Trinidad Native and Fire Service Veteran Prepares for Fire Investigation Career

EKU Online Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation student Michael Charles

Trinidad native Michael Charles worked in the fire service for more than 30 years. He spent 14 years with the state fire service. He’s also worked as a senior fire officer for a national oil company.

Now, he’s working toward a second career in fire investigation. “Arson is a serious problem in Trinidad,” he said.  “It can really impact the economy of our country.” 

As an online student in fire, arson and explosion investigation, Michael said he feels like a part of the university  - even though he lives thousands of miles away. The personal attention, from both advisors and faculty at EKU, makes him even more confident in his decision.

The highlight of his student experience so far has been the Fire and Explosion Scene Analysis course. That’s when he spent a week with several other EKU Online fire protection students at the university’s fire labs and burn facilities in Richmond, Kentucky for a chance to get hands-on training, collaborate with classmates and talk face-to-face with EKU instructors.

He’s enjoyed the learning process. “You don’t know what you don’t know, until you know it,” he joked.

Even with decades of fire service experience, the process of earning his fire investigation degree has caused Michael to think about fire protection differently, and he’s excited about his next career move.


Published on October 05, 2016