Joint FACAP & IASIU Florida Chapter Meeting

Jeff Merritt will be in attendance on October 19, 2017, in Orlando Florida, at the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention’s joint meeting with the Florida Chapter International Association of Special Investigation Unit. This meeting’s topic will be Fire In the Courtroom: Lessons Learned in the Heat of Battle and will also focus on civil arson case trials, policy conditions, and preservation of evidence.

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55th Annual Greater Cincinnati Regional Arson & Fire Investigation Seminar

We are pleased to announce that  David Cheers will be joining Peter Layson with Applications Engineering Group Inc, to present a class on Stove Top Grease Fires at the Greater Cincinnati Regional Arson & Fire Investigation Seminar.  Be sure to stop by and say hello to David and meet our Ohio based Fire Investigator, Tom Angst.

When:  October 26 and October 27, 2017
Where: Evendale Community Center
10500 Reading Road
Evendale (Cincinnati), Ohio 45241

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Jeff Merritt Is Back In OurTallahassee Office!

In 1981, Jeff began a law enforcement career and promoted to the rank of Lieutenant with the Taylor County Sheriff’s office where he began investigating fire related crimes. With the experience gained, he became a detective with the Florida State Fire Marshal’s office ten years later. During his time with the Bureau of Fire and Arson, he ascended through the ranks as a Special Operations Lieutenant, Regional Captain, and retired after 19 years with the division as Director of the State Fire Marshal’s office. Jeff has been instrumental in the investigation of homicides involving fire, serial arsons statewide and high profile incidents such as the City of Live Oak fire. He is the past president of the Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention and has been recognized by his peers for outstanding service and received the Charles P. LaCorte, Jr Fire Investigator Achievement Award from the Florida Fire Investigators Association. He is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators and is recognized by the courts as an expert in the field of fire investigation utilizing his vast knowledge in the private sector as a consultant on cases involving fire and explosions.

Jeff Merritt
P.O. Box 12414
Tallahassee, Florida 32317

NC/SC Chapter – IAAI Training Conference


Stop by the Jack Ward Fire Consultants’ booth and say hello to John Stewart, our South Carolina based Origin and Cause Investigator, at the 21st Annual North Carolina/South Carolina Chapter IAAI Training Conference.

When: October 16 – 20, 2017
Where: Crown Reef Resort
2913 South Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, SC

Register Here

Be sure to leave your business card to be entered into this year’s giveaway!
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Florida Chapter IAAI ATC and General Meeting

Visit the Jack Ward Fire Consultants’ booth at this year’s Florida Chapter International Association of Arson Investigators Annual Training Conference. Say hello to our Founder Jack Ward, Senior Fire Consultant, David Cheers, our Fire Investigators John HaightBrian Brooks, and the newest member of our team, Ron Jarocha.

Conference Information:
Sheraton Tampa East
10221 Princess Palm Avenue
Tampa, FL

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Florida Property and Casualty Insurance Fraud Task Force Meeting this Thursday

Jack Ward Fire Consultants’ SIU Manager, Roger Dennis, will be in attendance at the Insurance Fraud Task Force Meeting on Thursday, October 5, 2017.

This meeting will focus on insurance fraud related to Hurricane Irma.

Date: October 5, 2017
Time:  8:30 AM
Location:  Orlando Marriott
Address:   1501 International Pkwy
Lake Mary, FL  32746

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Complimentary Boo Bash – Business Appreciation Night

Jack Ward Fire Consultants is proud to be a sponsor of the Boo Bash Business Appreciation Night at the Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park. Our Ohio Based CFI/CFEI, Tom Angst, will be there, so be sure to give him a fright!

 Where – Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park
8762 Thomas Road
Middletown, Ohio 45042

 When – Saturday, September 30th, 2017
Time – 8:00 pm- 2:00 am
For complimentary tickets contact Tom Angst
Only a limited number of tickets are available.


Hurricane Irma

A note to our professional friends, colleagues, and clients. Hurricane Irma has now made multiple landfalls and continues its trek northward through the state. We pray that you are each safe and have suffered only minimal damage if any at all. Our team members on the West coast of Florida continue to ride out the storm and we are praying for each of them.  

With the unknowns concerning electrical and telephone services, should you not be able to reach us through our toll free loss line, please feel free to contact our satellite office in Ohio directly at 513-827-8980. Your loss information will be gathered and an available investigator will be dispatched.

Once the storm has cleared, rest assured that we stand ready to assist you with fire and explosion losses as well as SIU investigations as needed. We look forward to assisting with recovery from this powerful natural disaster.


Blaze’s Travels: Georgia On His Mind

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Blaze was caught trying to hitch a ride to a structure fire in Fulton County, Georgia! The bunker gear was just a little too heavy for his little doggy paws and there was no room for his tail.

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Luckily they caught the little rascal before he could get into any more mischief. But before they got back to the station he had run off again! I wonder where he is going to end up next?