Bill Murphy


Fire & Explosion Investigator

As a professional fire investigator, Bill investigates fires and explosions involving structures (residential/commercial/industrial), vehicles (passenger/commercial), heavy equipment, and marine applications and equipment. He also provides analysis of fire service strategies and tactics deployment, and fire development, growth and spread analysis.

Areas of Expertise

  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator: structures (residential/commercial/industrial
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator: vehicles (passenger/commercial
  • Heavy equipment & marine fire & explosion origin & cause investigation
  • Fire service strategies & tactics deployment analysis
  • Fire development, growth and spread analysis


  • Dalhousie University (Henson College) – 4-Year Fire Service Administration Program (1998-2002)
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Repair/Diesel Mechanic – 2-Year Program – Dartmouth Vocational School (1982-1984)

Previous Experience

  • Fire Investigation Techniques Instructor, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency
  • Firefighter – Fire Instructor – Divisional Chief of Training – Fire Investigator, Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency

Professional Certifications

  • Director, Nova Scotia Chapter of the Canadian Association of Fire Investigators, 2006-2007
  • Member of the Canadian Association of Fire Investigators (CAFI)
  • Member of the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)
  • Member of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)
  • Member of the Fire Inspectors Association of Nova Scotia (FIANS) 2005-2010
  • Member of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) 1998-2005
  • Member of the Fire Officers Association of Nova Scotia (FOANS) 2005-2010