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Fire service leaders, innovative programs honored at CFSI event

Dr. Daniel Madrzykowski and Peg Paul were among the honorees during the annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C.


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By FireRescue1 Staff

WASHINGTON — Several prestigious awards were presented Tuesday during the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s (CFSI) Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner in Washington, D.C., recognizing fire service leadership, commitment to safety, and innovation in EMS delivery.

The CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Daniel Madrzykowski, director of research for UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute. According to CFSI, “Dr. Madrzykowski is widely respected throughout the fire and emergency services for his contributions to research in the field of fire protection that spans over 35 years. The results of his work have led to pioneering advancements in firefighting practices, as well as adding to the base of knowledge for improved fire investigations and fire suppression systems that protect the built environment.” The award recognizes exemplary leaders in public safety for their work to improve the delivery of the fire and emergency services in the areas of prevention, mitigation and response.

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Peg Paul was honored as the recipient of the CFSI/IFSTA Dr. Anne W. Phillips Award for Leadership in Fire Safety Education, which recognizes individuals for outstanding achievements at the national level in fire safety education. According to CFSI, “For more than 30 years, Peg Paul has made significant contributions at the national level to fire prevention and life safety initiatives. She is best known for her national role in home fire sprinkler education, having developed a number of home fire safety education programs through her work on the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition. Paul has made many more significant contributions to fire safety education through her involvement with other national organizations and initiatives, including the Vision 20/20 Executive Committee, the Center for National Prevention Initiatives at Michigan Public Health Institute, the Fire and Life Safety Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the National Fire Protection Research Foundation. She previously served on the Board of the Phoenix Society of Burn Survivors.”


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The Greater Tucson Fire Foundation received the Senator Paul S. Sarbanes Fire Service Safety Leadership Award, which is co-sponsored by CFSI and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), with corporate support from State Farm Insurance and VFIS. Named after retired Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes of Maryland, the award recognizes organizations for outstanding contributions to firefighter health and safety. The GTFF is a nonprofit organization designed to assess and respond to unmet needs of the greater Tucson firefighter community by facilitating access to health and wellness resources while recognizing firefighter/EMS heritage and culture. CFSI and NFFF stated that they “recognize GTFF for three targeted programs it delivers to firefighters in the greater Tucson region: cardiac health and wellness, mental health and wellness, and cancer screening. Recognizing the financial challenges that many firefighters face, GTFF covers the cost of these programs to ensure that all firefighters in the region have access to them. All three programs involve partnerships with occupational health and mental health providers who deliver a wide range of services to address the growing health and wellness needs of the greater Tucson firefighters.”

The Excellence in Fire Service-Based EMS Award was presented to the Colorado Springs Fire Department for their innovations in the delivery of EMS. According to CFSI, “The Colorado Springs Fire Department was selected for this award for its Tiered Response Program. Like many fire departments across the nation, CSFD faced significant challenges dispatching ALS Engines and Trucks on 911 calls and treating patients for non-emergencies. In response, the fire department developed a multi-tiered response program that dispatches appropriate resources and personnel based on the actual needs of the patient. The program covers various potential users of the 911 system, including super utilizers, the elderly, the mentally ill, homeless, and incarcerated. Over 50 departments across the nation have met with CSFD personnel to learn about their program.”



Beyond the awards presentations, CFSI’s annual tribute to the nation’s fire service includes educational seminars and allows time for meetings with member of Congress, and network with colleagues. Learn more about the event and the annual awards program.