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Fire Fatalities - Know the Code

  • 10 Apr 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Monterey Hill Restaurant, 3700 Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park, CA 91754


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Fire Fatalities - Know the Code

Date: April 10, 2017 


11:30AM: Networking 

12:00PM: Introductions and lunch

12:30PM:  Presentation 

1:30PM:  Conclusion of Meeting 


Robert Rowe, Pyrocop, Inc.


On December 8, 2006, fire erupted on the first floor of an occupied unit of a large apartment building in Long Beach California, trapping occupants on the floors above the fire and killing two adults attempting to escape. The incident is captured on video as it happened by trapped occupants.

 Of the multiple factors fire investigators must consider when conducting a fire investigation, one factor that is often overlooked is the importance of incorporating the fire prevention division into the investigation to determine if any violations of the fire code, or the building code existed at the time of the fire. The successful outcome of your investigation may depend on your knowledge of the fire and building code, and the resources and expertise you already have at your fingertips to accomplish this task.

 This presentation will discuss the following:


  1. The importance of incorporating code experts into your initial investigation.
  2. Which code applies to the investigation?
  3. Injury, death and fire spread. Is there a link to the fire or building code?
  4. Incorporating code provisions into your report using NFPA 921.
  5. Legal issues, discovery requests and prosecution review.


Robert Rowe began his fire service in 1980 where he promoted up through the ranks from Firefighter to Deputy Fire Marshal. As Deputy Fire Marshal, Robert managed the Fire Prevention/Investigation Division of the Downey Fire Department where he obtained extensive knowledge and expertise in both Fire Investigation and Fire & Building Codes and Standards. Upon his retirement in 2007, he founded Pyrocop, Inc., which provides fire investigative and fire consulting services to AHJ’s, insurance companies and law firms across the country.


Robert served as President of the Los Angeles Area Fire Marshals Association, President of the AREA E Arson Task Force, where he was appointed as a Special Deputy by the U.S. Marshals Service. Robert served as a technical committee member for the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 1 Technical Committee.  He is a member of the California Conference of Arson Investigators, the International Association of Arson Investigators and serves on the California State Fire Marshal's Automatic Extinguishing Systems Committee.  Robert also serves as Executive Director of the Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board of Southern California, representing over 56 fire sprinkler contractors in the Los Angeles area and continues to assist the City of Downey as a fire consultant.


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