Since beginning his career as a volunteer fire cadet in 1976, Scott Bennett has obtained over 34 years of experience in the fields of fire service, law enforcement, and fire/explosion investigations. Scott graduated from the National Fire Academy, as well as, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Additionally, he has traveled around the United States to attend fire investigation courses in these areas: field of origin and cause investigation, evidence collection and preservation, explosive devices, post blast investigations, and courtroom testimony. Scott retired from the Dayton Fire Department where he was assigned to the Regional Fire Investigation Unit as a Senior Fire Investigator. As a Senior Fire Investigator, Scott was also a sworn deputy sheriff.
Scott's additional certifications include:
- Scott's additional certifications include:
- Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI))
- Certified Fire Investigator Instructor (NAFI)
- Certified Fire Investigator (International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI))
- Ohio Fire and Safety Inspector, State of Ohio
- Ohio Basic and Advanced Firefighter
- Sworn Peace Officer, Montgomery County Deputy Sheriff (Retired)
Throughout his professional career, Scott has maintained several professional memberships in the field of fire and explosion investigations. Currently, he is an active member of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators (NSPII- OH). From 2009-2010 he was also President of the Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI, Ohio Chapter). This chapter had previously voted Scott "Fire Investigator of the Year" in 2001. In spring of 2012, Scott was elected to the Board of Directors for the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI). Scott is also a member of the international bomb tech investigators association.
In the courtroom, Scott has testified as an expert in Federal Court, Common Pleas Court, and Municipal Court in multiple states. His testimonial experience includes depositions, grand jury appearances, preliminary hearings, and juvenile court proceedings, during both criminal and civil trials.
Scott's experience and training in fire, arson, and explosion investigations far exceed the standards set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1033). He has conducted and participated in over 255 controlled burns of motor vehicles, dwellings, laboratory (controlled) fires as well as commercial properties. He has been involved in and/ or investigated over 545 fatal fires in; residential, commercial, and dormitory areas. During his career, Scott has investigated and/or assisted in over 5600 fires.