DANIEL MADRZYKOWSKI, PhD, PE, FSFPE, is a research engineer at the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. Over the past 20 years, he has led several research efforts with a focus on improving firefighter safety and effectiveness, as well as fire dynamics related to fire investigation. He is a member of the NFPA Fire Service Training , the Structural Firefighting, and Fire Investigation Technical Committees. He is a member of the ISFSI and was named its Instructor of the Year in 2009. In 2012, he was awarded the rank of honorary battalion chief with the FDNY and received the Granito Excellence in Fire Leadership Award. In 2013, he was invited to the White House to be honored with the Citizens Service Award, a result of his research for the fire service. He received a President’s Award from the IAFC for his firefighting research in 2014; in 2016, he developed on-line training programs on fire dynamics and firefighting research. He earned a B.S. and an M.S. degree from the University of Maryland and his PhD in fire engineering from the University of Canterbury. He is a registered engineer in the State of Maryland and a fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He is a member of the Maryland Fire Rescue Education and Training Commission.
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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