Why Steve Fabry Works at Blaze Fire Investigation
Blaze Fe Investigation is now know as Anderson Engineering. (updated 6/28/17)
If you can imagine what 10 million gallons of water looks like after it has been sprayed on a fire in 15 below zero temperatures, then you can picture the fire scene where I first encountered Blaze Fire Investigation. The location was West Allis, Wisconsin where I was a police officer and detective. I was called to a fire scene on New Year’s Eve, along with others including representatives from the state fire marshal’s office and the ATF.
The fire scene was a large building that housed a hobby store, so there were many flammable substances contained within its inventory of model-making materials and supplies. Even before beginning the investigation, it was clear to see that there was heavy damage, including collapse of the roof, and it would most probably be a total loss. Add to that all the water that was used to extinguish the fire, and the below zero temperatures. It was a very daunting task to begin to analyze the scene.
Methodical and organized approach to fire investigation
Blaze Fire Investigation arrived representing the insurance company. Right from the start, I saw how they methodically and efficiently handled what needed to be done. They brought in an accelerant-sniffing dog. They set up a warm air fan to blow into the building to melt the ice. On stand-by was an excavation company with heavy equipment just in case it was needed to access the rest of the structure. They even set up a warming shed so that the people involved could better handle the sub-zero temperatures on this bitter cold New Year’s Day.
What impressed me the most about the work that Blaze Fire did during this investigation was their methodical, organized approach that showed that they were not going to take any shortcuts. At the same time, they had the resources and the expertise to arrive at the facts in an efficient manner. Not only did they call on in-house engineers but the investigator on the scene was herself, an electrical engineer, which meant they she was able to do an in-depth analysis in a relatively short period of time.
Support for my career with training and education
A few months after this investigation, I retired from my police career and was contemplating going into fire investigation on the public side. I knew that I wanted to be associated with a company that had a great reputation so when someone told me that Blaze wanted to add to their investigator staff, I knew I wanted to talk to them. During conversations with the owners, I felt quite at ease and very quickly recognized that this would be a good fit. I also recognized that their willingness to support my career with ongoing training and certifications, was not just a way to make the work stand up in court, but signified their willingness to invest in me.
I now have a couple of years in my fire investigator job with Blaze under my belt. The no-shortcut strategies that I first observed on that West Allis fire scene are the ones that I practice now. Getting the job done for Blaze Fire Investigation means that I have the resources that I need -- whether it’s immediate access to an engineer, special equipment that will save time and money, or ongoing training and education that keeps my knowledge and credentials up-to-date.
Honest and straightforward with clients
In my work as a fire investigator, I appreciate the freedom to be honest and straightforward with the client. In the end, it’s the client who decides how far the investigation should go. They can’t do that without placing a huge amount of trust in the capabilities of the investigator. The only company that I would work for is the company who provides the answers people trust. That’s why I work for Blaze Fire Investigation.