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Michael Forbes

Mr Michael Forbes

Fire and Rescue NSW

Michael has been with Fire + Rescue NSW (FRNSW) for 27 years. He was an operational firefighter for 9 years before being promoted to Station Officer in 2003. He has over 14 years’ experience as a Fire Investigator having joined the Fire Investigation and Research Unit in 2007. 

He is a Graduate of the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) UK. 

He completed the Graduate Certificate in Fire Investigation through Charles Sturt University in 2007. 

He is Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI-CFI) through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) (USA). He is also a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) through the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) (USA). He was the first in Australia to hold both the IAAI-CFI and CFEI certifications. 

He was the first person to attain the Certified Fire Investigator through the Emergency Management Professionalisation Scheme (EMPS) (Australia) in 2019. 

He was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) in 2019 for his work in fire investigation in FRNSW. 

He is the current President of the NSW Association of Fire Investigators since 2014. 

He has investigated over 800 fires and given expert testimony in court over 20 times.