Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee Conference 2017 Highlights

David Cheers Fifec

David Cheers presenting, Anatomy of Arson and Insurance Fraud, at FIFEC’s 25th annual convention in Orlando, FL.

Fifec 2017
From Left – CFI: Brian Brooks, SIU Investigator: Roger Dennis, FIFEC Historian: Ken Keebler

FIFEC Historian and Key Note Speaker, Ken Keebler, spoke about
25 years of FIFEC’s history.


FIFEC 2017 Conference Giveaway

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This year’s giveaway will be the most versatile tool in your investigation toolbox!

Fits in your wallet
Eyeglass Screwdriver
Bottle Opener
Letter Opener
Hex Wenches
Can Opener
Box Opener
Nail Puller
Inch and Centimeter Rulers
Cell Phone Stand
Lifetime Guarantee to Never Rust, Bend or Dull

Don’t forget to stop by our booth and say hello to David Cheers and our SIU Investigator, Roger Dennis!

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Join Our Team – Currently Accepting Resumes

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Jack Ward Fire Consultants is a Florida based consulting firm that conducts fire investigations within the United States and abroad. We are a team of investigators with over 120 years of combined experience. Our mission is to provide our clients with thorough investigations and timely reports to assist them with their claims process.  We offer outstanding customer service and the highest level of integrity.

 We are currently accepting resumes for experienced fire investigators in Southern or Central Florida.  The ideal team member will have a fire service background and significant fire investigative experience to include qualification as an expert witness in state and federal courts. IAAI-CFI or NAFI-CFEI required.  Above average technology and computer knowledge a must.

 We offer our team members a competitive salary and mileage reimbursement, benefit package to include medical, dental and vision insurance, 401K and paid time off.

Interested individuals wanting to join our team of professional, disciplined, focused team members should submit resumes and expert testimony case list to careers@jackwardfire.com.

2017 Hurricane Season Preparedness

Hurricane season

June marks the beginning of the 2017 Hurricane Season!

Forecasters at NOAA have predicted that the Atlantic coast could see another highly active hurricane season with 11 to 17 named storms. Of these, 5 to 9 could become hurricanes, including 2 to 4 major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; winds of 111 mph or higher). An average season has 12 named storms, with approximately 6 becoming hurricanes.

We have put together a list of helpful resources to make your preparations as simple as possible. It is never too early to have your homes and businesses hurricane ready.

NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheets
Emergency Response Plan
Hurricane Season Outlook
Hurricane Preparedness Tips


Honoring Those Who Served – Memorial Day Offices Closed

Memorial Day

Ronald Regan summarized the day best during his speech from Arlington Cemetery in 1968: “Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember.”

From all of us at Jack Ward Fire Consultants, thank you to all the men and women who have served in our nation’s military.  We extend our appreciation to those of you who have made incredible sacrifices out of love and devotion to our country. We can’t thank you enough. We would also like to thank the families of those that have fallen protecting our freedom.

Our offices will be closed Monday, May 29, and will reopen Tuesday, May 30.


The Success of SIU and Origin and Cause Units Working Together

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The insured hired a contractor to replace their worn shingled roof. When they returned home she smelled the odor of burning wood similar to when a circular saw blade binds up. They thought nothing of it as the roofers did replace some rotten decking. Around 2:30 a.m. they woke up and noticed a smoky haze throughout the house. The insureds exited their home, calling 911 and the roofing company. The fire department responded and extinguished the fire in the attic.

 An origin and cause investigation was conducted and an ignition source could not be located. The fire appeared to have been a smoldering fire that occurred between the sheetrock and the insulation over the bedroom. A detailed statement was taken from the insured regarding the roofing company and from the roofer recording the timeline of events the day of the fire. A copy of the contract for services was also obtained. A background search was conducted on the roofing company’s employees.

 The carrier placed the roofing company on notice and began their subrogation investigation. The carrier settled the insured’s claim for $83,248.11 and due to the comprehensive investigation, was able to recover $75,000 in subrogation costs. This exceptional result was accomplished by a joint team effort including the O&C investigator, the subrogation investigation (SIU) and the carrier’s identification and successful pursuit of subrogation.

David Cheers to Present at FIFEC Annual Seminar


We are pleased to announce that David Cheers will be presenting a class on the Anatomy of A Fire Investigation at the Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee’s Annual Seminar in Orlando, Florida. Be sure to stop by our booth and say hello to Jack Ward and our SIU Investigator, Roger Dennis.

June 7-9, 2017 at the Caribe Royal Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Registration begins at 8 AM.

Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee Seminar Information


Proud Sponsor of the Charleston Area Claims Association Quarterly Meeting


We are pleased to sponsor the Charleston Area Claims Association Meeting on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Erich Parker, Commercial Claims Manager with Nationwide Insurance, will be presenting on Large Property Loss Salvage Challenges starting at 5:30pm.

Our South Carolina based investigator John Stewart will be attending. Stop and say Hello!


Celebrating National Small Business Week-April 30 through May 6, 2017

national small business week

Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week. During this time period, the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners are recognized. 

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and create approximately  two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.

Thank you for supporting your hometown businesses.  We appreciate you!