Online Students Get Hands-On Experience Investigating Quarter Box Fires

On Friday, February 7, students in the EKU Online Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation degree program had the opportunity to come to the Richmond, KY campus to participate in supervised fire investigation exercises. Students constructed miniature houses in a quarter box with simple ventilation systems. This provided the students with an opportunity to conduct an analysis of where the fire began. The quarter box fire provides an opportunity for students to utilize all of the necessary skills needed when conducting a fire investigation, only on a smaller scale.

EKU Online degree students met their enrollment advisor, Stephanie Black.

Online Fire Arson Investigation Students

Fire Investigation Professor Greg Gorbett gave online students a tour of the world class fire and safety facilities housed in the Ashland, Inc. Fire and Safety Laboratory. Online degree students have the opportunity to take full advantage of the facilities when they come to campus.

Online Fire Arson Investigation Students

Students began constructing their miniature houses and furniture. The students measured and photographed the quarter box to compare the box before and after the fire.

Online Fire Arson Investigation Students

Online Fire Arson Investigator Students

After the fire was set, the students analyzed the remains of the quarter boxes using the principles of fire investigation they learned previously in the online Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation program.

Online Fire Arson Investigator Students

Online Fire Arson Investigator Students

While on campus, online students worked with the fire investigation instructors who guided them in proper technique and shared tips for investigating fires.

Online Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation students benefit from online courses and receive two weeks of hands-on training at our lab in Richmond, Kentucky. Through the combination of online classes and hands-on training, students gain the necessary skills to be a leader in the field of fire investigation.

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Published on February 11, 2014