Meier Fire Investigation

Who We are...

Your client needs the reassurance of knowing that their expert has their best interests in mind. With MFI, you can be sure of that because we’re truly independent experts. We’re family owned, not part of some giant engineering conglomerate. In our office there are no billing quotas, no stockholders, no board of directors. Our only loyalty is to your client and the truth.

Relationships Matter

Meier Fire Investigation Team. Full Service Fire & Explosion Experts.

Richard Meier

Fire and Explosion Investigator
Mechanical Engineering Technologist
"You See Ashes...I See Answers"

Answers you need to make smart decisions about your case.

“My insider knowledge takes your fire investigation to the next level. I started my career as a mechanical engineer, working in manufacturing and industry for almost 25 years, This helps me take a more holistic approach to your case. I know how things are built, the processes and materials used, and how manufacturers think and operate. When I identify a potential fire cause – I can see, explain and analyze a product from plans through production, uses and modes of failure. Whether plaintiff or defense, this kind of analysis gives you a clearer picture of your case – both strengths and pitfalls - and allows you to make smart decisions on behalf of your clients.”

Don’t settle for an expert who merely thinks a product could cause a fire. Hire the expert who knows how a product is built, what it is made of and what can go wrong (and can explain it in plain English.)

Richard Meier on the fire scene
Richard Meier NFPA 921 Instructor
Richard Meier in the Meier Fire Laboratory


A veteran fire and explosion investigator, Richard has investigated hundreds of fires in his career ranging from simple dryer fires to catastrophic losses over $100 million. Regardless of size, Rich is committed to finding answers for your client. Rich is an accomplished and confident witness and educator. He has even taught fire investigation to NASA engineers.


Richard Meier holds a Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Akron. He has taken additional college courses at the Universities of Maryland and Wisconsin.


Prior to starting his own company, he was a Senior Staff Expert with John A. Kennedy and Associates, the world’s oldest fire investigation company. He also spent 24 years as a design and manufacturing engineer designing, building, and trouble-shooting a wide range of products and equipment. Richard Meier served in the US Army in both Reserve and Active Duty. During all this time, he gained a broad and diverse knowledge of many subjects which he now brings to bear in his fire and explosion work.

Professional Associations

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • Section Memberships: Research Section; Fire Science Technology Educator Section; Industrial Fire Protection Section
  • NFPA 921 –Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigation, Member Task Groups for chapters on Fire Patterns; Marine Fire Investigations; and Heating Systems (new for 2020).
  • CFPS Certification Advisory Group
  • NFPA 1033 – Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, Technical Committee (Past Member 2010-2016)
National Association of Fire Investigators, International (NAFI)
Past Positions: Instructor, Treasurer, Member of Board of Governors
International Association of Fire Investigators (IAFI)
Past Positions: Instructor
ASTM International (American Society for Testing & Materials)
Member Committee E05 on Fire Standards
American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC)
Member Electrical Sub-Committee on 3-Phase Electrical Systems
International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS)
International Society of Explosives Engineers (ISEE)
Society of Automotive Engineers, International (SAE)
Society of Plastics Engineers, International (SPE), 1989 – 1996

Richard Meier Professional Certifications

Meier Fire Investigation Team. Full Service Fire & Explosion Experts.

Associate Experts

Specialized expertise on demand.

When your case needs Specialized Expertise, we can bring in our associate experts. We maintain a wide network of nationally recognized experts in fields aligned with Fire Investigation. With dozens of great experts at your disposal, building a winning team is easy.

Electrical Engineers

Fire Protection Engineers



Safety & OSHA Experts

Explosives Experts


Flexible staffing helps us create the best team of experts for your case and can help you keep your case costs down.

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Meier Fire HQ

Christine Meier Operations/Marketing

Christine is a third generation Fire Investigation professional and has nearly 20-years experience in the Fire Investigation Industry. Before coming to Meier Fire, she served as Executive Director of NAFI, IAFI and was the Operations Manager for John A. Kennedy & Asociates.

She designs nearly all MFI's content marketing and is always available to assist your firm with fire related content for your own marketing.

She and Rich have been married since 2011 and have a rescue dog, Hamlet.