Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) was honored at the 23rd Annual "Firefighter of the Year” award ceremony with the 2012 State Fire Marshal’s Award, which recognizes significant contributions to the fire service made by those outside of the service.

"For more than a decade, a group of WPI faculty has been diligently working to develop technologies to protect our first responders,” said Dennis Berkey, president and CEO of WPI. "They have worked closely with the Worcester Fire Department, with federal researchers and with industry to move this important work forward. This award recognizes their hard work and it echoes the pride that the entire WPI community feels for this exceptional team.”