South Carolina Insurance Fraud Investigators 2018 Fall Conference

Our Founder and Senior Fire Consultant, Jack Ward, will be presenting at this year’s
SCI-FI fall conference. Be sure to stop by the Jack Ward Fire Consultants booth, before or after the presentation to say hello to Jack and our South Carolina based Fire and Explosion Investigator, John Stewart.

Conference Information
November 7 – 9, 2018
Double Tree Resort by Hilton
3200 South Ocean Boulevard
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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Tom Angst – Expanding His Knowledge in Complex Fire Investigation

Continuing education is essential in the field of fire origin and cause investigations.  Jack Ward Fire Consultants takes pride in ensuring that our team of forensic fire investigators stay abreast of the latest industry trends and developments.

Our Ohio based Fire Investigator, Tom Angst, will be in attendance this week at the International Association of Arson Investigator’s (IAAI) Complex Fire Investigation for the Insurance Industry six-day training course in Huntsville, Alabama. Tom will receive valuable knowledge and continuing education credits from this course which includes, but is not limited to:

  • Civil vs Criminal Law Financial Investigations
  • Overview of Origin/Cause-Systematic Approach
  • Multi-Defendant Arson Insurance Fraud Case Study
  • Interaction of Insurance and Law Enforcement at Large Loss Fires
  • Electronic Data Collection
  • The Daubert Rule

During this week long program Tom will be able to apply new techniques he will learn during practical exercise investigations of complex arson, fraud and for-profit schemes. This program is presented in partnership with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and instructed by some of the industry’s most experienced and knowledgeable investigators.  This course will take place at the National Center for Explosive Training and Research (NCETR).

Be sure to check out the International Association of Arson Investigator’s website for future training opportunities.

All our investigators are committed to a “career-long learning” philosophy that enhances their knowledge and efficiency in the fire and explosion investigation industry. This is a philosophy that is shared throughout our company, helps each member of our team stay up to date on the newest investigative skills, and assures they can apply them to all losses, from marine and motor vehicles to residential and warehouses investigations. 

Are you committed to a “career-long learning” philosophy too?  Do you have a need for a local training program for your employees to gain valuable knowledge and continuing education credits?  Give us a call, 866-559-3476, we would be happy to present a program on or off-site for your employees.  Many subjects to choose from or we would be pleased to prepare a customized program on a fire origin and cause or special investigation topic of your choice.

After the Storm – Generator Safety Tips

The entire team at Jack Ward Fire Consultants is praying for each of our families, friends, employees, and clients to weather this hurricane without injury or property damage. In keeping with these positive thoughts, we wanted to share a few safety tips concerning generator use after Hurricane Michael.

  1. According to a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report over a 13 year period, 85% of non-fire related Carbon Monoxide (CO) deaths were the result of improper use of a generator. The following list can help keep you and your family safe from CO, Fire, and Electrocution.

  1. Be sure you have the accurate size generator to fit your needs. You need to confirm that the generator you are using or purchasing provides more amps than you need. Some appliances can pull three times the amount of run time power at start up.
    – Begin by adding up the power requirements of devices and appliances you            intend to use
    – Next add the wattage of all lightbulbs you want to power on.
    – Divide Watts by Volts to determine the total number of Amps you will need.
  2. Prevent Fire and Electrocution:
    – Ensure the generator is completely cool before refueling.
    – Keep fuel away from the generator to avoid ignition.
    – Keep the generator dry and avoid using it during raining or wet conditions if                  you do not have an open type canopy to keep it dry and avoid electrocution.
    – Plug appliances directly into the generator or use heavy-duty outdoor                      extension cords that are rated to carry more amps/watts than your appliance          requires.
    – Never “backfeed” your house by plugging a generator into an outlet. This                practice of trying to power the house by directing current back into the house               from the generator from an existing outlet is dangerous to you, your family,                  and utility workers trying to restore power back to your home.
  3. Avoid the Quiet Killer – Carbon Monoxide:
    – Never use a generator inside your home, garage, workspace, or any                      enclosed area. (opening doors and windows will not protect you and your              family)
    – Install CO alarms and check battery levels regularly.

For more helpful tips on generator safety visit the following links:



General Motors Recalls Over 53,000 Cadillac Sedans Due to Fire Risk

GM is recalling 2014-2016 Cadillac CTS vehicles. The heating mats in the front seats may be damaged over time, resulting in the seat heaters producing excessive heat. The seat heaters can turn on automatically when the vehicle is started remotely and then overheat causing a fire. 
General Motors has not yet provided a notification schedule. For more information contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for the recall is 18286.
You can also check your VIN for this recall by visiting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website HERE. 

FLIAAI – Annual Training Conference and General Meeting

Our Senior Fire Investigator, David Cheers, will be presenting, Investigation of Fuel Gas Related Fires, a round table discussion with Peter Layson, Bumper Moylan, and Kevin Hays.

Be sure to stop by the Jack Ward Fire Consultants booth and say hello to members of our Florida team at this year’s training meeting.

October 15 – 18, 2018
Sheraton Tampa East
10221 Princess Palm Avenue
Tampa, Florida 33610

David Cheers Presenting at 2018 FACAP – Arson Prosecutor Training Program


David Cheers was honored to present Understanding and Evaluating a Fire Scene Investigation, with Karl Morgan, Law Enforcement Major with the Florida Bureau of Fire and Arson, at the 2018 Florida Advisory Committee of Arson Prevention’s Arson Prosecutor Training Program. We would like to thank FACAP for including our Senior Fire Investigator in this year’s program.

2018 FACAP – Arson Prosecutor Training Program


Our Florida based, Senior Fire Investigator, David Cheers, will be presenting “Fire Scene Investigations” with, Florida State Fire Marshal, Karl Morgan, at the (FACAP) Florida Advisory Committee on Arson Prevention’s 2018 Prosecutor Training Program on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.




Training Information:
September 26-28, 2018
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Regional Training Facility
405 Pike Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33411

Nissan Recalls 215,000 Vehicles Due To Fire Risk

Nissan is recalling 215,000, 2017-2018 Murano, Maxima, Murano Hybrid, Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60. In some vehicles affected by this recall, the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) actuator may leak brake fluid. The leak can create an electrical short which may lead to a fire. Nissan suggests parking your vehicle outdoors, away from your home, until you can have it inspected and repaired. If the ABS warning light illuminates, for more than ten seconds after starting the engine, you should stop your vehicle immediately and call Nissan Roadside Assistance, 800-647-7261 (option 1), to have your vehicle towed to a dealership
at no cost to you.

To determine if your vehicle is affected you can enter the VIN at You can also contact Nissan Consumer Affairs at the number mentioned above.