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Mission Statement

We will maintain the highest degree of ethics and integrity while providing a complete fire investigative service. This is done by education, discipline, and by pursuing the facts through scientific analysis.


Blaze Fire Investigation offers a wide spectrum of investigative services to meet the needs of insurance companies and law firms. These services include fire and explosion scene analysis, product liabilty determination and expert witness testimony. The Blaze team consists of fire investigators and technical experts that rapidly respond to the scene to determine the direct cause of the loss.

Founded in 1992, Blaze Fire Investigation provides services to the states of Wisconsin and Arizona. Senior Fire Investigator, Robert Leonard C.F.E.I is the owner of the company.

In 2008 Blaze Fire Investigation celebrated 15 years of service to our clients and we have investigated our  1,000th fire case.  These accomplishments were made through training, dedication and the commitment to provide the best fire investigation service possible.  Thanks to all of you for your continued support of Blaze Fire Investigation.

February 1, 2011, Blaze Fire Investigation became a Division of Anderson Engineering of New Prague, MN. 


International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)

National Society of Fire Investigators (NAFI)

International Association of Firefighters, former member

Past President of Wisconsin Arson Insurance Council

Canine Accelerant Detection Association (CADA) former member

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

Waukesha County Emergency Preparedness Committee former member

Waukesha County Homeland Security Committee

Director, Dousman Emergency Management


Deposition Testimony

Marathon County,Wisconsin      10/22/2009              09-CV-270

Dane County, Wisconsin            01/29/2009              06-CV-4402

Milwaukee County, Wisconsin    05/16/2007              05-C-1343

Dane County, Wisconsin            02/22/2006              03016580

Walworth County, Wisconsin      09/07/2005              04CV 563

Dane County, Wisconsin            01/29/2005              03 CV 256

Dodge County, Wisconsin          10/18/2004              04 CV 119

Barron County, Wisconsin          07/21/2004              03 CV 95

Lincoln County, Wisconsin         12/08/1999              98 CV 123

Ashland County, Wisconsin        08/23/1999              98 CV 132

Chippewa County, Wisconsin     12/05/1998              97 CV 363

Trial Testimony

Dane County, Wisconsin            04/04/2006              03016580

Walworth County, Wisconsin      10/10/2005              04CV 563

Dane County, Wisconsin            07/26/2005              03CV 256

Milwaukee County, Wisconsin    10/23/2002             02SC02862

Wood County, Wisconsin            12/20/2000              99 CV 195

Outagamie County, Wisconsin    01/04/1999              99 CV 247

Washington County, Wisconsin  12/21/1998              97 CV 335

Chippewa County, Wisconsin      01/07/1997              97 CV 363

Seminars and Classes

Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, Homeland Security

NFPA 921 Applications, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms

Evidence Identification, Waukesha County Sheriff Department

Accelerant Detection Dog Certification, Fenwick, Ontario Canada

Advanced Forensic Photography, Waukesha County Technical College

Fire Investigation Seminar, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Fire Investigation Seminar, International Assoc. of Arson Investigators

Technical Rescue Training, Milwaukee fire Department         

 Fire Investigation Seminars, International Assoc. of Arson Investigators,

 Interviews and Interrogation, Federal Bureau of Investigation,

 Fire Arson Detection, National Fire Academy

 Conducting Basic Fire Inspections, National Fire Academy

 Hazardous Materials Incident Analysis, National Fire Academy

 Educational Methodology, National Fire Academy

Areas of Specialization

Fire investigation specialist with expertise in fire scene investigation and analysis, arson detection, and product liability determination.


Meritorious Service Metal, Dousman Fire District                            2010

Firefighter of the Year, Dousman Fire District                                  2009

Firefighter of the Year, Dousman Fire District                                  2001

Firefighter of the Year, Dousman Fire District                                  1997

Graduated Magna Cum Laude, University of Cincinnati                  1992

Deans List, University of Cincinnati                                                 1991

Commendation for Scholastic Achievement,                                    

Milwaukee Area Technical College                                                  1991

Fire Instructor of the Month,                                                            

Wisconsin Society of Fire Service Instructors                                  1985

Work experience

Jun 1970Present


Dousman Fire Department

Served as an Arson Investigator, computer systems coordinator, Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Fire Chief,

Fire Chief, and currently serves as Assistant Fire Chief

Feb 2011Present

Part Time Fire Investigator

Anderson Engineering of New Prague, Inc

Responsibilities:Cause and Origin fire investigations, product liability determination,

and expert witness testimony. Assist in evidence identification and evidence recovery. 

Jun 1992Feb 2011

Fire Investigator

Blaze Fire Investigation

BLAZE Fire Investigation and Consulting Service, Dousman, Wisconsin

Sole proprietor/Senior Fire Investigator

Responsibilities:Cause and Origin fire investigations, product liability determination,

and expert witness testimony.

Aug 2007Jul 2010


Oconomowoc Fire Department

Responsibilities:  firefighting activities, emergency medical technician, equipment operator. Assist in fire investigations and fire inspections.

May 1987Sep 1996


City of Brookfield Fire Department

Responsibilities:  firefighting activities, emergency medical technician, equipment operator,

Training coordinator, and arson investigator on Fire Investigation unit.

Sep 1978May 1988

Fire Service Instructor

Waukesha County Technical College

Instructed firefighting classes, vehicle extrication, EMT recertification, and National Fire Academy

presentations.  Developed curriculum for Fire Scene Investigation and Analysis at W.C.T.C and M.A.T.C.


Jun 1992Present

Bachelor Degree in Fire Safety Engineering

University of Cincinnati

Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Deans List   



Wisconsin State Certified Fire Officer

State of Wisconsin

Arizona Licensed Investigator

State of Arizona

Nationally Certified Fire Investigation Instructor


Wisconsin State Licensed Investigator

State of Wisconsin

Nationally Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator


Certified Equipment Operator (pumper)

State of Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Certified Fire Instructor II

State of Wisconsin

Wisconsin State Certified EMT

State of Wisconsin