Evidence Collection: Take or Leave It? A Cost Benefit Analysis for Subro & Product Liability

When:  Sep 28, 2021 from 13:00 to 14:00 (ET)

This webinar will explore what are the cost vs. risk benefits of taking evidence from the fire scene or simply leaving it in place for later inspection, analysis, and collection. A wise friend of mine once said “when your remove evidence from the fire scene, it loses 80% of its value.” Though I agree with my friend’s statement, it could also be worth nothing at all if that evidence is left behind to be tampered with, damaged, or worse, stolen. Take it or leave it?  This webinar will dive into both the public and private side of fire origin and cause investigation, with emphasis on subrogation as it pertains to product liability and the effects on a successful outcome of your fire loss. Though this will not be an evidence collection course, we will touch on suggestions for proper evidence collection, storage of evidence, and the relationship between you, your evidence and all “interested” parties involved.

Donnie Roe is the Founder/President and Director of Operations of Fire Investigation Industries. He is a retired Fire Battalion Chief and was the Fire Investigation Unit Supervisor/Manager with his previous agency. After 23 years in the fire service, he started Fire Investigation Industries, LLC in 2015.  He has 28+ years of Fire and Fire Investigation experience and has investigated over 750+ fires of various types, size, and cause.


He is a Certified Investigator (CFI) and Evidence Collection Technician (ECT) through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI). He is also a Fire Investigator II through the California State Fire Marshal’s Office and has attended Fire investigation training through the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He has an associate degree in Fire Technology, is a Firefighter Academy Graduate from Santa Ana College, and currently a Senior at Columbia Southern University in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration/Fire Investigation.


Michelle Givvin
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