for Scene Documentation
Vehicle & Scene Photography
Vericom Tri-Axis Accelerometer Analysis
Witness & Client Interviews
Defective Product Analysis
Rapid Response Reconstruction & Investigation


FIRE ORIGIN & CAUSE INVESTIGATION
Case Evaluation
Structural Fires & Vehicular Fires
Industrial & Residential Sites
Identification of Origin & Cause
Failure Analysis & Products Liability
Collect, Analyze & Preserve Evidence
Buidling Codes Compliance/Violation
FMVSS Compliance/Violation
Depositon & Trial Testimony
Testing & Re-enactments
Effective Interviews
Detailed Reports

GENERAL INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES
Locate Witnesses
Verify Address, Phone, & Employment
Assets Investigation
Business Records Research
Court Records Research
Vehicle Title History
Driver’s License Searches
Professional License Searches

VEHICLE & EVIDENCE STORAGE
Covered & Secure
Small-Scale, Appliances, & Vehicles
Competitive Rates

CASE EVALUATION - MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS & INJURIES
Restraint Systems
Crashworthiness
Fuel Systems
Commercial Truck Accidents
Air Bags
Low Speed Impact
Rollovers

RESEARCH
Consumer Complaints
Asset Searches
Vehicle Specifications
Background Checks
NHTSA
Internet Investigation
TNRCC & EPA

ANIMATION & GRAPHICS
Computer Simulation
FARO Laser Scanning
FARO Reality
Adobe Photoshop
Technical Literature
EdSMAC EdCRASH
HVE 3-D & HVE-2D

MODEL BUILDING
Scale Models
Exemplar Models


Areas of Expertise

  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Asset Searches
  • Automotive
  • Black Box/Data Recorder
  • Bus & Truck Safety/Accident
  • Child Safety
  • Demonstrative Evidence/Exhibits
  • Driver Behavior
  • Electrical
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Explosions
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fire
  • Fuels
  • Mapping & Surveying
  • Oil & Gas
  • Private Investigators
  • Products Liability
  • Railroad
  • Safety
  • Seat Belts & Air Bags
  • Tires
  • Tractors
  • Traffic/Highway Safety

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: ACADEMIC EDUCATION
B. S.,Biology/Chemistry,New Mexico Highlands University
Texas A & M University
Undergraduate & Graduate Courses (80 Hours)
Certified Fire Explosion Investigator, CFEI
Certified Fire Investigator Instructor, CFII
Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, CVFI
MILITARY
U. S. Army 1971 - 1974
Surgical Research, Walter Reed Army Medical Center
Medical & Veterinary Team, Fort Benning, GA
Veterinary Team, K-9 Unit, Viet Nam
Surgical Research, William Beaumont Army Medical Center
LAW ENFORCEMENT
College Station Police Department, Reserve Officer
Police Academy Training - Accident Investigation, Routine Patrol

Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: National Assn. of Fire Investigators,NAFI, National Assn. of Fire Investigators,Board Member
Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, CVFI
Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator, CFEI
Certified Fire Investigation Instructor, CFII
National Safety & Transportation Institute, NSTI
National Safety & Transportation Ins., Board Member
National Assn. of Professional Accident
Reconstruction Specialists
Texas Assn. of Accident Reconstruction
Specialists, TAARS
Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE
Committee Accident Investigation Practices
Standards
Auto/Pedestrian Standards
Sectional Leader, Gulf Coast Chapter
American Society of Safety Engineers, ASSE
International Assn. of Fire & Arson
Investigators, IAAI
National Fire Protection Assn. NFPA
American College of Forensic Examiners, ACFE
Engineering & Technology Board
Diplomat, Chairman of Engineering &
Technology 2000
Continuing Education Committee and Editorial
Review Board
Texas Board of Private Investigators &
Private Security Agencies
Licensed Private Investigator # A09524
Texas Assn. of Licensed Investigators,Inc., TALI
National Assn. of Legal Investigators, NALI
Annual Seminars since 1989)
Certified Legal Investigator, CLI
Fire Investigation Assn. of Alberta, FIAA
(Chapter 38 IAAI)


Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Please refer to Curriculum Vitae
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 30 Years of experience, list available upon request.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Accident Reconstruction
Fire, Origin & Cause
Occupant Restraint Systems/Airbags
Nikon Total Station Digital Scene Surveys
Crash Data Retrieval (Black Box Data for Vehicles)
Case Evaluation - Vehicle Products Liability
Vehicle Assessment
Defects
Fuel Systems Integrity
Interior Flammability
Trucking Accidents
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 65%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 35%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Available upon request.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: November, 2004
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Available upon request.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Available upon request.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 20 years
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting and Investigation services related to Accident Reconstruction and Fire, Origin and Cause related to vehicles and structures. Services include case evaluation, vehicle and site inspections and documentation, digital scene surveys, computer animations and simulations, as well as Expert reports and testimony
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: Fee Schedule available upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Fee Schedule available upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Fee Schedule available upon request.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Fee Schedule available upon request.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Available upon request.

References

“Thanks to cam’s expert affidavit we defeated Ford’s motion for summary judgment, and thereafter negotiated a very favorable settlement for the client.”

Earl K. Cantwell, Attorney
Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.