Bruce E. VanDorpe,

Business Owner and Senior Fire Investigator Bruce E. VanDorpe began his career as a volunteer firefighter in 1981. He has worked continuously in the fire service and fire investigation fields ever since.

Bruce holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science Technology from Sinclair Community College. He has taken additional courses toward a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology through the University of Cincinnati.

Bruce was employed for fourteen years by the Dayton Fire Department, spending ten of those years as a fire investigator. As a part of his duties with the Regional Fire Investigation Unit, Bruce obtained certification as a Peace Officer in the State of Ohio and served as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for twelve years.

In April 2000, Bruce became a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator and in September 2011, he became a Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator, both through the National Association of Fire Investigators.

In July 2000, he became a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators. In addition, he is a Certified Fire Safety Inspector and he has attained certifications as a firefighter in Ohio and Pennsylvania. He has attended numerous schools and seminars directly related to all aspects of fire investigation.

He has attended other training classes relating to fire safety inspections, code enforcement, firefighting, and law enforcement. Bruce maintains memberships in several professional organizations including The International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI).

He is a part-time faculty member in the Fire Science Program at Sinclair Community College and has taught the Fire Investigation Course since 1995. He has also taught at the Dayton Fire Department Training Center and was a co-instructor for the Fire Investigation Course at the Bowling Green State University Fire School. Bruce has investigated the origin and cause of over 2000 fires involving residential and commercial properties and motor vehicles of all types.

He has testified as an expert witness on numerous occasions in both Municipal and Common Pleas Courts. His testimonial experience includes depositions, Grand Jury appearances, preliminary hearings, and trials in both criminal and civil matters.

Bruce’s education, training, and experience far exceed the minimum standards as set forth by the National Fire Protection Association in NFPA 1033, Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators. He is Pro Board Certified as a Fire Investigator.

International Association
of Arson Investigators, INC.


National Associations
of Fire Investigators