Employee Spotlight: Jack Ward – Can’t Keep A Good Man Retired!

In 1970, some 48 years ago, Jack Ward began a career in the fire service that quickly propelled him into fire investigations as the Fire Marshal for the Hamilton, Ohio Fire Department. Since 1984, Jack has owned and operated the fire and explosion investigation company that is known today as Jack Ward Fire Consultants. Although the structure of the company has changed slightly over the years, Jack will always remain the Founder of a company with a worldwide reputation for quality and a relentless pursuit of the truth through a comprehensive investigation. Contrary to some rumors and innuendo, he has certainly not retired!



Today, Jack Ward remains busier than ever and continues to conduct fire scene investigations, manage catastrophic losses throughout the United States and consults with some of the nation’s most renowned attorneys on losses requiring a level of evaluation that only a pioneer in the industry with almost half a century of experience can provide. Jack works in the day-to-day operations at our company and, as always, reviews nearly every comprehensive report authored by any of our consultants.




Jack and his wife Dixie enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and chasing their canine babies through the countryside when they vacation in one of their favorite spots, Alaska. Their love of animals is exemplified in their work as volunteers and benefactors for the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens as well as benefactors in the arts through the Times-Union Center.



Join us in saluting the spotlight employee of Jack Ward Fire Consultants for the month of January, our Founder and currently working harder than ever Senior Fire Consultant, Jack Ward. Highlighting some of his many accomplishments, Jack has been repeatedly recognized by our industry and his peers through multiple awards. These include the International Association of Arson Investigators Past President plaque and Lifetime Membership Award, The IAAI Florida Chapter Lifetime Membership Award, The IAAI Ohio Chapter President’s Award and Past Director’s Award and most recently The Florida Chapter Guy E. “Sandy” Burnette Award. His continued work at fire scenes and continuing contributions to our industry just go to show, Great Fire Investigators Never Retire!

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May Your Days Be Merry And Bright – Offices Closed Christmas

The whole team at Jack Ward Fire Consultants would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas! We would like to take a moment and thank each of you for your business and friendship during this holiday season. Our offices will be closed Christmas Day while we are making memories with our families. We will reopen December 26th at 8:00 AM. We hope that you have a wonderful holiday with those that are special to you.

Proud Sponsor of the Bluegrass Claims Association Christmas Party

Tom Angst will be in attendance at this year’s Annual Christmas Party hosted by the Bluegrass Claims Association in Lexington Kentucky! If you are attending,  be sure to say hello to our Kentucky Fire Investigator.

All proceeds this year will benefit the Salvation Army Food Angel Tree!





Bluegrass Claims Association Christmas Party
Where: Hyatt Regency
401 W. High Street
Lexington, Kentucky
When: December 8, 2017
7:00 to 11:00


Welcome Ron Jarocha to the team at Jack Ward Fire Consultants!

After serving his country as a security police officer in The United States Air Force, Ron Jarocha began his career as a police officer in Pennsylvania, working for two city departments prior to his advancement into the Pennsylvania State Police in 1992. This move would begin what would become a 25 year career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. During this time period, Ron would perform a vast amount of law enforcement functions including investigations, interviews and interrogations. In 1994, Trooper Jarocha was awarded the rank of Criminal Investigator within the State Police, a position that encompassed the investigation of robberies, burglaries, homicides and related crimes across the state. In 1998, Ron advanced again, this time to the position of Fire Marshal within the State Police, and began what would become a long career as a fire and explosion investigator. During his tenure as a fire investigator, he was instrumental in the investigation of many high profile fire cases including arson for profit, arson for revenge and fire related homicides. Mr. Jarocha is a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) through the International Association of Arson Investigators, has instructed multiple times on fire investigation related topics, is published in several industry journals such as Fire Engineering and The Fire and Arson Investigator, and has been court qualified as an expert in the field of fire investigation.

Ron Jarocha, CFI
P.O. Box 40278
St. Petersburg, FL 33743

Honoring the Men and Women Who Have Served

Words cannot express the gratitude we have for all the men and women who have served in our nation’s military both past and present. Especially our Founder, Jack Ward and our Fire Investigator Ron Jarocha. We extend our appreciation to those of you who have made incredible sacrifices out of love and devotion for our country. Your service has protected our freedoms. We can’t thank you enough. We not only thank you, but also your families and friends for keeping the home fires burning while their loved ones served our country putting their lives on the line every day.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy