Jamie Novak – Jamie Novak has 28
years in the fire service. He is a full time fire investigator with the
St. Paul Fire Department for the last 12 plus years. Former Chief Fire
Investigator of St. Paul Fire Department until budget cuts in 1998.
He was a former
Deputy State Fire Marshal Investigator for the Minnesota State Fire
Marshal’s Office and their training coordinator of the fire
investigation courses for 11 plus years.
originally from Golden Valley Fire Department, where he started as a
Volunteer Firefighter and then was hired as a part-time Fire Inspector
and then full time before being hired by the Minnesota State Fire
He was the
President of the MN Chapter of the IAAI for 12 plus years, and former
board member of the IAAI.
He is a
Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI). He is also licensed as a
private Fire investigator with the MN Private Detectives board.
He started his
business Novak Investigations in 2000 conducting Fire investigations
for Insurance companies and Attorneys and Manufactures.
He has burned
approximately 80+ houses and blown up 7 houses and 14 cubicles, and
conducted over 900 plus burns.
presented at numerous conferences around the country and at
Jamie Novak addressed the meeting and give a presentation on various
combustion explosions to the members of the London
Fire Brigade Fire Investigation Group and the Arson Reduction Team.
Their work reached a notable milestone in 2003 when
they launch the first IAAI Chapter in the British Isles: IAAI-UK.
Much of Jamie's research ends up in
publications like Crime
reconstruction By William
Jerry Chisum, Brent E. Turvey. Scientific
protocols for fire investigation By John
has instructed in the field of gas explosions throughout the USA
overseas. Mr. Novak has assisted or
coordinated with hundreds of test burns of various sizes including
experimental burns in more than 70 houses, and explosions in 7 houses.
He was a principal player in the
of the Minnesota IAAI’s Gas Migration and Explosion training video in
1994. He is a member of the IAAI and
holds the IAAI’s CFI certification.