Robert Rowe, Owner and President of Pyrocop, Inc., began his career in the fire service in 1980 with the Hughes Aircraft Company Fire Department. It was here he gained extensive knowledge in structural fire fighting, crash rescue operations, hazardous materials response, fire prevention and fire protection systems designed specifically to protect military projects under contract with the United States government.
In 1985 he was promoted to Captain and upon receiving State certification as a Hazardous Materials Specialist, headed up the departments newly formed Hazardous Materials Response Team. Robert was also assigned as the departments Fire Marshal where his knowledge of the Uniform Fire Code and NFPA Standards truly began to develop. This assignment required specialized training in the fire prevention discipline which equipped him with the expertise to participate in company wide insurance audits conducted by various high-risk insurance carriers.
In 1989, Robert was hired by the City of Downey as a Hazardous Materials Specialist. His responsibilities included the management and enforcement of local, state and federal regulations at all of the City's reporting facilities including those who handled extremely hazardous substances. This responsibility also included hazardous waste investigations and response to hazardous materials release emergencies.
Robert was then promoted to Deputy Fire Marshal where he managed both the hazardous materials program and the fire prevention division under the direction of the Fire Chief. His responsibilities included fire/life safety inspections, plan review, code interpretation, code enforcement and the training of city staff and fire department personnel. Robert is an instructor for the Uniform Fire Code Association and has traveled throughout the western states conducting courses on high piled storage, flammable and combustible liquids, fire code certification and advanced plan review. His experience, knowledge and practical application of both the fire and building codes has been critical in the development of major projects within the Los Angeles Area.
As Downey's Deputy Fire Marshal, Robert supervised the Fire Investigation Division. He is a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI ) and Private Investigator who has investigated over one thousand fires during his career and has qualified as an expert witness in both civil and criminal court. He is currently a member of the California Conference of Arson Investigators, International Association of Arson Investigators and the National Association of Fire Investigators. Robert has also served as past president of the Area E Arson Task Force, which includes Downey, Montebello, Compton, Santa Fe Springs and Long Beach and has worked with the Task Force and various local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies on numerous fires and special investigations. During his tenure as Deputy Fire Marshal, Robert was also deputized, under Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as a United States Marshal Special Deputy.
During his career, Robert served as President of the Los Angeles Area Fire Marshals Association, Chair of the Western Fire Chief's Uniform Fire Code Development Committee, member of the Uniform Fire Code Interpretation Committee and member of the the NFPA 1/Uniform Fire Code Technical Committee. In 2003, he was also appointed as member of both the California State Fire Marshal's Fire/Life Safety Advisory Board and California Building Standards Commissions Plumbing Electrical, Mechanical and Energy Advisory Committee in the capacity of Fire Official.
Robert currently holds the position of Executive Director for the Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board of Southern California and was recently appointed to the Office of the State Fire Marshal's Automatic Extinguishing Systems Advisory Committee.
Robert has accumulated over 2000 hours of specialized training in Fire Prevention, Hazardous Materials, Fire Investigation and Public Education through various State and community college programs, the Office of the State Fire Marshal and the National Fire Academy.