John C. Kernan, Principal

John C. Kernan, Principal, is an internationally recognized certified fire investigator who has conducted over 1000 fire origin and cause investigations both domestically and internationally.

He has testified and provided expert witness testimony in over 300+ court cases on the local, county, state and federal level. He is a Principal Member of the NFPA #1033 Technical Committee, "Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator".

John is also a Certified Fire Code Inspector and Plan Reviewer with the International Code Council, the National Fire Protection Association as well as the PA State Department of License and Inspections. He has over 21 years' experience as an Emergency Management Coordinator. Consulted with clients regarding fire department and emergency response operations, fire code interpretation, enforcement, inspection and compliance, disaster preparedness and response as well as fire safety and prevention programming.  John has also conducted detailed premises liability investigations for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Add to that over thirty-four years active experience as a Chief Fire Marshal as well as an Assistant Pennsylvania State Police Fire Marshal (11498).




Investigations conducted included, but were not limited to…

     • Residential

     • Commercial

     • Industrial

     • Heavy Industry

     • Passenger Vehicles

     • Commercial Trucking

     • Heavy Equipment

International Association of Arson Investigators

     Pro-Board Certified, Certified Fire Investigator IAAI-CFI (V)

     • Fire Investigator Technician IAAI-FIT

     Evidence Collection Technician IAAI-ECT

     • Expert Witness

National Association of Fire Investigators

     Certified Fire & Explosives Investigator NAFI-CFEI

     • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator NAFI - CVFI

     • Certified Fire Investigator Instructor NAFI-CFII

Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner

     Certified Fire Investigator

     • Certified Fire Inspector

International Association of Fire Investigators – “Fellow” status IAFI-Fellow

Institution of Fire Engineers – Graduate Level GIFireE

International Code Council – Pro-Board Certified Fire Code Inspector

National Fire Protection Association – Certified Fire Code Inspector

PA Department of License & Inspections – Certified Fire Code Inspector

As a Private Investigator has conducted investigations in PA, NJ, NY, Delaware, Connecticut and Maryland


Department of Homeland Security; Honorable Tom Ridge, on appointment as first “Fellow” designation in Pennsylvania by the International Association of Fire Investigators and recognition “as an expert among your peers”.

Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner; On being recognized as “one of the most highly certified investigators in the State of Pennsylvania”.

National Fire Protection Association; Appointment as a Principal Member of the NFPA #1033 Technical Committee “Fire Investigator Professional Qualifications”

New York City Fire Department FDNY Office of the Fire Marshal; Chief Fire Marshal Louis Garcia, for volunteering and work conducted at “Ground Zero” following the 2001 World Trade Center attacks

International Association of Arson investigators, recipient of the “Award of Recognition”

PA International Association of Arson Investigators, recipient of the “Distinguished Service Award”

National Association of Fire Investigators, for Twenty Years of Service to the Fire Investigative Community

Kuwait Humanitarian Award; International “Fellow” status Country of Kuwait; “Humanitarian Award” for assistance in the rebuilding of the country's infrastructure following the first Kuwait War

Kuwait Fire Service Directorate; Major General Jasem Al-Mansouri, for leadership and direction relative to the development of the Kuwait Training Academy for Fire Science “



Certified Investigations LLC

John C. Kernan, Principal

Washington Crossing, PA 18977



Certified Investigations LLC

John C. Kernan, Principal

Washington Crossing, PA 18977



Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator


Certified Fire Code Official PA L&I, NFPA & ICC

Premises Liability / Security & Safety Consultant

Certified Investigations LLC

•  Maritime Applications

•  Farm  Equipment

•  Military Installations

•  Appliance & Electrical

•  Multi-Million Dollar Losses

•  Fire Fatalities

•  Premises Liability

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