Our Mission: To provide world class Fatal Fire Investigation training and other courses for investigators from Fire, Law Enforcement, and Coroner's Offices that incorporates a team concept that will result in a successful conclusion to the investigation.

John Madden


CFEI, Arson Investigator


Chief Executive Officer 


CEO John Madden is a 43 year veteran of the Fire Service. John began his career as a Reserve Fireman in 1968 after returning from Viet Nam and serving in the United States Navy. John spent the next 23 years in the capacity of Reserve Fireman, Fireman and ending his career as a Fire Engineer after an untimely back injury.

After moving from Thousand Oaks, CA to Paso Robles, CA. John was hired in 1990 by the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department as a Fire Inspector/Arson Investigator. During John’s career with SLOFD he received numerous commendations from State Legislators and Congressional leaders for his work at starting up the county wide arson task force known today as the San Luis Obispo Fire Investigator Strike Team as well as his many arrests and convictions of arsonists over his term of service, retiring in 2010.

After a case he worked with his partners with the San Luis Obispo Police Department and the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department in 2005, John developed what is known today as the world renowned “Forensic Fire Death Investigation Course” in 2008, that brings together investigators from all over the world in a multi-disciplinary environment to solve real life cases of a victim in a fire situation. This can be from a structure fire, vehicle fire or a roadside dump. Our students learn from one another how each discipline works to solve a difficult case of a victim who’s suffered from 3rd to 4th degree burns.