Founder – Robert J Davidson

Building and Fire Code Consultant

 

Robert Davidson is retired from a career as a Fire Marshal in the state of New Jersey. In this position he commanded a Fire Safety/Special Operations Division and was responsible for the supervision of the Fire Safety Bureau and the Office of Emergency Management. His position included assessing hazardous material risks, response plan development, and mitigation of hazardous material incident impacts. His division had regulatory oversight of all buildings, structures and premises pursuant to the NJ Uniform Fire Code to ensure they were maintained as constructed pursuant to the NJ Uniform Construction Code, the Hotel, Motel & Multiple Dwelling regulations and the Rooming & Boarding House regulations along with their referenced standards and related laws, ordinances and regulations effecting health, safety and welfare.

His career responsibilities’ included: Regulatory proposal review and comment; drafting and review of local ordinances effecting health, safety and welfare; planning and zoning board subdivision and site plan reviews; site compliance inspections starting from the point of site development; code compliance and enforcement; fire, arson and environmental incident investigations; public education and community/business group presentations; liaison to local, county, state and national emergency response or regulatory agencies.

He has instructed a variety of subjects involving firefighting, rescue, health, safety, OSHA compliance, building code, fire code and housing code compliance for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Middlesex County College, Middlesex County, New Jersey and the Middlesex County Fire Academy. Mr. Davidson has been developing and instructing courses on various regulatory, health and safety topics for the past twenty eight (28) years. He has been a speaker at the National Fire Protection Associations' World Safety Conference for five conferences.

He is a certified hazardous material technician and specialist, a certified hazard materials scene commander, and is certified and/or licensed as a Fire Marshal, Construction Code Official, Housing Code Official and Fire Protection Subcode Official - High Hazard Specialist.  He has been certified and/or approved as an instructor of fire code, firefighting, construction code, housing code and hazardous material courses.

In 2005, he gained national recognition serving as chair of the International Code Council’s ‘International Fire Code Development Committee’ and he serves as chair of the Subchapter III Subcommittee, (NJ Uniform Fire Code technical provisions), for the NJ State Fire Safety Commission, Codes Advisory Council. He currently chairs the ICC Fire Code Interpretation Committee.

He has been involved in the Fire, Law Enforcement, and EMS fields on a career and volunteer basis for over 35 years and in 2006 was the recipient of the International Code Councils annual “Fire Service Award”.

He is currently the Managing Partner and primary expert for Davidson Code Concepts, LLC a firm that operates as a consulting business servicing the design profession, legal profession, business community, insurance industry, construction industry, educational institutions and the code enforcement community across the United States; specializing in code development, educational presentations, code compliance analysis, solution development, post incident code review and expert testimony.

Following are some of his experiences and accomplishments:

 

EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE

 

9/90 to present

Managing Partner and primary expert for Davidson Code Concepts, LLC.

 

9/96 to present

Instructor/Course Developer - Rutgers University, Center for Local Government Services, Develops and instructs NJ Uniform Construction Code, fire code & housing code continuing education credit and mandatory Code Update seminars for Fire Marshals, Fire Subcode Officials/Inspectors, Building Subcode Officials/Inspectors, Plumbing Subcode Officials/Inspectors, Electrical Subcode Officials/Inspectors and Housing Subcode Officials/Inspectors.

 

4/2000 – present

Consultant/Instructor – Under contract to The DiCristina Group and Code Solutions, Inc. providing course development and instructional services for CEU program courses for code enforcement officers, Architects and the Burglar & Fire Alarm Industry. Additionally involved in providing permit expediting and plan review services; code compliance analysis and solution development; and construction site health & safety plan development, audits and training.01/2010 Instructor – Under contract to the International Code Council, providing instruction on updates to the International Building Code and the International Fire Code. 

 

01/2010

Instructor – Under contract to the International Code Council, providing instruction on updates to the International Building Code and the International Fire Code

 

04/2008

Course Developer/Instructor – Under contract to the International Code Council, providing course development services for implementation of the New York City adoption of the International Series of Model Codes. Target audiences include Architects designing projects within NYC; NYC Building Department staff; and FDNY staff responsible for application of the Building and/or Fire Codes. Topics include, “Mixed Occupancies”, “Means or Egress”, “Architectural Applications for Designers”, and “NYC Building Code Fundamentals”.

 

02/03 to 12/09

Instructor/Course Developer – Middlesex County College adult education as an instructor for the Housing Inspector Licensing Course; developed the Housing Official/Inspector CEU program courses; restructured and editorially updated the Housing Official and Housing Inspector Licensing Courses. Assited in the redevelopment, coordination and instruction of the Fire Protection Inspector ICS & HHS NJ Uniform Construction Code licensing courses.

  

8/84 to 9/05

Fire Marshal - Commanded the Fire Safety Division for the South Brunswick Code Enforcement Department which includes functioning as Chief Administrator of a State recognized Fire Safety Bureau that performed a full range of duties including: Fire and Life Safety Inspections, Public Safety Education, Emergency Response Training, Fire Investigations and Hazardous Material Response. While in this position Mr. Davidson also commanded the local Environmental Crime/Arson Unit for eight (8) years during the time his Division was assigned to the Police Department as a Special Operations Division.

 

1/92 to 9/05

Deputy OEM Coordinator/Acting OEM Coordinator – For the South Brunswick Office of Emergency Management responsible for Emergency Operations Center Operations, Township Emergency Operations Plan Development and Maintenance, Hazardous Material Response and Mitigation, Fire and Rescue services and Industrial Mutual Aid. Also served as EOC Commander and Incident Commander as necessary.

 

4/90 to 12/03

Instructor/Course Director - UMDNJ School of Public Health Education, Environmental Occupational Health Sciences Institute, New Brunswick, NJ, on hazardous material, environmental, and health and safety courses including OSHA compliance.

 

8/92 to 6/03

Instructor/Course Developer - Middlesex County Fire Academy, Sayreville, NJ. Developed and instructed the academy’s Fire Prevention Inspector and Fire Official certification courses from 8/92 through 12/2000. Instructed numerous courses and/or portions of courses including Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Fire Officer, MVA Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue, Rope Rescue, Hazardous Materials also served as Safety Officer for fire department and fire company drill programs.

 

6/94 to 5/96

Instructor - New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management, Emergency Response Planning Unit, Trenton, NJ on confined space rescue and hazardous material incident response and control.

 

FIRE CODE, BUILDING CODE & HOUSING CODE

REGULATION & CODE DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE &

LICENSING/CERTIFICATION COURSE DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCE
 

1992 to Present

Member NJ State Fire Safety Commission Codes Advisory Council. Currently Chair of the Fire Prevention Code Subcommittee, coordinated the complete upgrade of the New Jersey Uniform Fire Code to the 1996 national code provisions, and currently coordinating an upgrade to the International Fire Code 2006 edition. 
 

2011 to Present

Member of the International Code Council’s Building Code Action Committee for development of the 2015 series of I-Codes.
 
2011 to Present

Member of the New York City Fire Department’s “2011 Fire Code Revision Project Advisory Committee”
 
2010 to Present

Alternate member of the NFPA 1 Fire Code Technical Committee representing the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
 
2009 to Present

Code Enforcer representative on the Hydrogen Industry Panel on Codes (HIPOC), a committee jointly sponsored by ICC, NFPA, and US DOE for the purpose of working to coordinate codes and standards applying to the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel source.
 
2009 to 2011
Chair of the International Code Council Fire Code Interpretations Committee. 
 
2009 to 2010
Member of the Joint Fire Services Review Committee as the Chair of the Northeast Regional Code Action Committee, (Representing the International Association of Fire Chiefs). This committee reviews and recommends changes to the International Code Council’s series of codes including but not limited to the Building Code, Fire Code, Mechanical Code and Fuel Gas Code. 
 
2009 to 2010
Representative for the International Association of Fire Chiefs as a member of the Northeast Code Action Committee to the International Code Council. This committee reviews and recommends changes to the International Code Council’s series of codes including but not limited to the Building Code, Fire Code, Mechanical Code and Fuel Gas Code. Selected to Chair the committee for this code change cycle. 
 
2007 to 01/2010
Code consultant to the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) and member of the NASFM Model Codes Committee. This activity includes research, analysis, codes & standards development, testimony and presentations on a multitude of topics regulated by model codes and standards. 
 
2007 to 2009
Code consultant and facilitator for the National Association of State Fire Marshals and the US Department of Energy National Renewable Laboratory for the planning, development and facilitating of alternative energy workshops for code officials and industry members including but not limited to hydrogen as a fuel, biofuels, ethanol, solar power and wind power. 
 
2007 to 2009
Code consultant to Plug Power, Inc. on matters concerning the use of stationary hydrogen fuel cells as an alternative energy power source. This activity includes research and analysis of codes and standards affecting the deployment of stationary hydrogen fuels cells and associated storage of hydrogen gas along with code development and testimony activities. 
 
2007 to 2008
Member of the ‘International Building Code – Fire Safety, Code Development Committee’ for the International Code Council, Inc., Falls Church, Virginia. This committee holds public hearings on and votes to accept, modify or deny proposed changes to the International Building Code. 
 
2008
Code consultant to the New Jersey Burglar and Fire Alarm Association on matters concerning regulations affecting the installation and maintenance of burglar and fire alarms systems. 
 
2006 to 2007
Member of the ‘International Residential Code, Code Development Committee’ for the International Code Council, Inc., Falls Church, Virginia. This committee holds public hearings on and votes to accept, modify or deny proposed changes to the International Residential (construction) Code

 
2007

Represented the International Association of Fire Chiefs as a member of the Northeast Code Action Committee to the International Code Council, July 2007. This committee reviews and recommends changes to the International Code Council’s series of codes including but not limited to the Building Code, Fire Code, Mechanical Code and Fuel Gas Code.
 
2000 to 2006

Member of the ‘International Fire Code Development Committee’ for the International Code Council, Inc., Falls Church, Virginia. Served as Chairperson in 2005. This committee holds public hearings on and votes to accept, modify or deny proposed changes to the International Fire Code and portions of the International Building, Mechanical and Fuel Gas codes.
 
2006

Represented the International Code Council as a member of the Northeast Code Action Committee to the International Code Council, February 2006. This committee reviews and recommends changes to the International Code Council’s series of codes including but not limited to the Building Code, Fire Code, Mechanical Code and Fuel Gas Code.
 
2004/2005

Represented the National Association of State Fire Marshals on the Northeast Code Action Committee and the Fire Code Coordinating Council to the International Code Council. This committee reviews and recommends changes to the International Code Council’s series of codes including but not limited to the Building Code, Fire Code, Mechanical Code and Fuel Gas Code.
 
2003-2004

Continued to assist the International Code Council and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for the State of New York working with the NYC Mayor’s Task Force on Adopting a Model Code for the City of New York by providing technical guidance on review and adoption of IBC and IFC Chapters dealing with hazardous materials.
 
2001-2003

Assisted the International Code Council and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for the State of New York in a presentation before the NYC Mayor’s Task Force on Adopting a Model Code for the City of New York.
 
2002

Developed the State of NJ 90 hour ‘Fire Inspector Certification Course’ for mandatory use by all educational facilities providing fire inspector certification courses in NJ. Also drafted the regulations requiring this program to be utilized.
 
2002

Assisted the Office of the Assistant Secretary of State for the State of New York as a mediator for the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Task Force comprised of fire service, LPG industry, and state officials involved in the development of New York State fire code regulations.
 
2004

Performed a technical review and reformatting of the instructor guides and textbooks for the NJ 60 hour ‘Inspector of Hotels and Multiple Dwellings Certification Course’. As part of the review developed PowerPoint presentations to be utilized for instructing the program.
 
2002

Principal Committee Member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Record Protection.
 
1999-2000

Member of the ‘Construction Interpretations Committee’ for Building Officials & Code Administrators International, Country Club Hills, Illinois.
 
1993

Assisted with the development of the course entitled: ‘Board of Appeals Workshop’. Provided technical background and case examples and arranged for videotaping of a mock Board of Appeals hearing. The course was subsequently adopted by both the NJ Division of Fire Safety and the NJ Division of Codes and Standards for presentation as a CEU seminar for construction code officials, fire code officials and members of Board’s of Appeal.
 
1992

Developed the initial State approved Fire Official and Fire Inspector Certification Courses for the Middlesex County Fire Academy.
 
1985

Drafted the Ordinance for and implemented the enforcement of the NJ Uniform Fire Code in South Brunswick, NJ.
 
1983

Developed the first Fire Inspector I Certification Course for the Bergen County NJ Fire Academy. 
 
 
 GUEST SPEAKER AND PANELIST ENGAGEMENTS 
  

2011

Presenter at the Annual Georgia Fire Prevention Symposium, Forsyth, GA on the topic of “Fire Resistant Construction – Passive Protection”, July 2011

 

2011

Presenter at the 6th Annual Symposium of the New Jersey Burglar & Fire Alarm Association on the topics of; The New Jersey Construction Code Process, The New Jersey Barrier Free Subcode and ADA; and Health & Safety, January 2011.

 

2010

Panelist at the Solar Power International Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Panel session: “Latest Developments in Fire Prevention and Mitigation for PV Modules and Systems”, subtopic: “New PV Provisions in the International Fire and Building Codes”, October 13, 2010.

  
2010

Presenter at the Annual Georgia Fire Prevention Symposium, Forsyth, GA on the topic of “Solar Photovoltaic Modules, Hazards to Firefighters & What Does the Codes Have to Say about Them”, July 2010.

2010
Speaker at the Annual Winter Educational Conference of the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society on the topic of “International Building Code and International Fire Code Update – 2009 editions”, February 2010. My firm also provided a speaker on “Residential Fire Suppression Systems”.
 
 2010
Participant and relief instructor at the 5th Annual Symposium of the New Jersey Burglar & Fire Alarm Association on the topics of; The New Jersey Construction Code Process, The New Jersey Barrier Free Subcode and ADA; and Health & Safety, January 2010.
 
 
2009
Speaker at the Chapter meeting of the American Fire Alarm Association, New Jersey Chapter on the topic of “The NJ Adoption of the 2006 International Fire Code”, November 2009.
 
 2009
Speaker at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte Campus, School of Architecture for the second time on the topics of ‘Introduction to Building Codes’, 'Understanding Influences and Concepts of Egress Design' and 'Structural Integrity and Confinement Smoke and Fire in Multi-Story Buildings'. November 2009.
 
 2009
Presenter at the Annual Georgia Fire Prevention Symposium, Forsyth, GA on the topics of Smoke Control Systems and Alternative Fuels Workshop, July 2009.
 
 
2009
Speaker at the NFPA World Safety Conference, Chicago, Illinois, June 2009. Presentations entitled “Smoke Control System - Reliability” and “Plenum Space Fuel Load”.
 
 
2009
Presenter at the Annual California Fire Prevention Institute sponsored by the California Fire Chiefs Association – Fire Prevention Officers Section, on the topic of “Leed? Green Building? Carbon Credits? What does this Mean to a Code Official?”. My firm also provided a second instructor for “Residential Plan Review”. March 2009
 
 2009
Speaker at the Annual Winter Educational Conference of the Michigan Fire Inspectors Society on the topic of “Smoke Control Systems”, February 2009.
 
 2009
Speaker at the 4th Annual Symposium of the New Jersey Burglar & Fire Alarm Association on the topics of; The New Jersey Construction Code Process, The New Jersey Barrier Free Subcode and ADA; and Health & Safety, January 2009.
 
 
2009
Speaker at the Fire Facts Seminar #15 sponsored by City Fire Equipment, Inc., Seton Hall University, and the South Orange Fire Department on the topic of “New Jersey Fire Prevention Code Update”. January 2009.
 
 2008
Panelist at the NJ League of Municipalities Annual Conference on the topic of “The Uniform Fire Code and One- and Two-family Dwellings”. November 2008
 
 2008
Speaker at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte Campus, School of Architecture for the second time on the topics of ‘Introduction to Building Codes’, 'Understanding Influences and Concepts of Egress Design' and 'Structural Integrity and Confinement Smoke and Fire in Multi-Story Buildings'. October 24, 2008.
 
 2008
Speaker at a Meeting of the New Jersey Burglar & Fire Alarm Association - Central Region, July 31, 2008. Topics included the NJ Uniform Construction Code as applied to the burglar & fire alarm industry, residential fire alarm systems, and the impact of VOIP on monitoring of residential fire alarm systems.
 
 2008
Presenter at the Annual Georgia Fire Prevention Symposium, Forsyth, GA on of Smoke Control Systems, July 2008.
 
 2008
Speaker at the NFPA World Safety Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2008. Presentation entitled “Smoke Control System - Reliability”.
 
 
2008
Presenter at the New Hampshire Fire Academy on the topic of “Hazardous Occupancies and Explosion Relief”, April 2008.
 
 2008
Speaker at the 3rd Annual Symposium of the New Jersey Burglar & Fire Alarm Association on the topics of; The New Jersey Construction Code Process, The New Jersey Barrier Free Subcode and ADA; and Health & Safety, January 24, 2008.
 
 2007
Speaker at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte Campus, School of Architecture for the second time on the topics of ‘Introduction to Building Codes’, 'Understanding Influences and Concepts of Egress Design' and 'Structural Integrity and Confinement Smoke and Fire in Multi-Story Buildings'. November 9, 2007.
 
 
2007
Speaker at the NFPA World Safety Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, June 2007. Presentation entitled “Hazardous Occupancies & Explosion Relief”.
 
 2007
Speaker at the 2nd Annual Symposium of the New Jersey Burglar & Fire Alarm Association on the topics of; The New Jersey Construction Code Process, The New Jersey Barrier Free Subcode and ADA; and Health & Safety, February 1, 2007. 
  
2006

Panelist for the N.J.F.P.P.A. Panel Discussion at the Annual Conference of the NJ League of Municipalities, held in Atlantic City, NJ on November 16, 2006. Participated and moderated in discussion on the topic: “Adoption of the 2006 International Fire Code”
 
2006

Speaker/panelist at The Annual New Jersey Planning Conference hosted by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association and The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers, The State University on the topic of New Jersey’s Renewable Energy Resources. November 3, 2006.
 
2006

Code Consultant to and Guest Speaker at the dedication of the first residential home to be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell/solar renewable energy power system in East Amwell, NJ, October 20, 2006. The first project of this type to go through the routine construction code permit application and approval process.
 
2006

Speaker at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte Campus, School of Architecture for the second time on the topics of 'Understanding Influences and Concepts of Egress Design' and 'Structural Integrity and Confinement Smoke and Fire in Multi-Story Buildings'. October 13, 2006.
 
2006

Speaker at a luncheon of the Monmouth County Building Officials Association concerning the Board of Appeals process. Fort Monmouth Officers Club, September 6, 2006.
 
2006

Speaker at the NFPA World Safety Conference, Orlando, Florida, June 2006. Presentation entitled “Understanding and Testing Smoke Management Systems”.
 
2006

Keynote Speaker at the third stakeholder networking event of The New Jersey Hydrogen Learning Center, held at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. April 3, 2006. Topic was “Codes and Standards for Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Technology: Issues for New Jersey Companies and Public Officials”.
 
2006

Speaker at the 1st Annual Symposium of the New Jersey Burglar & Fire Alarm Association on the topics of; The New Jersey Construction Code Process, The New Jersey Barrier Free Subcode and ADA; and Health & Safety.
 
2005

Panelist for the N.J.F.P.P.A. Panel Discussion at the Annual Conference of the NJ League of Municipalities, held in Atlantic City, NJ on November 17, 2005. Participated and moderated in discussion on the topic: “Fire Officials and Fire Subcode Officials: Working Together for a Safer Community”
 
2005

Speaker at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte Campus, School of Architecture on the topics of 'Understanding Influences and Concepts of Egress Design' and 'Structural Integrity and Confinement Smoke and Fire in Multi-Story Buildings'.
 
2005

Speaker at the NFPA World Safety Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2005. Presentation entitled “Building Code Sprinkler System Trade-offs”.
 
2005

Speaker at the 15th Annual Convention & Trade Show of the New Jersey Burglar & Fire Alarm Association on the topics of; The New Jersey Construction Code Process, The New Jersey Barrier Free Subcode and ADA; and Health & Safety.
 
2004

Speaker at the NFPA World Safety Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 2004 and Fall Educational Conference, Miami Beach, Florida, November 2004. Presentation entitled “A Wall is not a Wall”.
 
2004

Speaker at the Plant Engineering & Facilities Maintenance Show on the topic of 'NJ Uniform Fire Code: Transition to the International Fire Code'.
 
2004

Speaker at the 14th Annual Convention & Trade Show of the New Jersey Burglar & Fire Alarm Association on the topics of; The New Jersey Construction Code Process, and Fire Safety Vs. Security.
 
2002

Served as a panelist at the NJ Chemical Industry Council’s Annual CAP Fest involving the topics: ‘Media Relations During a Crisis’ and ‘Communicating Crisis’.
 
1999

Panelist for the N.J.F.P.P.A. Panel discussion at the Annual Conference of the NJ League of Municipalities, held in Atlantic City, NJ on November 18, 1999. Presented and participated in discussion on the topic: “Today’s Standards and New Image in Fire Prevention”.
 
1999

Panelist for the Building Officials and Code Administrators, International’s ‘Fire Prevention Symposium’ held on July 22, 1999 in Sayreville, NJ. Presented and participated with the panel discussion entitled, “Technology Forum – Special Issues in Fire Protection”. 
 
 
AWARDS, PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIPS, LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS 

  
Awards
 
2006

Recipient of the International Code Council’s annual ‘ICC Fire Service Award’ which is presented in recognition of untiring support of and dedication to professional code enforcement and the fire protection profession.

September 20, 2006
 
11/2000

Named ‘2000 Fire Prevention Inspector of the Year’ by the NJ Fire Prevention & Protection Association, BOCA Chapter 77 (Now an ICC Chapter).
 
1993

Named “Fire Prevention Man of the Year” by the Middlesex County Fire Prevention and Protection Association.
 
 
Professional Organization Memberships 
 
International Code Council 2000 - present

 

National Fire Protection Association 1983 - present

 

International Association of Fire Chiefs - 1998 - present

 

 

2004 to 2009

Officer on the Executive Board of the NJ Fire Prevention and Protection Association, currently serving as Secretary. (Active member since 1983)
 
2003 to 2006

President of the Middlesex County NJ Fire Prevention & Protection Association. 
  
2001

Member of the Board of Directors of the International Fire Code Institute.
 
1/90 to 1/96

Served as Executive Officer for the Middlesex County Fire Prevention and Protection Association, including as President.
 
5/72 to 6/95

Member of the Volunteer/Part-paid Fire Suppression Service. Served as a firefighter, apparatus operator, engineer, instuctor and line officer.
 
1/89 to 6/94

Executive Officer to Monmouth Junction Volunteer Fire Department
 
NJ. Fire Prevention & Protection Association 1983 - 2009
Middlesex County Fire Prevention & Protection Association 1985 - 2008
International Association of Arson Investigators 1985 - 2007
NJ Association of Arson Investigators 1985 - 2007
Building Officials & Code Administrators, Int’l, Inc. 1983 - 2000
Bergen County Fire Prevention & Protection Association 1982 – 1986
 
 
Licenses, Certifications & Approvals
 
NJ Uniform Construction Code Instructor
NJ Housing Official/Inspector Instructor
NJ Fire Official/Fire Inspector Instructor
NJ Fire Marshal/Inspector 
NJ Construction Official
NJ Fire Subcode Official HHS
NJ Housing Official/Inspector
NJ Fire Service Instructor Level II
NJ Fire Service Instructor Live Burn
NJ Fire Service Instructor SCBA 

Confined Space Entry/Rescue Instructor 

Hazardous Material Technician 

Hazardous Material Specialist 

Hazardous Waste Site Supervisor

Hazardous Waste Site Worker 

Hazardous Materials On-Scene Incident Commander 

Hazardous Material Instructor 
 
 
ADDITIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS 
 

2011

Served as a Hearing Officer for the State of South Carolina in a matter concerning enforcement of the South Carolina Fire Prevention Code by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

 

2006

Member of the New Jersey Fire Prevention & Protection Association’s ‘Fire Safety Study Committee’. A committee assembled to review the final report of the original NJ Fire Safety Study Commission to determine if the goals of that historic report has been met as the 25th anniversary of its issuance approaches.
 
12/86 to 9/2005

Initiated the development of the South Brunswick Industrial Mutual Aid Council, served as the Emergency Services Liaison.
 
1/85 to 9/2005

Fire Service Liaison to Office of Emergency Management in South Brunswick.
 
1/92 to 2004

Actively participated in the development of the South Brunswick Area Community Advisory Panel for local chemical facilities, serving as the Emergency Services Liaison.
 
1998

Assisted in the inception and development of the ‘Arson Task Force and Liaison Training Program’ for the Middlesex County, NJ, County Prosecutor’s Office. Served as a presenter for the introductory meeting of Police and Fire agencies.
 
1/94 to 1/97

Member of Middlesex County, NJ Local Emergency Planning Council.
 
1996

Established a pilot program entitled ‘In Partnership with Business Program’ designed to encourage large businesses to employ staff, or train existing staff, as certified fire inspectors for the purpose of conducting routine facility fire safety audits. The goal was to improve overall facility fire safety and to reduce the number of violations of the NJ Uniform Fire Code, leading to reduced inspection time by government inspectors. The program was limited to South Brunswick, NJ and was conducted with the approval of the NJ Division of Fire Safety.
 
1996

Designed and arranged for the implementation of activities necessary for outfitting and dedication of the ‘South Brunswick Police Department Training Center’. A state of the art facility that serves as a facility for in service training as well as hosting state and nationally recognized training programs for police, fire, and office of emergency management personnel.
 
1991

Assisted in the Development of a nationally recognized Confined Space Entry/Rescue Course for UMDNJ-EOHSI.
 
1989

Provided technical information and expert opinion to the Department of Government Services, Rutgers, The State University for their ‘Anticipated Impact on Public Emergency Services’ for the ‘Cedar Lane-Tract II’ a proposed large scale housing development. The analysis was published on May 1, 1989.
 
1988

Assisted the NJ Bureau of Fire Safety and the NJ Bureau of Explosives with the destruction of large quantities of illegal fireworks seized in various jurisdictions throughout the State of New Jersey. The activity occurred at the Hunterdon County Fire Academy on June 22, 1988.
 
1987

Arranged and hosted a presentation for code officials entitled: “Inspection Authority, SARA: New Authority – New Liability”. Presented by Law Advisory Companies, Inc. and held in South Brunswick, NJ.
 
1985

Selected as one of twelve New Jersey fire/police/hazmat/industry responders to participate in a train the trainer session on ‘Practical Tactical Considerations for Hazardous Material Incidents’ presented on September 23 and 24, 1985. The program was developed under a grant by the Institute for Life Safety Technology and Emergency Management Education, a Division of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, Ashland, MA.