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Detective Lieutenant John
Q. Flashover, Ohio State Police
Commanding Officer, Fire & Explosion
Ohio State Fire Marshal's Office
1 State Capitol Square
Anytown, OH 12345-6789
Office: (999) 555-5555
1976-1979 Electrical Contractor. Bob's Electrical
and HVAC Repair. Sometown, OH. Duties as a licensed journeyman electrician
included on-site wiring & maintenance of electrical systems and evaluation
and repair of HVAC systems.
1979-1983 Ohio State Police - Uniformed Patrol
1983-1986 Detective Division, Ohio State Police.
Assigned to Violent Crime Unit. Duties included the investigation of homicides
in cooperation with municipal, state and federal law enforcement and authorities
in adjoining states.
1986-1990 Lieutenant, Ohio State Police. Assigned
to the Capitol City Arson Task Force participating in fire and explosion
investigations as a member of the Capitol City Fire & Police, state
police and AFT joint agency arson task force. Duties involved the investigation
of fires & explosions origin and cause determination, on-scene investigation
including witness interviewing, crime scene photography and post-scene follow-up
investigation. Specialized in the elimination of accidental electrical causes.
Lead investigator in the Walford Mills fire and the Fun 'N Fancy arson fraud
1990-1996 Lieutenant, Ohio State Police. Assigned
to the Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit, State Fire Marshal's Office.
Duties included assisting municipal, state and federal fire investigators
within the Central County jurisdiction on a 24 hour basis with investigation
of fire & explosion incidents including origin and cause determination,
on-scene investigation to include witness interviewing, fire scene photography
& evidence technician specialist and post-scene follow-up investigation.
In 1991 became a member of the specialized joint agency post - blast investigation
unit. Developed a secondary specialty in interrogation. Worked on an average
of 60 fire/arson cases per year. Six year county arson case-clearance rate
average of 52% resulting in an average of 25 convictions for arson and arson-related
crimes per year.
1996-present: Detective Lieutenant and Commanding
Officer, Fire & Explosion Investigation Unit, State Fire Marshal's Office.
Principle duty involves daily supervision of 20 State Fire Marshal investigators
working within organized fire & arson investigation teams along with
municipal and federal authorities statewide. Secondary duties include assigning
& reviewing case reports, overseeing budgeting and fiscal management
of the Unit & training. Major achievements included instituting new
"team approach" for cooperation with local fire service and police
and ATF investigators, refitting Fire Marshal response vehicles with new
investigative tool kits & support equipment and creating professional
development plans for all Unit investigators.
Graduated Worthington Senior High School in Hometown,
OH in June 1976.
Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from Essex
College in Anytown, OH.
- IAAI Certified Fire Investigator (CFI). Certification
received in 1987. Renewed in 1992 and 1997.
- Attended National Fire Academy 2 week course,
"Fire and Arson Investigation" in September of 1985.
- Attended Middlesex County Community College 1
semester 3 credit course, "Investigation of Fires" in the Spring
semester of 1986.
- Attended National Fire Academy 2-week course,
"Management for Arson Prevention and Control" in April of 1989.
- Attended State Arson Investigators Association
in-service school on "Post-Blast Investigation" in May of 1991.
- Trained in the "Carson method" of witness
interviewing at 1 week inservice given by Johnson & Smith in March
- Attended Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
2 week course, "Advanced Arson-for-Profit Investigation" in October
- Attended Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
2 week course, "Advanced Cause and Origin/Court Techniques" course
in March of 1998.
Flashover, John Q. "Zap! Electrical Hazards
at the Fire Scene." Published in Where There's Smoke...A Quarterly
Journal on Fire. July 1992.
Flashover, John Q. ""Is that a Spark
I See Before Me?: The Elimination of Accidental Fire Causes.""
Published in Electrical and Appliance Fire Newsletter. March 1994.
Flashover, John Q. and Burns, Paul C. "TQM
and the Interagency Team Concept: Lessons for Commanding Officers."
Published in Management and Investigation Monthly. November 1998.
Currently contributing a chapter on incendiary
fires made to look like electrical accidents to "Case Studies in Cause
and Origin." Edited by Mary Flaming. Book forthcoming from Roaring
Technical Press in late 1999.
International Association of Arson Investigators
National Association of Fire Investigators
National Association of State Police Officers
Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Expert Testimony Experience
Investigated over 800 fire cases since 1986. Have
made origin and cause determinations in about 75-80% of these cases. Have
been called to give sworn testimony about 160 times. Qualified as Expert
Witness in 102 cases since 1986 in state and federal court jurisdictions
throughout Ohio. List available upon request.