Our Investigators

Michael A. Vergon, IAAI-CFI

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Mike was an ATF Special Agent for nearly 24 years, beginning his career with ATF, in Miami, Florida, in 1989, and retiring in Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 31, 2012. Mike spent the last 15 and a half years of his career as a Special Agent Certified Fire Investigator with ATF, and was also a member of ATF’s National Response Team. He now owns and operates Vergon and Associates Fire Investigation, LLC. based in the Indianapolis, Indiana, area, specializing fire and explosion scene investigation, consulting, and training and presentation.

His experience has included the investigation of numerous large, multi-million dollar loss and fire fatality scenes, investigation of complex, multi-defendant arson-for-profit cases, and the investigation of serial arsonists and bombers. Mike was also a regular instructor at the ATF National Academy, has instructed at the National Fire Academy, and has instructed at the International Law Enforcement Academy, in Budapest, Hungary. He is also twice past president of the Indiana chapter of IAAI, currently serves on the Indiana State chapter board of NSPII, and is an instructor at the IAAI Complex Arson Investigation School for the Insurance Industry. He has provided numerous presentations to various public and private organizations, nationally and internationally.

Mike’s experience and training is extensive. Please contact him regarding any request for consultation or to request a copy of his Curriculum Vitae.

Todd A. Jordan IAAI-CFI

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Todd has been involved in the fire service, since 1990, and has been a fire investigator, since 1992. He has served in various roles as a member of the Anderson Fire Department, including that of Investigator, Accelerant Detection K-9 Handler, Fire Marshal, and Deputy Chief of Operations. Todd is also a CADA certified K-9 trainer and owns his own K-9 training business. He has previous experience in the private sector and investigated numerous large and small loss fires in several states.



  • Firefighter since 1990
  • Fire Investigator since 1992
  • Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI - CFI 2003 - present
  • National Fire Academy Fire Investigation 1994
  • ATF National Academy/Arson For Profit 1994
  • ATF National Academy/Advanced Origin and Cause , & Court Room
  • Accelerant Detection K9 Handler/State Farm/Maine State Police (1997-present)
  • Over 50 Arson/Investigation related classes/certifications
  • Testified as Expert Witness in civil/criminal court in 5 Indiana counties
  • Instructor for the State of Indiana (1994 to present)
  • Accelerant Detection K9 trainer (1998-Present)


  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • Indiana Chapter IAAI
  • International Association of Firefighters

Tom Rotering IAAI-CFI, CFEI

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Tom Rotering is an IAAI-CFI, a CFEI, and has been a Ft. Wayne Fire Department investigator, since 1999. He has also worked conducting origin and cause investigations in the private sector, since 2007. Tom has investigated the origin and cause of approximately 1200 fires and explosions and his expertise includes the investigation of electrical fires, vehicular fires, large multi-use vehicular fires; and marine vessel fires. He has provided technical expertise and litigation support for numerous major insurance carriers and attorneys throughout the U.S., and has testified as an expert witness in State and Federal court in both civil and criminal matters.   



  • Hazardous Materials Operations
  • Hazardous Materials Technician
  • Incident command/National Fire Academy
  • Master Firefighter Strategy/Tactics
  • Master Firefighter Fire/Arson Investigation
  • Emergency Response to Terrorism
  • Vehicle Fire Investigation
  • NFPA Investigator I
  • Interviewing/Fire Scene
  • Vehicle Fire Investigation
  • Advanced Reid Interview
  • Arson for Profit
  • Complex Fire Scene Analysis
  • Juvenile Firesetters/Interviewing
  • Forensic Child Death and Injury Investigation
  • Residential Electricity for Fire Investigators
  • Indiana Fire Investigation Conference (2012 and 2013)

Richard C. Howard; IAAI-CFI, CFEI

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Rich has been in involved in the fire service since 1989, and has been involved in fire investigations since 2003. He currently serves as Chief Investigator/K-9 Handler for the Evansville Fire Department, in Evansville, Indiana. Rich has been qualified as an expert witness and has testified as such in over a dozen State and Federal court proceedings. He also has prior experience in the private sector, and has an expertise in farm equipment and machinery. His training and experience is extensive.   



  • Firefighter since 1989
  • CFEI, since 2001
  • IAAI CFI, since 2006
  • National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications, Certified Fire Investigator NFPA 1033-1998 (Pro-Board Certified) March 22, 2006
  • Fire and Arson Investigation, National Fire Academy, April 30, 2007
  • Hazardous Materials Technician
  • Attendance at numerous IAAI conferences
  • Advanced Interviewing
  • Electrical Fire Investigation
  • Certified Fire Investigation Instructor


  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • International Association of Arson Investigators
  • International Association of Firefighters

Robert Wirey; IAAI-CFI, CFEI

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Robert has been involved in the fire service, since 1988, and has been involved in fire investigation, since 1994. Robert currently serves as Deputy Chief of Operations and as Chief Investigator for the Lebanon Fire Department, in Lebanon, Indiana, and also leads a countywide fire investigation task force. Robert has an extensive background as an electrician, with twelve years experience as an electrical contractor, conducting electrical service calls and wiring new residential properties and light commercial projects.   


  • Firefighter since 1988
  • Fire Investigator Certification, National Fire Academy, 1994
  • Indiana State Master Fire Inspector, 1995
  • Indiana Master Strategy and Tactics Certification
  • NFPA Hazmat Operations Certification
  • NFPA Instructor Certification
  • Electrical Fire Investigation
  • Interviewing
  • Attendance at IAAI conferences and numerous fire investigation related courses
  • Certified Fire Investigation Instructor


  • National Association of Fire Investigators
  • International Association of Fire Investigators
  • Indiana Fire Chiefs Association
  • Indiana Instructors Association
  • Re-write Committee for Indiana Investigator Certification Program