Gorbett Featured among Nation's "Top 15 Arson Investigation Professors"

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Greg Gorbett, associate professor in Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Justice & Safety, was featured recently as one of the nation’s “Top 15 Arson Investigation Professors” by ForensicsColleges.com.

The site says Gorbett, “having worked as both a firefighter and a fire and explosion analyst, is well-versed in the fieldwork necessary to become a successful fire investigator.”

In 2006, Gorbett received the John Charles Wilson Scholarship from the International Association of Arson Investigators, “a testament to his dedication to the field of arson investigation.”

In a “60 Minutes” segment on a deadly hotel fire that aired on CBS-TV in 2013, Gorbett was cited as one of the nation’s “top five fire experts.” Also last year, FireScience.org named the EKU faculty member in its list of the Top 10 Fire Science Instructors in the South.

ForensicsColleges.com based its rankings on the individuals’ amount of field experience and arson investigation research, as well as the reputation of the institutions where they teach.

“The job of an arson investigator is essential when it comes to determining the cause of any suspicious fire,” the web site said. “Arson investigators may work for fire departments, law enforcement agencies, or even insurance companies. While most training was once done on the job, the tides have shifted toward more formal, academic training in investigative procedures and fire science.”

The list can be seen at www.forensicscolleges.com/blog/profs/top-arson-investigation-professors.

Published on February 12, 2014