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Dolence Electric Co. was founded in 1978 by Ralph Dolence, a licensed residential, commercial, and industrial master electrician. Ralph had worked as an instrument technician in the United States Marine Corps, an electrical design draftsman for Reliance Electric Co., and a configuration design analyst for Gould Inc. Ralph joined the Willowick Fire Department in 1971 and the South Euclid Fire Department in 1977 where he served as a fire fighter, fire officer, fire inspector, instructor, and fire investigator. He was responsible for fire training and fire investigations on both fire departments. By working as a licensed residential, commercial, and industrial master electrician while serving on both a full-time and part-time fire department, Ralph was afforded unique insight and expertise into the subject of electricity, fire and electrical code standards and requirements, and the technical aspects of the investigation of the origin and cause of fires which is unprecedented in the field. In 1991, Ralph made the decision to establish a company which specialized in fire, technical, and electrical related investigations after serving as a consultant to several private fire investigation organizations in Ohio since 1985. Thus, Dolence Electric Technical Consultants, Inc. was founded. Ralph has since received certification as a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) from the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI), Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) from the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), and is a State of Ohio Licensed Forensic Radiographer.

Robert Gartner joined our staff in 2008 as a senior fire investigator. Since 1965, Bob has been in the public service in the capacity of a volunteer fire fighter, fire officer, fire investigator, police officer, and deputy sheriff. Bob began his 30-year employment with Nationwide Insurance Company as a claims representative and retired from Nationwide as a special investigator/property loss consultant. In 1992, Bob and his dog, Pyra, became the first certified K-9 Detection Team in the insurance industry. Bob continued his K-9 certification with Kindle, his second dog, who was retired in early 2012. Bob has investigated and specialized in all types of subrogation, liability, commercial and property claims. Bob has had extensive training in fire investigation, fire cause and origin, arson, fraud, and crime prevention as well as experience as an instructor in these areas. Bob is certified as an IAAI-CFI and a NAFI-CFEI.

A well trained, experienced, and qualified fire investigator, Scott Shannon joined our team in February of 2012. Scott has been in the fire service for 30 years. He has previously been instrumental in developing a municipal fire investigation unit and initiating improvements in various department procedures. Scott has many years of experience as a fire fighter, paramedic, fire safety inspector, and fire investigator. He has had many years of fire investigation training with experience as an instructor in fire investigation. Scott is well respected by those with whom he has collaborated including those in law enforcement (federal, state, and local) and the fire service as well as attorneys and insurance companies. As a certified IAAI-CFI, Scott Shannon is an excellent additional resource to our team.

The most recent addition to our staff in May of 2012 was Electrical Engineer Eric Ray. Eric is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University’s Case School of Engineering with a four year degree in Electrical Engineering. As an Electrical Engineer, Eric has worked with our investigators, technicians, and engineers examining and analyzing electrical devices, equipment, components, and wiring both in the field and in our laboratory. Eric's passion as an Electrical Engineer has led him to pursue a Professional Engineer’s license, and in May of 2012 he was certified by The State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors of the State of Ohio as an E.I.

Over the years, Dolence Electric Technical Consultants, Inc. has grown into an industry-leading forensic investigations company that specializes in fire, technical, electrical related investigations, and forensic radiography. Our team is made up of court-recognized, certified experts which have served the insurance industry, legal profession, product manufacturers, utility companies, local, state, federal law enforcement, government agencies, and many others.

We offer a full range of technical services to serve your investigative needs. The goal of our company is to provide to our clients our technical resources, electrical expertise, and fire experience while serving professionally with truth, honesty, and integrity.