The following is a list of all fire departments, individuals, or other organizations that are members of the Collin County Fire Investigator's Association.
Steve Seddig has been a member of Wylie Fire-Rescue since 1994. He currently serves as fire marshal and division chief. He is the elected president of the Collin County Fire & Arson Investigators Association and was instrumental in bringing to Texas one of only two fire death investigation courses in the country that uses human case studies. The most recent course was attended by 93 fire marshals, investigators, and attorneys from agencies across the country. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Administration from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, Associate of Applied Science – Fire Science from Collin College in Plano, Texas, and Associate of Applied Science – Law Enforcement Technology from Rio Salado College in Tempe, Ariz.
Bobby Kores has been serving as the vice-president for the CCFIAI since January 2017. He has been a participating member of the task force since 2014. Bobby is certified as a fire investigator and inspector through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. Bobby is currently working as a Fire Inspector/ Investigator with Wylie Fire-Rescue, conducting fire safety inspections and fire investigations for both the City of Wylie and Collin County. He formerly served as a Sergeant in the patrol division with the Dallas County Community College District Police Department, at El Centro College in downtown Dallas, where he worked for eight and a half years.
Morrell Blissett was elected as secretary in February 2018. He has been a participating member of the task force since 2014. Morrell is certified as an Intermediate structural firefighter, intermediate fire investigator, and intermediate fire inspector and a fire service instructor level two through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. He is also a certified emergency medical technician basic through the Texas Department of Health. Morrell has been working for the City of McKinney for over fourteen years as an inspector/investigator and was commissioned as a peace officer in July of 2017. He is also a CPR instructor through the American Heart Association and has enjoyed teaching CPR to people of all ages for over eight years. While serving as the communications officer at the Merit Volunteer Fire
Department in Hunt County TX for five years, Morrell worked for ADT as an alarm technician for nine years.
Jeff began his career in the fire service by attending Collin County Community College’s Fire Academy in 1999. He worked for Plano Fire Rescue in the Fire Marshal’s office as a plan reviewer and inspector until he joined Plano Fire Rescue as a Fire Rescue Specialist. He worked for Plano for a total of 13 years. Summer of 2006 he joined Fairview Fire Rescue as a part-time Fire Inspector. In 2009, he became Fairview’s Assistant Fire Chief and Fire Marshal and later joined Fairview in a full-time capacity in January 2012. He is the treasurer for the Collin County Fire Investigation Association and has been doing so since 2014.
He is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology. He also holds a Master Fire Fighter certification, Advanced Inspector and Fire Investigator’s certification through Texas Commission on Fire Protection.
Kelly Comes to Collin County with over fifteen years experience as a private forensic fire investigator. He was a police officer for eight years, with six of those years spent in criminal investigations. He has an Associates Degree in Law Enforcement Technology, and a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Degree studying Criminal Justice.
He has investigated or supervised over 1,300 origin and cause investigations, including fires and explosions involving fatalities, as well as complex subrogation issues involving multi-million dollar losses. His work has included first party insurance investigations, third party insurance defense work, plaintiff’s work, consumer product liability cases, contractor liability, and file review. Investigations have included losses to residences, vehicles, commercial/industrial structures, and wild land fires.
Kelly has actively participated in live burn training of over thirty structures, more than fifty automobiles, and dozens of appliances. Kelly has assisted with the coordination of structural test burns involving both hog and human cadavers for the purpose of post-fire and post-blast death investigations. He serves as Vice President of the North Texas Fire Investigator’s Association, and is the Education Chair of the Collin County Fire Investigator’s Association.