Prairieland Fire and Forensics - Mark Bishop
Mark Bishop, the owner of Prairieland Fire and Forensics, started his career with fire back in 1980 as a volunteer for the New Brighton MN fire department.
About 3 years later the Chief told him that he wanted Mark to be the Fire Inspector.
After about a year he
started taking "Code" classes and to break the monotony, took an investigation class at Fire School
A while later, after a fire, the Chief said "you've been to a class, tell me what caused this fire" and since that moment he went to more classes and became a full-time member of the New Brighton Fire Department.
In 1995, Mark
was blessed to receive the opportunity to have the first "Arson Dog" in Minnesota.
The dog, named Buddy, and Mark
had a wonderful time for 4 years, up until Bud's retirement as an Arson Dog.
became a CFI on the strength of all the fires he
looked at with Bud and was able to persuade a self-style national company to hire him as their investigator in Minnesota.
After working with that company for 5 years Mark and his
wife decided to set up their own business called Prairieland Fire
and Forensics, which is still an ongoing business.
The company is now based out of Wisconsin but has a stable client base across North Dakota.
While working a fatal fire in Fargo with his dog Bud, he met some of the guys who founded the North Dakota chapter of the IAAI.
After talking to them, Mark decided to join and has been a member of the North Dakota Chapter for 10 years.
He has served on the Board and taught at some of the seminars during his time.
The 2012 annual seminar is hoping to include classes for insurance professionals taught by Mark
and other professionals.
10 year membership, the North Dakota chapter of the IAAI
has grown from a handful of members into a strong, stable and forward looking group, clearly leading fire investigation training within the state of North Dakota.
A few years ago the idea of a sustaining membership was brought up and Mark
wife were happy to be able to do something to support the association.