Curriculum Vitae

Thomas A. Pierce, IAAI–CFI

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Areas of Specialization

Fire & Explosion Investigations, Chimney and Woodstove Venting and Fire Causation, Commercial Kitchen Fires and Commercial Pyrotechnics.

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Background and Professional Experience

Mr. Pierce has over 25 years of firefighting experience. He currently holds the position of Senior Fire Investigator and owner of Pierce Fire Investigations, Inc. During the course of Mr. Pierce's career, he has participated in over 1,500 origin and cause investigations including, vehicle, structures, chimneys and vegetation fires. He has accumulated 18 years' experience as a solid fuel contractor and inspector and was a regular contributor to "Ask the Expert" in the field of chimney and wood stove codes and safety.

Mr. Pierce currently serves on the Technical Committee for the NFPA 211 Standards for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents and Solid Fuel- Burning Appliances.

Mr. Pierce serves the fire investigation community as the immediate Past President of the California Conference of Arson Investigators.

Mr. Pierce was recently accepted to the Expert Witness Panel in the category of Fire Investigation for the Superior Court of Los Angeles California.

Mr. Pierce is well versed in the field of commercial pyrotechnics and has just celebrated his 35th year in the industry.

Mr. Pierce has recently been retained by Phil Ackland and Associates as an instructor in the field of Investigating Commercial Kitchen Fires and as their lead Fire Investigator.

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Specialized Training

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Professional Experience

2015- Present
Instructor, Investigating Commercial Kitchen Fires, Phil Ackland & Associates

2011- Present
Fire Investigator/Owner, Pierce Fire Investigations, Inc., Bakersfield, Ca.

2004- 2011
Origin and Cause Investigator, Training Officer, Fire Cause Analysis, Bakersfield, Ca.

2002-2004
Reserve Deputy, Correctional Officer, Inyo County Sheriff's Department, Independence, CA.

1980-2002
Fire Investigator, Fire Fighter, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Prevention Coordinator, Bishop Volunteer Fire Department, Bishop, CA.

1982-2000
Chimney Sweep - Owner/Operator - Ye Olde Chimney Sweep, Bishop, CA. Solid Fuel Contractor - Educator of fire prevention safety programs, inspections for real estate and insurance companies. Conducted over 10,000 chimney inspections.

1980-Present
Pyrotechnician, Pyro Spectaculars, Rialto, CA. California State Licensed pyrotechnic Operator #122-02

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Professional Certifications

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Awards

Firefighter of the Year, Bishop Volunteer Fire Department 1997

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Professional Affiliations

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Professional Licenses

Thomas A. Pierce, IAAI -CFI
5004 Greenbrier Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93306
(661) 619-3702

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Professional References

Tom Fee, Fire Investigator
Fee Fire Investigations
1279 N. White Ave
Pomona, Ca. 91768
(909) 865-5994

Robert E. Wall, Attorney
Grunsky Law Firm
240 Westgate Drive
Watsonville, Ca. 95076
(831) 722-2444

Guy Lyons, Claims Specialist
Farmers HPCS
P.O.Box 268994
Oklahoma City, OK 93126
(626)222-5791

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