David Crowder

Head of Fire Investigation and Expert Witness Services

David has overall responsibilityfor the fire investigation team as well as expert witness services across all disciplines in the BRE Group of companies.

He specialises in investigating fire development, the performance of fire protection measures and systems during real fire incidents,and the regulatory aspects of performance in these areas. Major fire investigations he has worked on include the Penhallow Hotel fire in Cornwall, the Atherstone-on-Stour warehouse fire, Royal Marsden Hospital, Cutty Sark and the Lakanal fire in Camberwell.

Research projects include: fire spread in car parks, researching the effectiveness of residential sprinklers, evacuating mobility impaired people from hospitals, developing a fire protection strategy for HMS Victory,developing cost effective water misting systems for use in prison cellsanda scoping study on the environmental impact of fires. He holds a PhD in the impact of fire chemistry (flammability and toxicity) in fatal fires, examined via the investigation and reconstruction of real fires.