- Any private investigator who conducts fire or arson investigations in the state of KY shall be:
- Licensed in accordance with KRS 329A.025 (as a private investigator); and
- Certified by the National Association of Fire Investigators (“NAFI”) or the International Association of Arson Investigators (“IAAI”) as a fire and explosion investigator.
- Upon revocation of his or her certification by either the NAFI or the IAAI, a private investigator who conducts fire or arson investigations shall cease the practice of fire or arson investigations.
- Fire or arson investigation by a licensee under this chapter shall be prohibited without certification.
Choose the Right Captain for Your Expert Team By: Emily Faith, JD, Account Executive - Litigation Support When you represent a Plaintiff or a Defendant in a fire case with a large value or exposure, you may need a team of experts to present your case or defense on issues of liability. You will absolutely need the best available fire investigator to determine the origin and cause of the fire. The skilled investigator will not only be adept at reaching conclusions by meticulously following the scientific method, but will also alert you to the need for additional experts who are required to investigate, test and analyze suspected electrical and/or mechanical causes of the fire. A superior fire investigator will also have the experience and contacts within the necessary fields of expertise in the scientific community, to not only recommend the additional experts you need for your case, but to also reach out to those professionals and assemble the team of experts that can work together to present your claim or defense. To engage such an investigator, you will want to begin by reviewing the certifications and licenses that a fire investigator must have in the location of the subject fire. Every state has legal requirements for a person to be licensed to perform fire investigation. Before you engage the services of any investigator, ensure that he or she is legally qualified to undertake the origin and cause investigation. As an example, the state of Kentucky requires that a fire/arson investigator maintain a private investigator license and the applicable statute for the Kentucky requirements is as follows: Kentucky Revised Statute 329A.095 Licensure for private investigators conducting fire or arson investigations.