Humpday Hangout: UL and NIST on Fire Research

In today’s Humpday Hangout, Fire Engineering Editor in Chief Bobby Halton and FireRescue Editor in Chief Erich Roden talk to Steve Kerber of UL and Dan Madrzykowski of NIST about fire research and fire dynamics. They touch on Steve and Dan’s early projects, upcoming ventilation research, basement fires and “pushing fire,” and rapid cooling vs. thermal balancing. They also discuss the upcoming nozzle study.

STEPHEN KERBER is the director of the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute. He has led fire service research and education in the areas of ventilation, structural collapse, and fire dynamics. He is a 13-year veteran of the fire service and served most of that time with the College Park (MD) Fire Department, where he served at ranks up through deputy chief. He received his bachelo’’s and maste’’s degrees in fire protection engineering and is working on a doctorate in risk management and safety engineering. He is the 2014 Fire Engineering/ISFSI George D. Post Instructor of the Year.

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.


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