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Washington Post and NFPA Journal highlight work of NFPA committee member Dan Madrzykowski, recipient of Service to America Medal

Blog Post created by Fred Durso Employee on Oct 9, 2013

"I burn things for a living," says Dan Madrzykowski in a recent article for The Washington Post website. The statement is quite the understatement, since Madrzykowski, leader of the Firefighting Technology Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has an array of responsibilities, many of which are relevant to NFPA's mission. (He also sits on NFPA's Fire Investigations Committee and Fire Service Training Committee.)

Earlier this month, Madrzykowski was honored as one of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal recipients for his extensive analysis on fire behavior that aims to improve everything from fire suppression tactics to firefighter gear. “His science-based recommendations are critical for the fire service,  where many firefighters do not have an understanding of fire dynamics,” Anthony Hamins, chief of NIST’s Fire Research Division, tells The Washington Post. “He is  leading a transformational change in fire service thinking.”

Check out a recent article in NFPA Journal describing Madrzykowski's involvement in cooking fire prevention, and this video featuring him:

2013 Service to America Medals from Partnership for Public Service on Vimeo.

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