“PREMIER” firestop inspector
CA-Designated campus fire marshal
ICC-Fire plans examiner
CA-SFT Fire inspector II & fire prevention Consultant
After medical retirement from the United States Marines and a short but exciting experience as a Reserve Firefighter in Orange County, I decided fire prevention was the career path for me. As I became more and more involved with my fire prevention internships, the more I enjoyed fire protection. I was participating in these internships while researching alternative careers in the fire service, school, and applying to become a career firefighter. With my medical retirement preventing me from giving fire suppression 100%, it did not prevent me from studying and applying all of my efforts into the fire prevention sciences and the application of fire prevention enforcement in CCR Title 24 Construction.
My fire prevention career spans geographically throughout California, as I reached out to accomplish career and family goals. I started my fire education, learned fire suppression activities, provided administrative support, and was introduced to fire prevention in Orange County. I took my basic knowledge of fire prevention to the Central Valley of California, where I was enthusiastically introduced to CCR Title 24 Fire & Building Codes. With mentorship, deep prevention discussions, and friendship I become more proficient and more confident in enforcing building and fire code standards. During this time I also completed my associate degree and multiple California State Fire Training Certifications. After some time I decided it was time to continue my search for a jurisdiction with greater career and family opportunities. In 2016, I was given the opportunity to return to the state healthcare system and become a Designated Campus Fire Marshal (DCFM)/Fire Plans Examiner in San Diego, Ca.
During my time in San Diego I have continued my fire prevention education and have completed multiple International Code Council certifications, continued up the California State Fire Training Certification Track, and have decided to specialize my fire protection engineering knowledge to “passive fire protection” in Risk Category III/IV buildings.
Why passive fire protection? Easy, for me; as I have become more involved with my own career responsibilities as a DCFM/FPE for two medical centers, a very detailed and balanced fire prevention approach is only achieved if containment is maintained through-out the life of the building along with the other active fire systems on campus.
What is a balanced fire prevention approach? Maintaining a balanced fire prevention initiative, to me, is not only maintaining the fire alarm and fire sprinklers, but understanding the fire rated construction and fire/smoke barrier that provide safe refuge for non-ambulatory guests. It is paramount for the safety of the occupants, that in the unlikelihood of a large fire the fire/smoke barriers will resist the passage of flame and smoke. The “minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare”, require it.
Let me take what I know about the California healthcare construction industry and the CCR Title 24 requirements and provide any construction project with a dedicated 3rd party firestop inspector and career fire prevention professional with years of code consultations, interpretations, enforcement, and plans review experience.