Dr. Peter Mansi, President of the International Association of Arson Investigators, a professional fire investigation association with 79 chapters and 8,000 members world-wide, took time from attending the 2014 IAAI Tennessee state meeting in Knoxville, TN, to travel to Eastern Kentucky University to visit with faculty and staff of the School of Safety, Security and Emergency Management (SSEM).
Greg Gorbett, Associate Professor, SSEM, invited Dr. Mansi to campus to tour the classrooms and labs and discuss the degree programs offered by the Fire Protection Program at Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Justice & Safety.
“EKU has had a close working relationship with the past presidents of IAAI, including EKU grads, and this is an opportunity to show Dr. Mansi what we do here and talk about working together in the future,” said Gorbett, who also coordinates the on campus and online Fire Protection Administration (FPA) and Fire, Arson and Explosion Investigation (FAEI) degrees. “The visit was especially meaningful because Mansi resides in the United Kingdom and was only visiting the United States for a limited time.”
Dr. Mansi, became President of the IAAI in April 2014. He is the first off-US Continent President in the IAAI’s 65 year history. He served as the UK Chapter President for 11 years.
“Both IAAI and EKU’s FAEI program have a common goal of increasing the knowledge and professionalism in the fire investigation profession,” said Gorbett. “It was a pleasure to highlight EKU’s remarkable facilities and faculty with an eye towards building a more active relationship between EKU and IAAI.”
Dr. Mansi was an operational fire officer within the London Fire Brigade for over 30 years; the last 12 of those as a fire investigator. He has a Ph.D. in forensic fire investigation, developing a unique and comprehensive methodology by designing a series of 23 Fire Investigation Road Maps (FIRMs) and associated guidance. He is now a Managing Partner in Fire Investigations (UK) LLP, a forensic fire investigation consultancy, which responds to cases throughout the world.
Eastern Kentucky University’s College of Justice & Safety offers three accredited and highly respected degree programs in fire protection, which are available online and on-campus. Students may choose from Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation, Fire Protection Administration and Fire Protection & Safety Engineering Technology. EKU is an accredited, brick-and-mortar institution celebrating more than 100 years of student success.
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