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Ross Brogan is based in Australia. He contracts to Zavést, and offers an independent file and peer review service for complex fire origin and cause matters.

Ross joined the New South Wales (NSW) Fire Brigades in 1970 and worked as a Fire Fighter and Officer throughout NSW, until retiring in 2007 at the rank of Inspector. In June 1987, he successfully completed the Arson Awareness section of NSW Police Detective training course and in August was appointed to NSW Fire Brigades Fire Investigation Unit, as an investigator, serving in that unit until 2003.

In 2000 Ross qualified as a Certified Fire Investigator, by the International Association of Fire Investigators; he re-qualified 2005 & 2010. In 2002 he was appointed to NSW Police Strike Force (Toronto) as Fire Brigade advisor on fire investigation. In 2007 Ross was awarded the advanced degree, Master of Arts (Fire Investigation).

Presently, Ross is an Adjunct Lecturer with Charles Sturt University, School of Policing Studies, and, Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security. He teaches for the University. Since March 2003, on a biannual basis, Ross has co-presented a five/six day practical fire investigation course for Charles Sturt University, students consisting of Police, Fire Service, private investigators, insurance investigators and forensic science students.

Ross has presented papers to local and international conferences on the following topics:

  • Physiological effects of smoke/heat on the human body
  • Fire Investigation techniques
  • Fire Death investigation
  • Aerosol container explosions
  • Ship/Boat fire investigations
  • Evidence and Scene Preservation techniques
  • Motor Vehicle fires
  • Scene Documenting by Photography
  • Evidence in Court
  • Terrorism awareness for first responders
  • Bushfires and Task Force operations

He is qualified by Voir Dire in both the criminal and civil jurisdiction of the Supreme Court in NSW, and other courts throughout Australia, to give opinion evidence as an expert witness in fire matters, in accordance with the Supreme Court Rules of Evidence, Expert Witness Testimony.

Ross is a Member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), NSW, Victoria & Queensland Chapters and USA International member; member of the Australian & New Zealand Forensic Science Society; and, Editorial Board member of the IAAI Fire & Arson Investigator magazine. Finally, he serves on the Training and Education Committee and Fire Investigator Standards Committee of the IAAI.

Fraser Burns

Fraser Burns has nearly 40 years experience in the locksmith industry, he works on contract with Zavést offering expert opinion on matters relating to security and locking systems.

Fraser started training after school in Watch and Clock repairs, which gave him valuable understanding of the detail of small and intricate mechanisms. He began Locksmithing in 1971, buying his first company in 1975 and building it to the most comprehensive locksmith business on the North Island's East Coast. Understanding how locks and security devices operate or fail to operate became an essential part of the job understanding the strengths and weaknesses of different devices and methods enables you to make valid judgements.

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