Rick Womack

Owner of Priority 1 Fire Investigation

Rick Womack is a Certified Fire Investigator through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI/CFI) with 34 years of experience. Beginning his career as a fire fighter, Rick quickly became interested in fire behavior. Since 1977 he has been involved in fire and explosion investigations in law enforcement and in the private sector.

Rick's law enforcement career began with the Texas State Fire Marshall’s office as a Deputy State Fire Marshall assigned to the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit. Rick was promoted to Regional Director over fire investigations for 86 counties and conducted investigations with the Texas Rangers, ATF, FBI and local authorities throughout Texas.

Serving in the private sector for 11 years, Rick has investigated and/or assisted in investigations involving fire deaths, fire injuries, firefighter deaths, homicides, explosions and bombings, clandestine labs, residential and business fires, vehicle fires, wildland fires, and appliance fires. Rick has testified as an expert witness in state, military and federal courts and has never been eliminated as an expert by a court.

Rick has obtained over 3,250 hours of documented training including origin and cause determinations of arson, accidental, electrical, structure, vehicles fires, gas explosions, wildfires, and appliance fires. Rick has also instructed and lectured at schools throughout Texas and New Mexico. In addition, Rick has been responsible for training fire investigators in the field and has been involved in close to 100 fire investigations per year.

Rick assisted in developing (and is a former President of) the West Texas Fire/Arson Investigators Association, an organization he is still involved in. He is also the former President and a member of the Central Texas Fire Investigators Association. Rick is also a member or former member of the FBI National Academy Association, International Association of Arson Investigators, International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators and the Texas State Arson Investigators Association.