Nestor J. Camara
B.Sc., I.A.A.I - C.F.I., N.A.F.I – C.V.F.I.,
Fire Scientist / Certified Fire & Vehicle Fire Investigator

Nestor Camara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science from the University of Maryland, University College.He is a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) through the I.A.A.I. and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI) through N.A.F.I. and the State of Texas. Mr. Camaraserved as arson investigator for the Cy-Fair VFD. Mr. Camara has acquired over 25 years of extensive experience and training in gas system analysis and testing, explosion and fire analysis inclusive of LPG and other flammable gases and liquids and system code compliance.

The primary areas of interest include: fire origin and cause investigation, gas system analysis and testing,VehicleFire Analysis, inclusive of Recreational, Personal, and Commercial Vehicles, Residential Appliance Failure Analysis, Natural Gas and LP Gas Piping Systems.

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Certifications and Professional Memberships

  • Certified Fire Investigator
    International Association of Arson Investigators
    B. 03-142
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator
    National Association of Fire Investigators
    D. 18927V
  • Certified Level I Instructor
    State Firemen’s and Fire Marshal’s Association of Texas
  • Certified Basic Firefighter
    State Firemen’s & Fire Marshal Association
  • American Society for Testing and Materials - Company Affiliation
  • Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department
  • International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) - Member
  • Fire Investigator Safety Committee - Past Member
  • Training & Education Committee - Past Member
  • National Association of Fire Investigators - Company Affiliation
  • National Fire Protection Association - Company Affiliation
  • State Fireman’s & Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • “Radiant Barrier – Required Green Building Materials are Creating New Subrogation Opportunities”, NASP 2014 National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Orlando, Florida, November 10 – 11, 2014
  • “A Strange New Source of Structure Fire Ignition”, ISFI 2012 International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, College Park, Maryland, October 15 - 17, 2012
  • “Post Incident Site Examination”, Freeman Gas Manager’s Meeting Presentation, Fontana Dam, North Carolina, April 19 - 21, 2010
  • “Fuel Gas Fire and Explosion Investigations”, Fairmont Specialty Group, September 28, 2007
  • “Fuel Gas Explosion Investigation”, Propane Claim Training Seminar, Orlando, Florida, November 17 - 18, 2005
  • “Liquefied Petroleum Gas”, American Management, September 16, 2005
  • “Accidental Fires”, American Management, September 16, 2005
  • “Liquefied Petroleum Gas”, American Management, July 14, 2005
  • “Accidental Fires”, American Management, July 14, 2005
  • “Fuel Gas Explosion Investigation”, Fairmont Specialty Group, February 3, 2005
  • “Common Causes of Accidental Fires”, Navajo Nation Annual Insurance Conference and Exposition, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 18, 2003
  • International Association of Arson Investigators, Texas Chapter, Spring 1997
  • “A Strange New Source of Structure Fire Ignition”, ISFI 2012 Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science and Technology, National Association of Fire Investigators, Pgs. 585 - 595, 2012
  • “Reflective Radiant Barriers:   Good for Energy Savings - Bad for Fire Safety”, National Association of Fire Investigators, October 29, 2010
  • “Special Report: Reflective Radiant Barriers”, Fire Findings, Vol. 17, No. 3, Pgs. 7 - 11, 2009

Continuing Education

  • NASP 2014 National Association of Subrogation Professionals, Orlando, Florida, November 10 – 11, 2014
  • 2013 National Vehicle Fire, Arson, Explosion Investigation Training Program, National Association of Fire Investigators, September 30 – October 3, 2013
  • 2012 International Symposium on Fire Investigation Science & Technology, Annual Conference, October 15-17, 2012
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation Training and Security Awareness Training, U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, March 29, 2012
  • HAZWOPER - Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (8-hour Refresher Course), CFR 1910.120, MDLS Safety Training, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
  • Advanced Arson Investigative Techniques for the Insurance Industry, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms National Academy (IAAI), November 2 - 6, 2009
  • 2008 IAAI Annual Training Conference, IAAI, April 27 - May 2, 2008
  • Investigating Residential Dryer Fires, Fire Findings, April 17 - 18, 2007
  • HAZWOPER - Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (40 hour), 29 CFR 1910.120(e) Confined Space Entry and Air Monitoring Certified, Argo Environmental
  • Training and Consulting, Inc., February 19, 2006
  • Catastrophic Propane Explosion and Carbon Monoxide Claims, Propane Claim Training Seminar, November 17 - 18, 2005
  • Investigation of Gas and Electric Appliance Fires, Fire Findings, November 8 - 11, 2005
  • Fire and Materials 2005 Conference Delegate, Interscience Communications, San Francisco, January 31 - February 2, 2005
  • Vehicle Fire/Arson Investigation, Public Agency Training Council, January 2005
  • Basic Service and Installation, Natural and LP Gas Systems, Gas Training Services, August 2004
  • NFPA 58 Adoption of the 2001 Edition, Texas Propane Educational & Marketing Foundation, May 2004
  • Analytical Approach to Public Fire Protection, National Fire Academy, Spring 2004
  • Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials, National Fire Academy, Fall 2003
  • Advanced Fire Administration, National Fire Academy, Fall 2003
  • Fire Dynamics and Fire Safety Engineering Design, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, March 31 - April 2, 2003
  • Incendiary Fire Analysis and Investigation, National Fire Academy, Spring 2003
  • Disaster and Fire Defense Planning, National Fire Academy, Spring 2003
  • Fire Pattern Recognition Certification, Public Agency Training Council, Fall 2002
  • Fire Prevention Organization and Management, National Fire Academy, September 4 – December 19, 2002
  • Fire Protection Structures and Systems Design, National Fire Academy, September 4 – December 19, 2002
  • 16th Fire Science and Fire Investigation Course, Fire Safety Engineering Group, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland, April 2002 (Examination IFE, taken)
  • Fire Dynamics, National Fire Academy, January 28 - May 17, 2002
  • Personnel Management for the Fire Services, National Fire Academy, January 28 – May 17, 2002
  • Electrical Fire Investigation, Public Agency Training Council, 2002
  • Fire-Related Human Behavior, National Fire Academy, September 29 - December 14, 2001
  • HAZWOPER - First Response Operations Level, OSHA; 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(ii)/EPA 40 CFR 311
  • Investigation of Gas and Electric Appliance Fires, Fall 1998
  • Global Atmospheric Lightning Detection Network, Fall 1996
  • Engineering Design and Drafting
  • Metallurgy
  • Computer Aided Design and Drafting

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, Fire Sciences
    University of Maryland, University College, 2005
  • Fire Prevention VI, Phases 1 - 4, Arson Investigation Texas A&M University, Texas Engineering Extension Service

Teaching Experience

  • State Firemen’s & Fire Marshal’s Association, Basic Volunteer Firefighter Certification, Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department, 2001-2005
  • Propane Related Fire and Explosion Investigations, International Association of Arson Investigators, Arkansas Chapter, Fall Conference, October 2004
  • Texas Commission on Fire Protection, Basic Fire Investigator Certification, Tomball Fire Department, October 2002 & 2003

Research & Testing

  • Testing of household clothing dryer design, operation, and fire potential.
  • Compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum fuel gas fire and explosion testing and investigation.
  • Ignition characteristics of LPG based on diffusion and layering characteristics.
  • Multiple full scale room burns for the determination of various flame spread, heat characteristics, flashover potential, and temperature range identification.
  • Full scale room burn modelling, pre-burn, using HAZARD I for confirmation of ptrogram.
  • Full scale room burn utilizing configuration based on scaling of actual loss site with scaled reduction of fire load.
  • Full scale structure fires, with repeated structures, for structural damage comparisons based on various origin(s) and cause(s).
  • Evaluation of down-range accumulation of gunshot residue (GSR) and the resultant fire hazard.
  • Potential for the unobserved existence of deep seated fire in cellulosic masses, i.e. baled cotton, and various extinguishment procedures.
  • The reaction of specific appliances to various fire origins within the appliance as well as the exterior.
  • Modeling of Fire Growth and Spread using commercially available simulation software.
  • Modeling of Egress and Tenability using commercially available simulation software.
  • Field use of ultraviolet light source for identification of flammable and combustible liquids as fire accelerants.
  • Ignition characteristics of methane in both static and dynamic environments employing various ignition devices.
  • Extensive research testing of 1st, 2nd, single, and appliance regulators and their reaction to vent blockage and resultant associated downstream pressures.