Firensics is dedicated to providing quality forensic investigations for all types of fire and explosion incidents.

We conduct fire and explosion examinations with a systematic and proven scientific approach, in accordance to National Fire Protection Agency; NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigators, and NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator; and are certified as such. We act in a professional manner supportive of the General Insurance Code of Practice 2021, and conduct our investigations, initial updates and reports in a timely manner.

Origin and Cause Investigations

Each fire and explosion is an individual event and no two fire or explosions are the same. Therefore, expert knowledge, experience, safety and flexibility is required to attend the incident site as soon as possible to complete a forensic fire scene examination.

We are specialists in large loss structural fires where complex excavation and make-safe is required. Having a construction background allows us to work with builders to safely dismantle a structurally unsafe building and mitigate further damage and loss to potential evidence. 

Structural Fires

  • Residential
    • Dwellings
    • Multi-storey apartment buildings
  • Commercial
    • Offices
    • Workshops
    • Factories
    • Retail Outlets
    • Warehouse
    • Restaurants 

Vehicular Fires

  • Passenger Vehicles
  • Transport Vehicles
  • Plant Equipment
  • Rural Equipment and Machinery
  • Marine Vessels
  • Specialty Vehicles
    • Caravans and Motorhomes
    • Ride-On Lawn Mowers

Workplace Fires

  • Workplace Incidents
  • Construction/Demolition
  • Commercial Cooking
  • Spontaneous Combustion
  • Manufacturing
  • Crop Fires
Unattended cooking activities
Lack of maintenance
Non-compliant kitchen exhaust systems
Incorrect appliance installations or use
Appliance failure
Product recalls – faulty design
Failed components
Aftermarket/auxiliary components
Incorrect installations
Faulty repairs
Lack of maintenance
Product recalls – faulty design
Non-compliant electrical goods
Incorrect or improper usage
Failed components
Lithium batteries
Photovoltaic/Solar Systems
Chemical reaction
Gas or fuel leaks
Insurance fraud
Crime concealment
Revenge attack
Juvenile fire setting
Construction accidents – Hot Work
Spontaneous combustion
Faulty workmanship
Poor practices and procedures
Lack of Maintenance

We organise experimental analysis which may be pertinent to a specific matter. The scientific method must form the basis for any fire investigation. The Scientific Method involves seven steps. The most important could be considered the penultimate step – Test the Hypothesis. In testing any scientific hypothesis, research and experimentation (recreating the fire) may be necessary. Ongoing research also makes scientific principles more robust over time. 


The documentation, packaging, storage and continuity of evidence is a vital aspect of any forensic investigation. A lack of any of these aforementioned steps can make essential physical evidence inadmissible, which can be extremely detrimental in any legal proceedings.

Our evidence collection, scene recording, note taking and report writing are based on proven methods, as outlined in Australian Standard AS 5388 – Forensic Analysis, and National Fire Protection Agency, NFPA 921, Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.

Our fire scene photography is internationally award winning – IAAI Photography Award Winner, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Commonly, the root causes of thermal incidents are due to a failure of compliance, code or standard, which are ultimately part of the risk management systems designed to prevent a thermal incident or catastrophic incident from occurring. We consider compliance issues when conducting our fire investigations, and the impact these issues may have on future fire prevention, underwriting, liability and recovery matters.

“Change is the only constant in Life.” – Heraclitus

The one thing you can’t change, is change itself. Experts or specialists should constantly be learning, with ongoing training and education.

An expert fire investigator’s role is to support their industry by supporting others, including other Fire Investigators, The Insurance Industry, Police and Fire Departments, The Legal System, Public Service, and also the General Community as a whole.

We pride ourselves on being certified forensic fire investigation experts, having given expert testimony and authored many expert opinion reports. We possess the knowledge, experience, qualification and ethical standards to provide expert witness evidence.

We understand that a fire incident is a very traumatic event for any person or business. They become victims of fire. We take our responsibility in determining the origin and cause of a fire very seriously, as we understand that the outcome of our investigations can impact the outcomes for stakeholders and their clients. Ultimately, our purpose is to provide closure to all involved.

We will always conduct our investigations with impartiality, fairness and fulfilment with the Expert Witness Code of Conduct.

We offer case review services on all types of thermal incidents. This may include wrongfully accused, or civil disputes pertaining to liability or recovery litigation.

A second opinion may identify deficiencies in the initial investigation, or alternatively, it can confirm that the opinions expressed from the initial investigation were supported. We provide impartial opinions; we will not advocate for one party over another.

Each case received and accepted is individually assessed. 

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