With more than a decade of experience as a fire investigator, Russ Wilson, IAAI-CFI, serves as a project manager in our Investigative Group. He leads all fire investigative efforts across Indiana and Kentucky, and is in the process of finalizing licensure in Ohio and Illinois.
With experience working for both private and public organizations including both local fire departments and private investigative firms, Russ also brings a unique perspective to clients. He helps bridge the gap of communication for all agencies involved, including fire department investigators, law firms, and insurance companies. Russ considers himself a storyteller, providing complete investigations for clients, delivering a clear understanding of a fire’s origin and cause. With Wilson, clients get the story behind the fire.
“Ultimately, I just want to help people who have suffered a terrible loss and are going through a rough time in their life,” said Russ. “Even if I can help them in one small aspect and provide hope, I’ve done my job.”
Wilson began his career in 1996 and has since investigated over 1,000 fires and explosions involving incendiary cause, large loss, commercial structures, heavy equipment, vehicle fires, fire death investigation, fraud, and subrogation. He’s provided fire origin and cause determination resulting in a subrogation claim against an installer, recovering over $1.4 million. He’s also investigated a large residential fire loss of incendiary cause, resulting in denial of coverage for a $1.2 million claim.
Russ’ expertise is outlined in a recent online publication named Claims Magazine. In an editorial titled “Shoveling Your Way to Origin and Cause: The Importance of Removing Debris to Understand Fire Patterns,” Russ argues that a hands-on approach using rakes and shovels to remove debris, coupled with the scientific method, will lead you to the true origin and cause.
Russ’ services are available to the self-insured, utility companies, insurance companies, legal professionals, and manufacturers.