Leo Herrmann Fireplace and Chimney Services Inc.

Leo Herrmann Fireplace and Chimney Services Inc.
Expert Forensic, Consulting, and Specialty Services
CURRICULUM VITAE
&
PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES
FOR
LEO R. HERRMANN
A Professional Chimney Sweep and Fireplace Inspector
Specializing in:
DAMAGE CONSULTING
FIRE LOSS INVESTIGATION
ON-SITE INSPECTIONS
LITIGATION SUPPORT/EXPERT WITNESS
ANALYSIS OF SOLID FUEL, GAS, AND PELLET APPLIANCE
INSTALLATION AND OPERATIONAL DEFICIENCY
INDUSTRY STANDARDS APPLICATION
CHIMNEY REPAIR, SWEEPING AND RELINING
CHIMNEY/VENTING CONSTRUCTION
PRE-REQUISITE/RESALE FIREPLACE AND CHIMNEY INSPECTIONS
CUSTOMER SERVICE/CUSTOMER RELATIONS
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BUSINESS TITLE
Owner/President/Inspector
Leo Herrmann Fireplace and Chimney Services Inc.
11-3-12- current
PO Box 55
Fairless Hills Pa. 19030
WORK EXPERIENCE
General Manager/Sales & Installation Design
E&E Chimney Sweeps and
E&E Stove and Fireplace Center
7/1/09 – 12/29/12
Forman/Inspector/Installer
5/1/85 – 7/1/12
E&E Chimney Sweeps and Stoves
96 Trenton Road
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
Inspector/Consultant
9/1/02- 12/29/12
E&E Inspection and Consulting Services
96 Trenton Road
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
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Inspector/ Consultant
All County Chimney Evaluators
1992-1994
Fairless Hills, PA
This business was one of the first specialized service pre-requisite/ resale chimney evaluation companies
in existence. Clients were provided with condition reports, recommendations on repairs and available
services. No repairs were performed. This was strictly an evaluation and consulting company.
Forman/Mason
Four Seasons Masonry
1992-2005
402 River Road
Tullytown Pa. 19054
Four Seasons was a full service masonry contractor performing residential and light commercial masonry
construction including chimneys and fireplaces, brick and stone veneer, concrete construction and
stucco.
EDUCATION
Pennsbury High School
1985 Graduated
Hood Boulevard
Fairless Hills, PA 19030
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CERTIFICATIONS
Certified Chimney Sweep
7/1986-Current
Chimney Safety Institute of America
16021 Industrial Drive Suite 8
Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Phone (301) 963-6900
Certified Chimney Sweep #1748
F.I.R.E. Certified Inspector
4/2002-Current
Fireplace Investigation, Research and Education
5325 Commerce Avenue #5
Moorpark, CA 93021 Phone (805) 552-9954
Certified Fireplace Inspector #FP-043
F.I.R.E. Advanced-Expert Witness Certification
7/2004
Fireplace Investigation, Research and Education
5325 Commerce Avenue #5
Moorpark, CA 93021 Phone (805) 552-9954
Certification #FP-043
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CERTIFICATIONS-continued
NFI Certified MHP-Master Hearth Professional
2/2006-Current
N.F.I. National Fireplace Institute
1901 North Moore Street, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22209 Phone (703) 524-8030
Gas, Pellet, Wood Specialist
Certification #150205
INDUSTRY RELATED TRAINING
National Supa Flu, Walton, New York
Certified Installer January 1987
Five-day course on fireplace and chimney relining and sizing with slurry-type thermal concrete,
cast-in-place chimney linings. Wayne Hubbard, Instructor
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National Supa Flu, Walton, New York
Certified Installer June 1989
Five-day course on slip-form type thermal concrete lining and relining. Wayne Hubbard, Instructor
Ahrens Chimney Technique, Sioux Falls, SD
Certified Installer June 1990
Five-day course on sizing and installation of slip-form thermal concrete lining and relining.
Monte Lutz, Instructor
Ahrens Chimney Technique, Sioux Falls, SD
Certified Commercial Installer February 1993
Five-day course on industrial/commercial chimney sizing and relining installation of slip-form
Thermal concrete type linings and OSHA safety training.
Monte Lutz, Instructor
Hearth and Home Technologies, Lakeville, MN 55044
Hearth Expert 2012
Hearth and Home Technologies is the manufacturer of numerous brands of fireplaces and hearth
appliances. This Inspector has taken and obtained all manufacturer’s training required to sell, service
and install hearth products manufactured by Hearth and Home Technologies prior to 12/29/12.
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National Chimney Sweep Guild and HPBA Trade Shows
Various Continuous Education Unit presentations at conventions in: Hershey Pa., Scranton Pa.,
Lancaster Pa., Philadelphia, PA and Salt Lake City Utah between 1985 and 2012
Gas venting of residential heating equipment
NFPA 54 Sizing, testing and installation of gas vents for residential equipment
Instructors: Dennis Dowd and Martin van Adelsberg
F.I.R.E., Fireplace Investigation, Research and Education
October 1989
April 2002
Moorpark, CA Dale Feb, Instructor
Training Included:
Inspection of prefabricated and masonry chimneys and fireplaces utilizing:
THE NFPA (National Fire Prevention Associations) 211 Standard For Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents,
and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances- Chapter 11-Inspections (Currently Chapter 14) Levels of
Inspection detailing Scope, Access and Circumstances for Chimney Inspection
Utilizing Codes and Standards regarding:
*Sizing and design of fireplaces
*Clearances of solid fuel appliances and chimneys
* Fire stopping and shaft enclosure construction
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Applying knowledge and systematic methodology for diagnostics of
*Performance related issues
*Failures of Prefabricated, pre-cast concrete and cast-in-place fireplaces
*Evaluating area of origin, fire investigation
*Inspection and troubleshooting flue linings
Utilizing:
*Basic fire science
Certifications received, Levels I, II, and III
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Career Summary
Industry Experience
May 1985- September 2013
My years of experience are “hands on experience” in nearly every aspect of the fireplace and chimney
industry. Throughout my career I’ve considered myself a professional chimney sweep. I worked my way
up to the general manager position of a full service chimney sweeping, masonry construction, repairs
and retail fireplace and stove company. In recent years, I guided this firm to multiple years of award
winning service with steady growth. My job duties included selling, installing, servicing and troubleshooting wood burning, gas fireplace, pellet and coal burning appliances. I have designed, restored,
installed and built masonry chimneys and fireplaces. In addition to my experiences with masonry
structures, I worked servicing and installing thousands of prefabricated chimneys and fireplaces. I have
personally installed thousands of UL Listed stainless steel lining systems and cast-in-place lining systems
for solid fuels, oil and gas appliances. A large amount of my experience was working with and inspecting
oil burning and gas burning equipment chimneys. One entire year of my working career was at Fort Dix
Army Base, New Jersey installing and designing commercial/industrial Category II gas venting during the
bases renovations prior to 911.
I personally performed thousands of NFPA 211 Standard’s Levels I and II Chimney Inspections while
designing installations for myself and other crews. Resale chimney inspections were and still are
required in several Lower Bucks County Municipalities for occupancy permits since the late 1980’s. I was
inspecting chimneys for NFPA 211 compliance well before the addition of the Inspection Chapter
introduce in the NFPA 211’s 2000 edition. Through my career I personally performed over 40,000
chimney services, inspections and appliance pre-installation inspections.
I have been assigned to assist in hundreds of structure fire investigations as an industry expert working
with cause and origin investigators, insurance carriers, law firms and local government officials. During
the course of this work, I have developed skills providing litigation support for attorneys and working
with other industry experts. I utilize my hands on experience as an installer and knowledge of
components as an installation designer to assist in forensic investigations. My background provides
valuable information regarding mechanical installation and construction sequence. This “hands on”
experience is vital for identifying if a part is missing, failed, inspected or improperly built contributing to
the loss.
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AFFILIATIONS
Mid-Atlantic Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (MAHPBA), Board of Directors 1/12 to 11/12
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