Mr. Walter P Godfrey

Fire/Reconstruction Consultants, Inc.
P.O. Drawer 307
Cape Canaveral , FL 32920
Office: 321-868-7890
Fax: 321-868-0132

Introduction

We offer World Wide Independent Investigation to Determine the Origin & Cause of Fires & Explosions in Structures, Vessels & Vehicles by providing Fire & Explosion Investigators, Analysts, Experts & Forensic Engineers. We are retained in order to technically determine what occurred, how the loss, injury or wrongful death could have been avoided and who or what was at fault. Walter Godfrey is the President and has over 40 years of experience and specializes in Marine Investigation. We have conducted more than 1500 vessel fires along with Marinas & Shipyards and we can provide Underwater Origin & Cause Investigations of burned and sunken vessels. Our Failure Analysis Engineers are experts in Metallurigical, Electrical, Structural, Aerospacce, Mechanical & Fire Protection Engineering. Please go to our website at www.FireExpert.com to find exactly what you need and how we can help you or call us at 1-321-868-7890


Areas of Expertise

  • Accident Investigation
  • Accident Reconstruction
  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Architect Liability
  • Biochemistry
  • Boilers
  • Building Codes
  • Burn Injury
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemicals
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Combustion Engineering
  • Construction
  • Construction Damages
  • Construction Site
  • Consumer Products
  • Corrosion
  • Cruise Lines
  • Design Engineering
  • Electrical
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • Explosions
  • Facility Engineering
  • Failure Analysis
  • Fatigue
  • Fire
  • Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Firearms & Ballistics
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Forklifts
  • Fuels
  • Furnaces
  • Gas Turbine Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Hospital Design
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Ladders & Scaffolds
  • Lighting & Illumination
  • Machine Guarding
  • Mapping & Surveying
  • Marine Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgy
  • Microwave
  • Motorcycles
  • Oceanography
  • Oil & Gas
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Engineering
  • Safety
  • Safety Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Terrorism
  • Thermal Engineering
  • Tractors
  • Transportation Construction
  • Transportation Engineering
  • Transportation Safety
  • Trucking
  • Utilities
  • Video
  • Weapons
  • Wrongful Death

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Tallahassee Community College Law Enforcement, 1966 to 1969
Pinkerton's, Charlotte, N.C., Management Training & Fire Investigations,
1969 and 1970
Florida Minimum Standards for Police Officers, 1973
Florida State Fire Marshals Training Course, 1974
Miami Dade Community College- Arson Investigation, 1975
Miami Fire College- Arson and Catastrophic Occurrences, 1975
Valencia Community College- Arson Investigation and Malicious Uses of
Explosives, 1975-1976
Broward Community College- Instruments and Techniques of on Site Arson
Detection, Speaker, 1976
Florida State Arson Seminars, 1975-1989, 1992, 1997
PARCO Fire Investigation Seminar, 1978
Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention Seminars, 1978, 1981
International Symposium on Marine Salvage, 1984
International Association of Arson Investigators, International Seminar, 1984
Crealde School of Art- Photography, 1986-1988
National Association of Fire Investigators, National Training Seminars, 1985-1989
Joint NFPA/ NAFI Fire Investigators National Training Seminars, 1992,
1994, 2000-2002, 2004-2007
Fire Investigation Instructors Certification Course, University of Southern
Mississippi, 1989
National Conference on Fire Investigation Instruction, Director and Speaker, 1990
Side Scan Sonar Technician Training Course, 1991
Forensic Fire Science and Technology Laboratory Seminar, 1992
A.B.Y.C., Marine Accident Investigation Seminar, Speaker, 1993
Ft. Lauderdale Mariners Club Seminar, 1993, Speaker; 1994-2000, 2003,
2004, 2006, 2007
Tampa Bay Mariners Club Seminar, 1993, speaker; 1994, 2000
Mathematical Computer Fire Modeling Training Seminar, 1994, 2000, 2002, 2007
Fishing Vessel Safety School, 1994
Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Seminar, 1996
International Association of Marine Investigators Training Seminar, 1998, 2000
National Advanced Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation, Science and
Technology Program, Eastern Kentucky University, 1998
National Seminar on Fire Analysis Litigation, 1999-2001, 2004-2006
Undersea Exploration 99, 1999
Florida Joint Licensed Investigators Training Conference, 1999, 2000,
2002-2004, 2006
3rd International Seminar on Fire & Explosion Hazards, 2000
Insurance Investigations Seminar for Private Investigators, 2001
National Defense Investigators Association, National Training Seminar, 2003
FEMA, Community Emergency Response Team Training, 2003
Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council, Criminal Defense Investigation,
The Component Method, 2003
4th Annual Public Defenders Las Vegas Retreat, 2004
Life over Death Conference, Speaker, 2007
LICENSES:
Private Investigative Agency- License # A 8500056
Private Investigators- License # C 0001697
Agency Manager- License # MA 9100006
U.S. Coast Guard Licensed 100 Ton Master- License # 1082624


Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: PROFESSIONAL BOARDS:
National Association of Fire Investigators,
National Director
National Certification Board Member
City of Cape Canaveral
Code Enforcement Board
Florida Board of Certified Investigators
Director, 2006-2008
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:
National Association of Fire Investigators, National Director, National
Certification Board Member
International Association of Arson Investigators
Honorable Order of the Blue Goose International
South Florida Fire Safety Association, Charter Member
National Fire Protection Association; Fire Science & Technology Educator's
Section; NFPA-921 Technical Committee, Task Group on Marine Fire Investigations
Marine Technology Society
American Professional Captains Association
National Conference on Fire Investigation Instruction, Director
American Society of Testing and Materials
International Association of Caribbean Investigators
International Association of Marine Investigators
Mariners Club, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Florida Marine Intelligence Unit
The Historical Diving Society, USA
Florida Association of Licensed Investigators
Propeller Club of Cape Canaveral
World Association of Detectives, Inc.
The Criminal Defense Investigation Training Council
National Defense Investigators Association
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Appeared as a guest speaker for many civic and professional groups, as well as preparing and conducting numerous fire and explosion workshops for fire departments, law enforcement agencies, state attorneys' offices, insurance claims associations, insurance companies, national seminars and conferences and has participated in or conducted over 40 international seminars and in-house training programs.
Listed in Marquis Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Who's Who in Science and Industry, Who's Who in America, The International Biographical Society and The Center For Auto Safety.
Also listed in the American Society of Testing & Materials Directory of Scientific & Technical Consultants & Expert Witnesses.
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: Well over 1000
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Fire and Explosion Investigator
Fire and Explosion Consultant

We also provide complete Failure Analysis & Other
Services with top Forensic Engineers & Forensic Technicians:
Electrical
Metallurgical
Mechanical
Structural
Aerospace
Computer Fire Modeling
Accredited Laboratory for Chemical Analysis
Forensic Photography
Forensic Video
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 50%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 50%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Well over 1000
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2009
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 257 trials
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Fire Investigator, Walter Godfrey has been in 257 trials
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 44 years
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: The determination of Fires & Explosions
On site investigations,
Consulting,
Testing,
Chemical Analysis
We also provide complete Failure Analysis & Other
Services with top Forensic Engineers & Forensic Technicians:
Electrical
Metallurgical
Mechanical
Structural
Aerospace
Computer Fire Modeling
Accredited Laboratory for Chemical Analysis
Forensic Photography
Forensic Video
Fire Reconstruction Consultants, Inc. has experience with these types of investigations and more:
Residential:
Apartments
Methamphetamine Cook Facilities
Condominiums
Houses
Government Housing
Manufactured Homes
Commercial:
Abortion Clinics
Apartment Complexes
Banks
Barns
Boatyards
Business Complexes
Coal Mines
Condo Buildings
Construction Sites
Energy Companies
Flea Markets
Generating Plants
Hotels
Malls
Motels
Nightclubs
Office Buildings
Packing Houses
Power Companies
Power Systems
Restaurants
Shipyards
Vehicles:
Automobiles
Buses
Farming Equipment
Heavy Equipment
Jet Skis
Motor Homes
Semi trucks
Trucks



Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $225.00 per hour for Fire Investogators.
$225.00 to $375.00 for Engineers.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $225.00 per hour for Fire Investigators.
$225.00 to $375.00 per hour for Engineers.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $300.00 per hour for fire investigators.
$300.00 to $375.00 for Engineers
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $300.00 per hour for Fire investigators
$300.00 to $375.00 for Engineers
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: All out of pocket expenses,
Travel, airline tickets, $1.00 per mile, FedEx fees and the usual and customary expenses. See rate schedule and other documents on our web site www.FireExpert.com

References

References upon request.