John Gow


John Gow served for almost thirty one years with Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service the last twelve years of which was as a full time fire investigator.

During his time with the brigade he attended SFR Fire Investigation Course, the National FI Course at the Fire Service College, 16th Fire & Explosion Investigation Course at Edinburgh University and the De-Haan Advanced Fire Investigation Course. John has also attended the two week Post Blast Investigative Training II, provided by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives. John was a Registered Forensic Practitioner in fire scene examination, and was also an assessor, in fire scene examination, for the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners until CRFP ceased to function in 2009.

He began his career as an investigator in 1998 when SFR established the first full time FI unit in Scotland. John was fully involved in the development of the section and it’s Modus Operandi. He was also responsible for the development of a suite of data collection forms, which formed the basis of a Scottish national standard and he represented both Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service and CFOA(S) at national forums on the development of fire investigation and crime scene standards.

John developed and delivered a fire investigation training package targeted at first responding officers and firefighters both locally and nationally within a Scottish context. He has also delivered presentations to both Scenes of Crime Officers and Forensic Scientists and has also organised training with the objective of improving fire investigation procedures and evidence recovery techniques at deliberately set fires.

John has presented evidence at both Criminal Courts and at Fatal Accident Inquiries.

After leaving public service early in 2010 he had a short break before resuming a career in Fire Investigation within the private sector. John joined International Fire Investigators and Consultants (IFIC) as a Senior Investigator in their Glasgow Office.

Email: via the IAAI-UK website contacts page.