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Thomas J. Fee, C.F.I., P.I. (Certified Fire Investigator/Private Investigator Expert Witness)

(Certified Fire Investigator/Private Investigator Expert Background Info Summary)

Thomas J. Fee, C.F.I., P.I is a Certified Fire Investigator/Private Investigator Expert Witness who is a Certified Fire Investigator and a California Private Investigator who has been doing fire cause and origin investigations for over 40 years and has investigated 1000’s of fires. He retired as the Fire Chief of the Pomona Fire Department in 1989, where he served a total of 28 years.

Mr. Fee holds a lifetime California Teaching Credential and has taught classes at the college level in excess of twenty five years in the areas of Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention, Fire/Arson Investigation, Fire Death and Bomb Investigation. He also taught “Fire Cause and Origin” to firefighters at the Rio Hondo Fire Academy. As a member of the California Fire Chief’s organization, Mr. Fee was their representative for three years on the Governors Arson Task Force Committee.


(Certified Fire Investigator/Private Investigator Expert Bullet Points of Interest)

  • Past President – California Conference of Arson Investigators
  • Past President – International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Presented “Lifetime Membership Award” in May of 2009 – International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Presented a “Presidential Appreciation Award” 2011 – International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Presented the “President’s Award” 2012 – International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Member – International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators
  • Lifetime Member – California State Fireman’s Association
  • Past Member – Foothill Arson Control Team
  • Investigator of the Year – California We-Tip Organization (1982)
  • Fire Chief of the Year – California We-Tip Organization (1989)


(Certified Fire Investigator/Private Investigator Expert Final Words/Short Summary)

Mr. Fee have testified as an Expert Witness in California Municipal and Superior Courts as well as in the United States Federal Court in Explosives and Fire Cause & Origin. Overall, considering depositions, various types of hearings and court testimony, Mr. Fee has testified in excess of 800 times as an expert in his field of fire and bomb examination. He has an extensive background handling both criminal and civil investigations.

For years, Mr. Fee was a member of the California State Fire Training Advisory Curriculum Board for Arson Investigators and served as the chairman of the California Conference of Arson Investigators Education Committee. In that position, he participated in the development of the State Fire Training Curriculum for Fire and Arson Investigation Certification courses 1A, 1B, 2A and 2B.

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Published: February 4, 2023
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