Fire Analysts


David Smith, C.F.I., Principal

Fire Analyst/Principal

Mr. Smith has been conducting Fire Analysis for the past 23 years throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. His background includes Professional Firefighter, Police Officer, Paramedic and Criminal Investigator. He began his career in the Metro Atlanta area and has been involved with Fire Analysis throughout his career in both criminal and civil matters. His degree is in Fire Science and he has been both a student and instructor for the National Fire Academy. He has achieved numerous awards for his career achievements as well as his citizenship efforts, including Honorary Ambassador and Outstanding Citizen of the Year awards. Mr. Smith has graduated from numerous courses of study including Electrical Analysis of Fires, Forensic Interview Techniques, and various other courses relating to the investigation and analysis of fires including his recognition as a Certified Fire Investigator through the I.A.A.I.. Mr. Smith founded his company after spending 7 years as the Senior Fire Analyst for a large forensic engineering firm. He focuses his practice on the analysis of large loss matters, fatality cases and product cases. His full resume can be obtained by contacting our office at 770-972-5584


Dana Mason, C.F.I., C.F.P.S., MiFireE

Senior Fire Analyst

Mr. Mason is a retired Fire Chief who has received numerous Professional Certifications including National Certification as a Fire Inspector II, Certifications from the Institute of Fire Engineers, National Fire Protection Association and the International Association of Arson Investigators as a Certified Fire Investigator.  He has a Masters Degree in Public Administration and he has conducted hundreds of site examinations to determine the application of code requirements as well as to determine the origin and cause of fires and explosions.  Mr. Mason’s 30 years of work history has focused on Fire Safety issues as well as Fire Code issues.  His primary focus of analysis is dedicated to Fire Scene Analysis with an emphasis on Fire Code application.  His full resume can be obtained by contacting our office at 770-972-5584.


Bryan Cash, C.F.I., C.V.F.I.

Senior Fire Analyst

Mr. Cash began his career working his way through the ranks of a Metro-Atlanta Fire Department achieving the rank of Deputy Fire Chief. Prior to joining our staff he was a public sector Fire Investigator conducting fire scene analysis to determine the origin and cause of fires and explosions.  Mr. Cash is a Certified Fire Investigator with over 100 additional certifications all relating to the study of Fire Science.  Mr. Cash has a degree in Fire Science and has dedicated his career to the analysis of fire scenes to determine the origin and cause of fires.  He has conducted hundreds of Fire Scene examinations and has been qualified in court as an Origin & Cause Expert.  His full resume can be obtained by contacting our office at 770-972-5584.


Rod Wilson C.F.I.

Fire Investigator

Mr. Wilson gained his experience through his work as a Professional Firefighter in Metro Atlanta.  He achieved the rank of Captain while completing his degree in Fire Science.  He has been employed with David Smith & Associates for the past 3 years assisting our team with investigative tasks and evidence collection matters.  He is currently completing his Certified Fire Investigator certification and has completed over 100 fire scene investigations.  In addition, Mr. Wilson is a Hazardous Materials Technician certified to operate in hazardous materials environments.