DEREK ALKONIS is a battalion chief and a 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles County (CA) Fire Department. For the past two years, he has served as the director of training, responsible for recruit and incumbent training. Previously, he was assigned to one of the busiest battalions in Los Angeles County. He has served on the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Service Joint Labor Management Wellness-Fitness Technical Committee since its inception in 1996 and is the lead investigator for the IAFF Fire Ground SurvivalProgram.
This roundtable discussion from Tracy, Madrzykowski, Alkonis, and Kerber looks at how science and technology, from research to reports to new firefighting devices and computer programs, are aiding firefighters in new ways to battle the enemy.
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