Science in the Big Room

Now available for on demand viewing.

This event was originally broadcast on March 14, 2017 and is now available for on demand viewing.

Event Description:

The fire service continues to drive the movement for science-based research to better understand the fire environment and how tactics influence the fire conditions. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) continue to partner with the fire service with laboratory and field fire research. UL is in the process of more closely studying fire suppression to educate the fire service in respect to the most appropriate use of suppression appliances and techniques. The most current information on this ground-breaking study will be explained and discussed. NIST is also continuing its efforts to answer questions that the fire service needs answered. NIST is currently looking at some line-of-duty death incidents to recreate the incident and test possible tactics that could possibly avert similar future tragic events. Implementing tactical changes in standard operating procedures and on the fireground will be discussed and illustrated.

Presented by:

Steve Kerber
UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute

Steve Kerber is the Director of the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. He has led research with the fire service in the areas of ventilation, structural collapse, and fire dynamics. A 13-year veteran of the fire service, with most of his service at the College Park Fire Department in Prince George's County Maryland where he served at ranks up through Deputy Chief.  He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland and is currently working on his doctorate at Lund University in Sweden.  Steve has also been appointed to the rank of Honorary Battalion Chief by the FDNY and was named the 2014 ISFSI and Fire Engineering George D. Post Instructor of the Year.

Dan Madrzykowski
Fire Protection Engineer
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Daniel Madrzykowski, PE, FSFPE, is leader, firefighting technology, at the First Research Division, Engineering Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology.
A fire protection engineer and fire researcher, he applies fire dynamics to the fireground to improve firefighter safety and efficiency.  He was the Fire Engineering/ISFSI Instructor of the Year in 2009.

Jerry Tracy
Battalion Chief (Ret.)
Fire Department of New York

Derek Alkonis
Assistant Chief
Los Angeles County (CA) Fire Department

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