On Monday, September 23, MFRD Assistant Fire Marshal Tracy Summar received official notice from the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) that he is now a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI).
In order to obtain this certification, Summar’s credentials were reviewed based on his completion of a CFEI application; he also had to pass written exam. Summar says he prepared for the exam for over a month.
When asked how he felt about the accomplishment, Summar said, “I’m thrilled to have this certification under my belt. It confirms my credibility as an investigator, especially if a case has to go to court.”
Summar’s next venture will be a two-week Courtroom Testimony course at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. This is part of a prerequisite for another certification which he hopes to obtain, an International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Certified Fire Investigator.
Summar, who was promoted to Assistant Fire Marshal in December 2011, will not be eligible for this certification for approximately three more years, but is doing everything he can to prepare for the future.
Chief Cumbey Gaines congratulated Summar on this accomplishment, “I am very proud of Assistant Fire Marshal Summar for becoming nationally certified. This is no small task,” he said.
Summar has been with Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department since September 1994.