Michael Gavin

Fire investigator

26 years with the London Brigade, watch Commander level and as a specialist Fire Investigation Officer.

Investigated over 800 fire scenes – including the origin and cause of fires, determining the origin, how individuals had interacted with the fires, the assessment and evaluation of on-site conditions, identifying and collecting physical evidence, and preparing and presenting oral and written reports for the police, fire brigade senior management.

A member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), the United Kingdom Association of Fire Investigators (UK-AFI), and the Institute of Fire Engineers at Associate grade (AIFireE). He holds professional membership of Chartered Society of Forensic Scientists at Chartered Forensic Practitioner level.


“Fire Service National Promotion Examinations including Station Officer’s Examinations, 2004
LFB Fire Investigation Foundation Course, 2008
Gardner’s Practical Fire and Explosion Course, 2008
Metropolitan Police Service Forensic Awareness Course, 2008
Metropolitan Police Service Level 2 Interview Course, 2009
Evidence-based Development Program for Fire Investigation, signed as competent, Dr. Mansi 2009
Attended the Gardner’s Advanced Fire and Explosion Course, DeHaan, 2010
Level 5 Expert Witness Program, Bond Solon under Cardiff University, 2016
Masters Degree (MSc) in Fire Investigation with Distinction, University of Central Lancashire, 2019
IFE Associate membership, AIFireE, 2019
Knowledge 1 Series Certificates in Fire Dynamics, Vehicle Fires, IAAI 2020
ChFP(Fire) Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, 2020
Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, NAFI 2020
Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI 2021
Email: mgavin@rimkus.com
Phone: +44 (0) 749 649 2516
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