Mr. Finchum graduated from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) with a Bachelor of Science in Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation. During his time at EKU, Mr. Finchum studied all aspects of fire and explosion origin and cause determination including fire and explosion scene analysis, photography, technical report writing, expert witness testimony, fire dynamics, fire modeling including Fire Dynamic Simulator (FDS) and CFAST, in depth analysis of NFPA 921 and NFPA 1033, and criminal law.
Mr. Finchum worked as a fire investigator for ACS Investigative Services, traveling to fire scenes all over the state of Missouri to document the scene and determine origin and cause. Tasks included collecting and documenting evidence, photographing the scene, diagramming the scene, interviewing witnesses, writing technical reports based upon findings and conclusions. Mr. Finchum investigated and assisted in performing the origin and cause investigation of over 300 fire scenes.