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College of Applied Sciences and Arts Honors Top Fire Science Instructors in the U.S. recently named its top fire science instructors in the United States for 2013. The website set out to find educators in fire science, fire responder care, and forestry who had been recognized for excellence in the classroom, on campus and in the community. The six regionally based top instructor lists include the following:

·         13 Sensational Southeast Fire Science Instructors
·         8 Top Fire Science Instructors in the Pacific Northwest
·         Top 10 Fire Science Instructors in the South
·         Top 14 Fire Science Instructors in the Midwest
·         Top 15 Fire Science Instructors in the Northeast
·         Top Fire Science Instructors – 15 Best in the West

“Our goal with the top instructors project is to recognize some of the very best educators and mentors in fire science,” said Matt Davis, Managing Director of “When our site visitors expressed deep interest in learning about the people who make our fire departments, academies, and college programs tick, we were more than honored to oblige.”

This marks the first (and definitely not the last) year has honored fire science instructors across the country.

Top 14 Fire Science Instructors in the Midwest

The Midwest has a long history in fire science in the United States, with dozens of great programs at colleges, universities, and academies dotting the region. But who makes these programs stand out? The students? Yes. The staff? Of course. The faculty? Absolutely. And while each training program has tons of top notch instructors, these 14 in the Midwest excel in the classroom and the community in 2013.

Gary Kistner

Kistner, Program Coordinator and Director of Graduate Studies of Fire Service Management, joined the SIU faculty in 2005. His classes have included Risk Management in the Fire Service, Governmental Aspects in the Fire Service, Labor Relations in the Fire Service, Professional Development in the Fire Service, and Public Management in Fire Service and Homeland Security.

About is a non-for-profit organization dedicated to creating free and valuable resources related to fire science, as well as to firefighter and first responder training. In addition to detailed articles about fire science and firefighting in U.S. cities and states, the site offers the most comprehensive and up-to-date tool for locating city, county, tribal, state, and federal fire departments, both career and volunteer: