Fire Investigator

Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. Los Angeles, CA

Unified Investigations & Sciences, a Sedgwick company, is a multidisciplinary engineering firm with the expertise to handle forensic analysis and origin and cause investigations. We provide meaningful, challenging work; a culture of learning with a focus on personal and career growth; and a competitive salary and benefits package to create opportunity for our colleagues. Unified has a diverse staff of forensic experts, engineers and fire investigators that span coast to coast, ensuring a timely, caring response -- anytime, anywhere.

Unified is committed to providing career opportunities to veterans and military spouses. We value diversity and inclusion in our colleagues and are devoted to delivering innovative, industry-leading solutions by recruiting, retaining, developing, and engaging the best and brightest people. You can click here to learn more about Unified prior to submitting your application for employment.

PRIMARY PURPOSE: To investigate fire events to determine origin, cause, and responsibility in accordance with assignments from clients or assigned legal counsel.


* Accepts assignments from customers for investigation of losses or claims and pursues investigation in accordance with the specific needs of the assignment.

* Determines the origin and cause of the loss/claim under investigation and identifies any potential third-party responsibility for subrogation potential.

* Maintains required reporting commitments to client in accordance with Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc.'s, standard procedures.

* Promotes and markets utilization of Unified Investigations & Sciences, Inc., in the insurance industry and within assigned territory

* Serves as a liaison between the insurance industry and law enforcement/fire service personnel.

* Investigates losses/claims with illegal, fraudulent or subrogation aspects in accordance with assignment from client or assigned attorney representing insurer.

* Identifies and interviews all witnesses or involved persons who may possess information or knowledge pertaining to incident under investigation: motive, opportunity or any other information or evidence that may assist in concluding a factual and complete investigation.

* Develops necessary knowledge and expertise required to conduct thorough inspection of available public records including land deeds, mortgages, liens, suits, judgments, marriage and divorce records, etc.

* Maintains up-to-date information in regard to existing laws pertaining to rights of privacy and availability of public records to assure that all investigations are conducted in a completely legal and ethical manner.


* Performs other duties as assigned.

* Supports the organization's quality program(s).

* Travels as required.


Education & Licensing

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university preferred. IAAI Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI) certification, Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator (CFEI) certification or obtaining certification within six months of hire is required.


Three (3) years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Skills & Knowledge

* Good oral and written communication skills

* PC literate, including advanced Microsoft Office product skills

* Strong organizational and time management skills

* Strong interpersonal skills

* Good analytical and interpretive skills

* Strong investigative skills

* Attention to detail and accuracy

* Ability to work independently or in a team environment

* Ability to meet or exceed Performance Competencies


When applicable and appropriate, consideration will be given to reasonable accommodations.

Mental: Clear and conceptual thinking ability; excellent judgment and discretion; ability to handle work-related stress; ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously; and ability to meet deadlines


* Must be able to stand and/or walk for long periods of time.

* Must be able to kneel, squat or bend.

* Must be able to work outdoors in hot and/or cold weather conditions.

* Have the ability to climb, crawl, stoop, kneel, reaching/working overhead,

* Be able lift/carry up to 50 pound

* Be able to push/pull up to 100 pounds.

* Be able to drive up to 4 hours per day.

Auditory/Visual: Hearing, vision and talking

Note: Credit security clearance, confirmed via a background credit check, is required for this position.

The statements contained in this document are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by a colleague assigned to this description. They are not intended to constitute a comprehensive list of functions, duties, or local variances. Management retains the discretion to add or to change the duties of the position at any time

Sedgwick is an Equal Opportunity Employer

and a Drug-Free Workplace