James (Jamie) Novak

December 17, 2017

Jamie began his fire service in 1979 as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Golden Valley in Minnesota and soon became a part-time fire inspector/fire investigator for the department. In 1984, Jamie was hired as a Deputy State Fire Marshal with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office. In 1992, along with his investigative duties, Jamie took on the added responsibility as training coordinator for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) where he was responsible for teaching the basic, intermediate, and on-scene fire investigation series. In 1996 Jamie was hired by the St. Paul Fire Department where he held the position of fire investigator until June 2017.

Jamie is a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), a Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (CVFI) and a Certified Fire/Explosion Investigator (CFEI) through the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), a licensed private investigator, and owner/operator of Novak Investigations, Inc. During his 39+ years in the fire service, Jamie has conducted thousands of origin and cause investigations involving both fires and/or explosions. He has conducted numerous live burns and explosions in his everlasting quest to discover and uncover the science involved in defining the origin and cause of fire and/or explosions. Jamie has traveled extensively throughout the world conducting training exercises and sharing his knowledge in the classroom and in the field in the areas of fire/explosion investigations and techniques.

Jamie has testified in court at both the State and Federal level on numerous occasions and has provided investigative, training, and consultation services to a number of atorneys, insurance companies and manufacturers.

Jamie held the position of President for the Minnesota Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (MN IAAI) and remains active in the Association. He also served on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Arson Investigators.

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