What makes Fire Forensics so special?

Our focus has always been on the best quality first, supported by the latest scientific and technical know-how and the highest levels of personal and corporate integrity.

Cutting edge technology

As well as the latest on-site tools, our case management system and other software provides high security and accessibility to our clients for full transparency of the investigation process.

Experienced and Friendly Team

Our team of friendly and approachable specialists will advise on the most appropriate and cost-effective way to investigate your case. We aim to make our customer service the best in the industry.

Location not a problem!

We operate throughout Australia, New Zealand, Africa, South East Asia and the Pacific. In Europe, Asia and the Middle East we are supported by the resources of Fire Investigation Global LLP. For other incident locations, please contact us to discuss.

Flexible Reporting

In every case, our reports can be tailored to your specific requirements.  From a verbal briefing or bullet point email to a full Expert Witness Report with supporting documentation, you decide what you need at every stage.

Depth & Breadth of Experience

Our investigators have over 50 years of combined experience in public and private sectors.  We have investigated arson and murder cases, major industrial fires, all kinds of explosions including terrorist incidents, and a vast range of structure and transport fires.

Great Support

As well as the network of Fire Investigation Global to call on, we maintain close links with highly qualified and experienced specialists in related disciplines.  They include ignitable liquid and other chemical analysis, electrical engineering, electronic records recovery, metallurgy and fire protection engineering.  We are also allied with some of the best factual investigation companies in Australia.

Meet our friendly team!

James (Jim) Munday | Director / Senior Investigator

MIFireE, FSSDip, IAAI-CFI, FCSFS​

Jim is currently 2nd Vice President of the NSW Association of Fire Investigators

Jim is a forensic chemist, a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers and holds the Forensic Science Society Diploma in Fire Investigation, accredited as a Post-Graduate Diploma by the University of Strathclyde.  He is also a Certified Fire Investigator under the International Association of Arson Investigators scheme and in 2007 was elected a Fellow of the Forensic Science Society, now the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, in recognition of significant contributions to the field of fire investigation.  Jim also holds a UK trade qualification in electrical installations and systems.

Jim began his career in forensic science in 1972 and has specialised in the investigation of fires and explosions since 1979. Formerly a member of the Fire Investigation Unit at the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory (“Scotland Yard”) with a background in criminalistics, he has examined around 4000 fire and explosion scenes including over 350 fatalities, carried out laboratory examinations and analyses on items and materials originating from more than 1000 others and given evidence as an expert witness on numerous occasions in a wide variety of legal settings.

Jim is one of only a few specialists in the interpretation of thermal damage and injury distribution to injured and deceased victims of fire, helping to explain the person’s orientation and movements while the burning was taking place. He has devised and delivered fire investigation education and training in several countries and is widely sought after as a writer and speaker internationally.

Lynn Munday | Admin & Finance

RSA (Comm)

Lynn formerly worked with UK local government as a receptionist and for the London Metropolitan Police (“Scotland Yard”), Forensic Science Laboratory in one of its largest and busiest departments. She was its head of clerical staff and PA to the Deputy Director. Lynn has great experience in handling highly confidential enquiries and material. She is familiar with local government and public service finance practices and can advise on cost-effective methods of using our services.

Lynn operates our office, casework and financial management systems. She is also responsible for staff welfare issues.

Belinda Jane (BJ) Jones | Director / Senior Investigator

IAAI-CFI , BSc, MSc, Grad Dip FI

BJ is a member of the IAAI Ethical Practices and Grievances committee and is the CFI program manager for the NSW Association of Fire Investigators.

BJ is a triple Graduate in Law & Administration (Canberra), Applied Chemistry with Honours (UTS), and Psychological Science (UNSW).  She has a Masters Degree in Forensic Science, with a thesis relating to fire investigation, and a Graduate Diploma of Fire Investigation from Charles Sturt University.  She has also studied with Gardiner Associates in the UK, completing the Joint Services foundation and practical courses and the Advanced Fire and Explosion course presented by Dr John DeHaan.  She has completed a Certificate III in electronics to assist in the identification of electrical fire causes in ITC equipment.  She also has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies, awarded for a study of forensic science requirements in a polar setting.

BJ worked as a civilian crime scene examiner with the NSW Police Force and is skilled in physical evidence recovery techniques.  She then worked as a fire investigator for a major Australian insurance group prior to joining JW Munday & Associates in 2010.  She has investigated over 500 fires and explosions in a wide variety of structures, vehicles, machinery and equipment and has given expert evidence in NSW and Tasmanian courts.

John Lording | Investigator

GradCertFI, AdvDip FI

John’s law enforcement career began with the Australian Customs Service and later moved into the Victoria Police Force, where he had a varied career as a uniform officer and a detective. His duties included arson and explosives investigation and his training involved a placement with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Fire Investigation and Analysis Unit.  Later he worked in the insurance industry, investigating and managing large fire claims, before setting up his own consultancy in 2010.  Since 2014 John has worked as an Associate with JW Munday & Associates on a contract basis, while continuing to run his own practice based near Melbourne.

We are still trying to find a business use for John’s guitar playing and coffee drinking skills.

Vithyaa (Vicky) Thavapalan | Investigator

BSc, MSc, Grad Dip FI

Vicky holds a Bachelor of Science and Technology degree from University of Sydney, a Master of Forensic Science from University of Technology Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Fire Investigation from Charles Sturt University. She has also studied with Gardiner Associates Training and Research in the UK, completing the Joint Services Fire Investigation Practical Course and the Advanced Fire & Explosion Course. She is working towards her CFI qualification with the IAAI.

Having started as an intern with JW Munday & Associates during 2015, she is now an operational fire investigator and has already completed more than 50 scene examinations.  Vicky is also our company Safety Officer, authorised drone pilot and fitness adviser.