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You See Ashes… At Meier Fire, We See Answers

Your partner of choice for fire investigation, explosion investigation, origin & cause determination, and expert witness consulting.

Richard Meier, fire and Explosion Investigator
Richard Meier, Fire & Explosion Investigator, Cause & Origin Expert

A veteran fire and explosion investigator, Richard has investigated hundreds of fires in his career ranging from simple dryer fires to catastrophic losses over $100 million. His expert reports are NFPA 921 compliant and court-friendly: well-constructed, with detailed analysis of the facts and providing conclusions built on sound scientific principles.

A leading authority on fire investigation, Rich has testified in numerous cases, both in deposition and trial, putting forward his responses with confidence and charisma. He has an unwavering passion for seeking and finding answers where other experts fail.

Fire investigation, explosion investigation, origin & cause determination, and expert witness testimony.

Why Choose Richard Meier?

Richard Meier at the fire investigation scene.
  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
  • Forensic expert with 30+ years industry experience
  • Degree-educated mechanical and manufacturing engineering technologist
  • Simplifies complex problems
  • Fast, reliable and personal responses
  • Meets challenging deadlines
  • Unquestionable integrity and focused customer service

Credible Expert

A background uniquely tailored to …

Richard is a recognized authority on fire investigation with diverse knowledge in plastics, metals, mechanical and electrical systems, hydraulic and fuel systems, marine, automotive and industrial systems. He’s yet to find a problem he can’t solve.

Richard Meier Curriculum Vitae Highlights


Prior to starting his own company, he was a Senior Staff Expert with John A. Kennedy and Associates, the world’s oldest fire investigation company. He also spent 24 years as a design and manufacturing engineer designing, building, and trouble-shooting a wide range of products and equipment.

Richard Meier served in the US Army in both Reserve and Active Duty. During all this time, he gained a broad and diverse knowledge of many subjects which he now brings to bear in his fire and explosion work.


Richard Meier holds a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Akron. He has taken additional college courses at the Universities of Maryland and Wisconsin.

Industry Committee Work

  • NFPA 901 – Standard Classifications for Incident Reporting and Fire Protection Data, Technical Committee Member
  • NFPA 921 – Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation, Member Task Groups for chapters on Fire Patterns, Marine Fire Investigations, and Heating Systems/li>
  • CFPS Certification Advisory Group
  • Member of: ABYC Electrical Sub-Committee on 3-Phase Electrical
  • Member of: ASTM Committee E05 on Fire Standards

Richard’s Certifications & Memberships


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