Randolph J. Harris, B.S.Ch.E, C.F.E.I., C.V.F.I. - Fire and Explosion Expert

Experience and Education
Randolph Harris is a seasoned fire investigator with more than 30 years of professional experience. Mr. Harris has investigated more than 2,500 incidents. Mr. Harris has been called as an expert witness in more than 160 cases involving fire, arson and explosion investigations, laboratory testing and analysis, carbon monoxide poisoning and chemical analysis.
Randolph Harris has handled numerous subrogation and product liability cases. In addition to his fire experience, Mr. Harris is a specialist in carbon monoxide poisoning and gas explosions. In his career, he has investigated and analyzed fires with diverse cause and origins.

"My goal is for my clients to understand the technical issues as well as I do, so that they can ask the correct questions." - Randy Harris

Selected Works

Experience and Education
  • 1985 - Present Fay Engineering Corp. - Fire Reconstructionist
  • 1984 Thatcher Chemical Company - Chemical Engineer 
  • 1984 University of Utah - Research Assistant

Professional Status and Education

  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator
  • 1983 - 1984 University of Utah (32 hours toward M.S. Degree - Graduate - Studies in Materials Science 
  • 1985 - Present Fay Engineering Corp. - Fire Reconstructionist

  • Chemical Engineer specializing in the field of fire, arson and explosion investigation, origin and cause determination and all aspects thereof.
  • Expertise in carbon monoxide poisoning, natural and propane gas systems, testing and analysis of equipment.
  • Knowledge of hazardous materials, chemical plant operations, well sites, fire standards and safety codes.
  • Experienced in chemical problem analysis and materials testing.
  • Computer simulation of fires. Court qualified.
  • 1978 - 1982 State University of New York at Buffalo - B.S. Chemical Engineering

Special Training
  • Advanced Arson Seminar - 1986, Denver Fire Dept. (40 hour course with final examination)
  • Fire and Explosion Investigation Seminar - 1986
  • Metropolitan Arson Investigators Association (40 hour course with final examination)
  • Fire and Explosion Investigation Seminar - 1987 Metropolitan Arson Investigators Association (2 days of field work)
  • Technical Fundamentals for the Fire Investigator - 1990 The College of Engineering University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Heating Equipment Service Seminar- 1994 Rheem Manufacturing - The Learning Center (40 hour semester long course with final examination)
  • Rocky Mountain Region Advanced Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation Training Program. - 1995
  • Gas and Electrical Appliance Fire Investigation Seminar - 1995
  • "Barker and Herbert Analytical Laboratories, Inc. (Laboratory experience with final examination)
  • "Introduction to Fire Science" Community College of Denver (40 hour semester long course)
  • "Fire/Arson Investigation" Community College of Denver (40 hour semester long course)
  • "The Chemistry of Arson and Explosives Metropolitan State College (40 hour semester long course)
  • NFPA - 921 Training Seminar - 1997 by The National Fire Protection Association and Aurora Fire/Rescue * Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
  • Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques - 1998 by Stan Walters
  • National Fire Protection Association World Safety Congress and Exposition - 2000
  • Investigation of Vehicle Fires Seminar by Lee S. Cole and Associates - 2000 National Association of Fire Investigation
  • National Seminar on Fire Analysis Litigation - 2003
  • Defense Research Institute Fire and Casualty Seminar - 2005
  • Defense Research Institute Fire and Casualty Seminar - 2007
  • Completed a fire investigation training course furnished by the National Fire Protection Association

Propane Seminars
  • Certified Propane Handler by the National Propane Gas Association
  • Gas Training and Development and The Propane Education and Research Council - 1998
  • Basic Principles and Practices (2 days with test)
  • Inspecting, Re-qualifying, Filling, and Transporting Small Propane Containers (1 day with test)