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Special Agents Kevin Heimerl & Michael Rindt Attain Certified Fire Investigator Status


MADISON - Two Special Agents of the Wisconsin Department of Justice have completed the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) Certified Fire Investigators Program. The CFI program is an established process for identifying and recognizing a fire investigator's expertise. Once this status has been granted, Certified Fire Investigators gain access to advanced resources in the field of arson and explosion investigations.


"Kevin and Michael's dedication to the people of Wisconsin exemplifies the commitment to excellence that we look for throughout the Department of Justice," said Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen. "I want to recognize the time and effort they put into completing this demanding certification process in order to better serve the people of Wisconsin."


Special Agent Heimerl has been employed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation Arson Bureau since January 2004. After attending the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, receiving a BS in a double major of Criminal Justice and Political Science, Special Agent Heimerl spent 14 years with the Columbus County Sheriff's Department, with 11 of those years as a Detective. While employed with Columbia County, he conducted fire investigations for the Sheriff's Department, and assisted local fire departments with origin and cause investigations.


Special Agent Heimerl attended DCI's Arson School for Law Enforcement in 1993. He has frequently attended the annual training seminar of the Wisconsin Chapter 25, IAAI for many years, and is a member of the IAAI. He has also attended the National Fire Academy's course on Fire/Arson Investigation.


Special Agent Heimerl has been teaching various topics, to include Origin Determination and Fire Scene Preservation for the DCI Arson Bureau, and has presented this training to multiple local fire investigation task force groups throughout the state.


Special Agent Michael Rindt has been in law enforcement for the past 16 years. Since 2004, he has been employed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation. Prior to working for the DOJ, he was employed by the Washington County Sheriff's Department. He held the duties of patrolman and detective while with Washington County.


Special Agent Rindt earned a BS Degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison, majoring in Behavioral Science and Law.


Special Agent Rindt is a past director and current 2nd Vice President of the WI Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. In October of 2009, he became an Adjunct Instructor in Fire/Arson Investigation at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.


Both Special Agents are currently Deputy Fire Marshals within the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation.