Speaker: Andy Berasley, CFEI, CVFI, IAAI-FIT; Fire Investigator

Andrew Berasley is a certified fire investigator with the responsibility of managing and conducting vehicle fire investigations for Fire Cause Analysis. His years of experience include owning and operating his own auto repair facilities & collision company where he was directly responsible for mechanical issues on vehicles, trucks and heavy equipment. He currently works with law firms and the insurance industry, providing investigations and additional services in all fire-related disciplines including Fire Testing and Auto Related Mechanical & Electrical Studies. In addition, Mr. Berasley has given deposition and trial testimony in both civil and criminal cases.
Andrew Berasley is also responsible for all aspects of evidence recovery, handling & storage, and documentation of evidence, including supervising collection and evidence chain of possession at FCA’s facilities in Northern & Southern California and Arizona.

Speaker: KC Hester, CFI; Fire Investigator
KC Hester has over 15 years of professional experience in the fire service, serving in various capacities. He is a fire investigator with Fire Cause Analysis. He is also a certified forensic fire investigator with National Code Service Association. KC is a member of the Orange County Regional Arson Task Force and a terrorism liaison officer with the Fountain Valley Fire Department. He is an active member of the International Association of Arson Investigators, National Code Service Association, and California Conference of Arson Investigators. Mr. Hester is a California State Fire Marshal’s Office certified level II fire investigator and certified fire officer.

Mr. Hester is qualified to investigate fire scenes and explosions, locate the seat of the explosion or point of origin, determine the cause, and collect and record samples for laboratory analysis. Prepare investigation reports containing cause and origin analysis, witness statements, photographs, diagrams, and video when required, along with any other additional components. Conduct complete background investigations, surveillance, interview witnesses and is capable of giving expert testimony as to the results of these investigations. Conduct hazardous materials investigations of fires, spills, leaks and illegal discharges. A systematic approach using the Scientific Method as outlined in NFPA 921 is utilized when performing fire scene investigations.

TOPIC: Vehicle Arson Investigations Dont Get Burned

This program utilizes visually compelling fire cases to illustrate effective vehicle forensic fire investigation involving:  Private Passenger Vehicles, Recreational Vehicles, Trucks, and Heavy Equipment.  The insurance claims professional’s responsibilities include the demanding challenge of evaluating the technical abilities of experts. They aren’t expected to be experts.  They are expected to use good judgment and working with evaluating experts.  This workshop is designed to provide thoughtful understanding among claims professionals to provide some tools and perspective to cost effectively utilize experts in the context an arson investigation without getting burned !


Thursday, August 2, 2018 – (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Biography of Speaker*:  Brian Farnsworth is a Detective Sergeant for the Computer Forensics Team at California Department of Insurance Enforcement Branch.  He is also assigned to the Sacramento Valley Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force.  As the computer forensics team leader, he specializes in cell phone and computer f

TOPIC: Social Media

Social Media is revolutionizing how the world does business, discovers and shares news, and instantly engages with friends and family. Social media evidence includes, among other things, photographs, status updates, a person’s location at a certain time, and direct communications to or from a person’s social media account. This presentation will examine the importance of social media in investigations and criminal litigation, including access to and use of social media evidence in court.