Welcome to Fire Science Investigations

NFPA 921 defines “Fire Science” in part as: The body of knowledge concerning the study of fire and related subjects and their interaction with people, structures and the environment.
Fire Science Investigations has utilized this definition as a benchmark from which our services are founded and based.
“By conducting thorough, methodical scene investigations, FSI is able to provide our clients with meaningful insight; to what can be confusing problems.”
Fire Science Investigations has had extensive success with presenting technical facts and findings in a thorough understandable format, which benefits our clients and is easily translated to jurors.

FSI has been providing qualified, expert origin and cause analysis

of fire and explosion scenes for over 20 years.

Mark Schockman

Lead Investigator

Mr. Schockman travels throughout the continental United States to evaluate and analysis loss sites for insurance carriers, law firms, and manufacturers.

Specializing in fire origin and cause, and specifically, incidents involving liquid propane, Mr. Schockman possesses significant, in-depth knowledge of fire science, which has been court tested and qualified.

With years of experience, high levels of education, multiple certification and affiliations, Mr. Schockman is a high caliber professional and an expert in the field of fire and explosion investigation.

Mark Schockman | Professional Achievements
Private Fire Investigations with:

  • Fire Science Investigations
  • Engineering & Fire Investigations
  • ABS Fire Investigations
  • Public Fire Service Career:
  • Captain – Emergency Ops/Investigations – Lebanon Fire Department
  • Fire Lt/Investigator – Miamisburg Fire Department
  • Fire Chief – Clearcreek Fire District
  • FF/PM/FSI – Washington Twp. Fire Department
  • LT/PM – West Carrollton Fire Department


  • Industrial Electronics/Control Systems Degree
  • Emergency Services Administration Degree
  • Attended Ohio State Fire Academy
  • Attended National Fire Academy

Specialized Education:

  • Fire Cause and Origin Investigations
  • Hazardous Materials Operations/Incident Scene Management
  • Fire/EMS Incident Command Systems
  • Confined Space Entry/Below Grade Entry Operations


Professional Affiliations:

  • National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • International Association of Special Investigations Units


  • Certified Fire Investigator (C.F.I.) – IAAI
  • Certified Fire/Explosion Investigator (C.F.E.I) – NAFI
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (C.V.F.I.) – NAFI
  • Fire Cause and Origin Investigator – State of Ohio
  • Fire Code Inspector – State of Ohio
  • Certified Paramedic
  • Hazardous Materials – Operations
  • Hazardous Materials – Technicians
  • Hazardous Materials – Incident Commander
  • State Fire Instructor

Court Qualifications:

  • Expert Witness – Fire Origin and Cause Analysis
  • US Federal District – Cincinnati, Ohio
  • State of Ohio
  • State of Indiana
  • State of Kentucky
  • State of Missouri
  • Over 20 Expert Testimonies Nationwide

U.S. Fire Statistics for 2014

According to the National Fire Prevention Association


Fires Reported in the U.S.

Fire Related Fatalities

Fire Related Injuries

Dollars in Property Loss



FSI is Proud to be Affiliated with these Fine Organizations


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