Gregory J. Cahanin Fire Code Consulting

Gregory J. Cahanin Fire Code Consulting

Gregory Cahanin

2522 M.L. King St. N. St. Petersburg, FL 33704

About the Expert

Fire expert witness performing origin and cause investigations nationally. Gregory J. Cahanin meets the professional qualifications of NFPA 1033, Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator as documented in a Florida declaratory statement held by no other fire expert in the state. Investigations include the Station Nightclub Fire in 2003 with 100 fatalities. In Wyatt v. Security Alarms Co., Inc. key testimony on the failure of a Viking automatic fire sprinkler established a product liability that resulted in a $1.4M dollar jury award for Wyatt in Oklahoma. Specialty areas of forensic expertise include kitchen fire suppression systems, fire sprinklers, and fire alarm failures. Fire and Building Code construction defect findings are supported by 40 years of working with national codes and standards. Gregory Cahanin also performs code compliance and development for property owners and manufacturers. At the National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA, Mr. Cahanin was a Senior Life Safety Engineer. Primary responsibilities were in support of Life Safety Code development and education. He was staff liaison for building construction standards and the Fire Prevention Code. Special project work included support of the International Division of NFPA in a survey of fire protection for all oil production facilities of LaGoven SA in Venezuela; an evaluation of the airport terminal in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; and a code comparison study for the National Institute of Building Sciences. Multiple fatality fire investigations while with NFPA were performed with findings nationally published and peer reviewed.

Areas of Expertise

  • Fire & Explosion Investigation
  • Fire Protection Engineering

Expert's Profile

Fire investigation is unique and particularly difficult because fire consumes evidence while fire suppression can destroy it. The investigation of a fire scene requires the investigator keep an open mind and pay close attention to the many aspects of the fire scene. Gregory Cahanin is such an investigator. Smoke and burn patterns, furniture layout, and witness statements are among the myriad of points to be considered. Detailed documentation and photography of the physical information is critical. Securing evidence at the scene is often necessary and following legally recognized procedures is important.
For more than 25 years Gregory Cahanin has worked with law firms throughout the United States on cases for both plaintiff and defendant losses involving fires and building code issues. Gregory Cahanin currently serves on 3 different national building or fire code committees and brings a unique perspective on not only what the fire and building code requirements are for a building, but also why the requirements were placed in the code. How fire and life safety requirements interact with other building elements to provide a safe environment for occupants is often critical to determining loss responsibility in legal cases. Gregory Cahanin can be a key player for attorney teams working to identify complex issues in a loss investigation.

As a nationally Certified Paralegal, Gregory Cahanin, fire expert, will be an effective part of the legal team that your firm assembles. Gregory J. Cahanin holds special knowledge in the field of fire protection engineering and in particular the effectiveness of fire walls, fire sprinklers, and fire alarm systems in the outcome of a fire event. He specializes in fire system investigations of fire sprinkler, kitchen hood suppression systems (ANSUL), and fire alarm system operation that complements the findings of an existing O&C fire investigator.

Personal Achievements

Organizations

  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers National Fire Protection Association International Code Congress

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Gregory J. Cahanin Fire Code Consulting is listed with ExpertPages in the following jurisdictions: All US Regions and States, Canada (all Provinces).