Director, Technical TrainingIAAI-CFI®, IAAI-CI, CFEI, CVFI, CFII, F-IAFI
Mr. Watson is the Director of Technical Training for S-E-A. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining SEA in 1992, he spent 15 years investigating fires and explosions for the fire service, law enforcement, and private sector. As the Director of Technical Training, he is responsible for coordination of all training and mentoring of new engineers and investigators. All new technical staff go through an extensive training and mentoring program prior to being released to conduct investigations and analysis of their own matters.
Mr. Watson began his affiliation with the National Fire Protection Association’s Technical Committee on Fire Investigation in 1991 and continues to serve as a principal member. From 2002 through 2007 he served as the Committee Secretary and served as the Committee Chairman from 2008 to 2020. This committee is responsible for writing “NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations.” Mr. Watson also serves on the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Investigator Professional Qualifications. This committee is responsible for writing “NFPA 1033 Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigators.” In addition, Mr. Watson serves on the NFPA Professional Qualifications Correlating Committee (Principal) and the NFPA Technical Committee for Fire Investigation Units (Committee Chairman).
Mr. Watson has been a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) since 1984. During his tenure with the Association, he has served on many committees and in various capacities. From 2014 until 2020, he served on the Board of Directors. During the 2020/2021 term, he served as the 2nd Vice President and during the 2021/2022 term, Mr. Watson served as 1st Vice President. In April 2022, Mr. Watson was sworn in as President of the Association.
Mr. Watson holds various certifications for fire investigation, as well as fire investigation instruction. He is an internationally recognized speaker and lecturer. Throughout his career, Mr. Watson has qualified as an expert witness and provided testimony in numerous federal, state, and local jurisdictions. He is a licensed fire investigator in numerous states. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM International), serving on the E05 Committee-Fire Standards and the E30 Committee-Forensic Science; the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE); and the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) (Board of Directors 2008 – 2019).
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