Prior to specialising in fire investigation, Nathan was a Crime Scene Investigator for 13 years.  This has provided him with extensive experience in the criminal justice sector and with fires used in crime, both in terms of forensic evidence recovery and in terms of origin, cause and development.  It has also provided Nathan with the basis for considerable, and growing, experience of giving evidence in Criminal and Coroner’s courts.

Following his role as a CSI, Nathan was employed as a Senior Fire Investigation Consultant with BRE, operating in the private sector and undertaking work into fires with implications for the Building Regulations on behalf of the Government. During this time he completed an MSc in Fire Scene Investigation and graduated with distinction.

Nathan joined Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service in 2021.  He currently manages the fire investigation function, as well as the skills, role-related development and competence of the 12-strong fire investigation cadre. In addition to this, he has responsibility for fire investigation training and awareness in his Service.  He therefore regularly leads teaching sessions for operational staff and for organisations partnered with the fire service.  He also uses networks he has established to engage with individuals, councils and the Police to educate, inform and reduce the threat of deliberate fires through joint working.

Nathan is a member of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, the European Association of Fire Investigators and the International Association of Fire Investigators.

Nathan Stonehouse

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