Dr. Dan Madrzykowski talks about an experiment early on in his career that drove home the importance of sharing information that could potentially change the outcome of an incident. He stresses the responsibility of every firefighter to be the eyes and ears of the incident commander on the fireground. “Everyone has a role in leadership.”

Dr. Dan Madrzykowski

Daniel “Dan” Madrzykowski is the Director of Research for the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. He has a Ph.D. in fire engineering from the University of Canterbury and an MS in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland. Dan has over 32 years of experience working to improve fire safety by conducting research and development in areas of fire dynamics, fire test methods, fire control, and fire investigation. Dan is a member of the NFPA and serves on the committees for Fire Service Training, Structural Fire Fighting, and Fire Investigation. He is a member of the ISFSI and co-developed the Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires course. Dan has collaborated with IAAI and IAFC in the development of several online training programs. Dan is a Fellow with the SFPE and was presented with the Harold E. Nelson Service Award in 2017. As a result of his firefighting research, he has been honored with many awards including the rank of Honorary Battalion Chief with the FDNY, the IAFC President’s Award, the IFSTA Granito Award, the ISFSI Instructor of the Year, and the Citizen Services, Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal.

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Inspiration for the Next Generation of Fire Service Leadership

The Legacies in Leadership video series captures thoughts from fire service leaders with advice for the next generation of leaders. Viewers will hear how the nation's fire service legacies started their careers, learn about the impact of notable emergency incidents, and perspectives on how the fire service has changed and what the future holds.

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