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Expert Witness No.2571


RETIRED: SUPERVISING DEPUTY STATE FIRE MARSHAL III
OFFICE OF THE STATE FIRE CALIFORNIA STATE FIRE MARSHAL / CALFIRE PROFESSIONAL HISTORY AND EXPERTISE
OFFICE OF THE STATE FIRE CALIFORNIA STATE FIRE MARSHAL / CALFIRE 24 YEARS, 8 MONTHS

Supervising Deputy State Fire Marshal III Fire & Life Safety Division, Sacramento, CA
7 YEARS - November 15, 2006 through December 31, 2012

Supervised OSFM Field Deputies and managed OSFM state construction project inspections and annual inspections in 15 California counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Monterey, Placer, Sacramento, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Sierra & Yolo.
Provided technical training to Deputy State Fire Marshals on all aspects of fire-resistive construction, fire alarm systems, smoke control systems, fire sprinklers systems, fire pumps and fire suppression systems. Assisted the OSFM Regulations and Analysis Division: Responsible for the adoption of California Fire Code and Building Code, Section 907 Fire Alarm Systems (2007 & 2010 Code Cycles) and the adoption of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code (2007, 2010, & 2013 Editions). Provided technical assistance to local fire agencies.
Provided informational assistance to the general public. Conducted pyrotechnic inspections at state-owned facilities. Conducted fire investigations as assigned.
OSFM Duty Chief (2) months a year.

INSPECTION, TESTING, ANALYSIS AND PLAN REVIEW OF:
Fire-resistive construction and fire & life safety of: High-rise buildings, acute care hospitals, convalescent hospitals, residential care facilities, residential facilities (dormitories, houses), laboratories, warehouses, tunnels, state office buildings, arenas, stadiums,, schools, state universities, state prisons, power generating facilities, pumping facilities, telecommunication facilities, camps, Caltrans maintenance facilities.
Fire alarm systems: addressable multiplex systems; network systems; voice-communication systems; MASS notification systems; smoke control system supervision, initiation & control; fire suppression system supervision, initiation & control, graphic firefighters control panels.
Smoke control systems; high-rise buildings; atriums; underground buildings; pressurized exit enclosures, passive systems.
Fire sprinkler systems; wet, dry-pip; pre-action, deluge, high-pressure mist sprinkler systems, fire pumps, water storage tanks, standpipe systems.
Fire suppression systems; FM-200, Inergen, CO2, Halon.
Electrical systems; emergency generators, uninterrupted power supplies, photovoltaic systems.
 

MAJOR PROJECTS INCLUDED:

Doyle Drive Tunnel Project, Phase I, San Francisco - Highway tunnel with fire alarm system, standpipes, deluge sprinkler system, smoke management system and temporary transportation management control center.
Caldecott Tunnel, Bore 4 Project, Oakland - Highway tunnel with fire alarm system, smoke control system in cross passageways, smoke management jet fans, fire pump/standpipe system, and transportation management center.
Devil’s Slide Tunnel Project, Highway 1, Pacifica - (2) highway tunnels with fire alarm, smoke control system in cross passageways, smoke management jet fans, fire pump/standpipe system and transportation management center.
CDCR Stockton Prison – New prison medical facility complex.
Sacramento Central Plant Facility – New central plant building serving 18 state office buildings: 12,000 VAC generators & HVAC compressors, fire alarm system, sprinkler system and hazardous material alarm system.
CHP Headquarters & Command Center, Sacramento - New building complex with command center, offices and helipad: network fire alarm voice-communication system, VESDA smoke detection systems, FM200 systems, fire sprinkler, system, foam extinguishing system at helipad, emergency generator.
OB 8 & OB 9 State Office Buildings, Sacramento - Total renovations of (2) high-rise state office buildings including: additional stairway in each building: voice-communication fire alarm systems, smoke control systems, fire sprinkler/ fire pump system, Inergen fire suppression system, firefighters command room, emergency generator.
CalSTERS Headquarters, West Sacramento - New high-rise office building: voice-communication fire alarm system, atrium & HR smoke control systems, fire sprinkler/fire pump system, FM-200 system, emergency generator.
CSU Monterey – Campus Library atrium smoke control system.
CALTRANS Headquarters, Sacramento - Voice-communication fire alarm system.
Library and Courts Building, Sacramento -Total renovation: voice-communication fire alarm system, high pressure fog sprinkler/fire pump system.

Deputy State Fire Marshal III Specialist Fire & Life Safety Division, Sacramento, CA
5 YEARS September 1, 2001 through November 15, 2006

INSPECTION, TESTING, ANALYSIS AND PLAN REVIEW OF:

Fire-resistive construction and fire & life safety of: High-rise buildings, acute care hospitals, residential facilities, laboratories, warehouses, state office buildings, schools, state universities, state prisons, power generating facilities, pumping facilities, telecommunication facilities, camps, Caltrans maintenance facilities.
Conducted technical fire and life safety construction inspections and testing of fire protection systems of state-owned and state-leased facilities and prepared detailed reports.
 
Conducted over-the-counter plan reviews, change orders, RFIs with architects and engineers of state- owned and state-leased building projects during construction, including; fire alarm systems, fire sprinklers systems, HVAC systems, fire-stopping and means of egress.
Provided training to Deputy State Fire Marshals on all aspects of fire alarm systems.
Provided field technical assistance to Deputy State Fire Marshals on fire alarm systems and smoke control systems.
Provided informational assistance to the general public.
Provided technical assistance to local fire agencies of Title 19-regulated occupancies. Conducted pyrotechnic inspections at state-owned facilities.

MAJOR PROJECTS INCLUDED:

CalPERS Headquarters – New high-rise office building with atrium, low-rise office building and underground parking garage: smoke control systems, voice-communication fire alarm system, fire sprinkler/fire pump systems, FM-200 systems.
Franchise Tax Complex – New (3) low-rise office buildings, central plant & high-piled storage warehouse (totaling 1,000,000 sq. ft.): fire sprinkler/fire pump system, network fire alarm system.
East End / Dept. of Education – New state office building: fire sprinkler system, voice-communication fire alarm system, emergency generator.
East End Complex – New state office buildings, (2) high-rise & (2) low-rise office buildings with underground parking garage; voice-communication network fire alarm systems, smoke control systems, fire sprinkler/fire pump systems, emergency generator.
CSP Sacramento Prison – Complete replacement of facility network fire alarm system.
CSU San Jose – (2) New campus high-rise dormitories; smoke control systems.

Deputy State Fire Marshal III, Regulations Coordinator Fire Engineering Division, Sacramento, CA
5 YEARS, 9 MONTHS December 2,1998 through September 1, 2001

Represented the Office of the State Fire Marshal at the California Building Standards Code Hearings and the International Building and Fire Code Hearings.
Development and adoption of the California Building Standards Code, Eleven (11) volumes of the CCR, Title 24, which include the Building Code, Fire Code, Mechanical Code, Electrical Code, Plumbing Code, Energy Code and adoption of National Standards including; NFPA 72, NFPA 13 & UL Standards,
Development and maintenance of the California Code of Regulations, Title 19.
Active participation in the development of model codes at the national level, including: Uniform Fire Code, International Building Code, International Fire Code and NFPA 72.
Provided informational assistance to the general public and governmental agencies pertaining to State Fire Marshal Regulations and Amendments to the California Building Standards Code.
Review and approval of all regulations and building standards proposed by other state agencies that promote fire and panic safety.
Analysis of Legislative Bills that may have regulatory effect on fire and panic safety or the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
Review and analysis of existing California Statutes pertaining to fire and life safety. Review of existing Formal Code Interpretations by the Office of the State Fire Marshal.
 
Active participation in the State Fire Marshal's Office Committees which included; OSFM Code User's Group and Emergency Procedures for the Blind Task Group.
Participation in the California Fire Chiefs Association Fire Prevention Officers Section, California Fire Alarm Association, Western Fire Chiefs Association, Building Standards Commission 2000 Code Partnership and various other fire prevention organizations and committees.

Deputy State Fire Marshal I San Diego Branch Office
9 YEARS, 7 MONTHS May 2, 1989 through December 2, 1998.

Conducted detailed Life Safety Code surveys of HHS Health Care Facilities, including inspection and testing of fire protection systems in acute care hospitals, convalescent hospitals, mental hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and ICFDDH facilities.
Conducted JCAHO Validation Surveys of acute care hospitals.
Conducted OSHPD fire and life safety construction inspections at hospitals and convalescent hospitals.
Conducted technical Fire and Life Safety inspections and testing of fire protection systems of state- owned facilities (annual, construction and complaint) and prepared detailed reports.
Conducted Annual Fire and Life Safety Inspections of State Prisons, jails and detention facilities. Conducted construction inspections and quarterly inspections of Caltrans Airspace properties.
Conducted OSA (DSA) fire and life safety construction project inspections of schools.
Conducted annual and constructions inspections of Title 19-regulated occupancies in unincorporated areas of San Diego County (Camps, schools, day care facilities, etc.).
Conducted plan reviews for fire and life safety of state-owned buildings, Caltrans Airspace properties and Camps located in San Diego County.
Conducted plan review of OSA (DSA) school construction projects (1-2 days per week for 1 year (1993).
Conducted plan review /over-the-counter of OSHPD construction projects for health care facilities. Conducted pyrotechnic inspections at state-owned facilities: firework displays, special effects, and theatrical.
Assisted with the CSFM fire extinguisher program in San Diego and Imperial Counties, including: administering examinations, conducted inspections, assisted SFM and law enforcement agencies with investigations.
Assisted local fire agencies with inspections of Title 19-regulated occupancies. Provided information and assistance to the public and local fire agencies as requested.
Represented OSFM at San Diego County Fire Chiefs’ Fire Prevention Officers meetings regarding. Provided technical presentations on the installation of fire alarm systems to: OSFM Fire Alarm Advisory Committee, San Diego County Fire Prevention Officers, Deputy State Fire Marshals.
Conducted technical analysis of fire alarm fire safety control functions and associated fail-safe circuits.
Represented OSFM as an expert witness, San Diego County Superior Court.

Deputy State Fire Marshal I
Southern Region Headquarters, West Covina, 1 YEAR May 2, 1988 through May 2, 1989.
 
Conducted Life Safety Code surveys of HHS Health Care Facilities for HICA. Conducted JCAHO Validation Surveys of acute care hospitals.
Conducted OSHPD fire and life safety construction inspections at hospitals and convalescent hospital projects.
Conducted OSA fire and life safety construction inspections at public schools projects. Conducted Caltrans Airspace Quarterly Inspections.
Conducted plan review for fire and life safety compliance of state-owned and OSHPD building construction and fire protection systems projects.

FORMER FIRE PROTECTION COMMITTEES

NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code Technical Correlating Committee, Principal, 10 years NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code, Public Fire Reporting Committee, Principal, 12 years Member National Fire Protection Association
California State Fire Marshal's Office:
Code Interpretation Committee, Former Chair, 12 years Fire Alarm Advisory Committee, 13 years
OSFM High-rise Building Task Force, Phase II, Chair OSFM Group L / Laboratory Committee, Chair OSFM, Telecommunications Committee, Chair
OSFM, Code 2000 Partnership, Co-Chair of Fire Protection Sub-committee OSFM, Code 2003 Code Correlation Committee
ICC International Fire Code – Fire Alarm Section Rewrite Committee California Fire Alarm Association, Government Honorary Member

EXPERT WITNESS
Installation requirements and plan review of fire alarm systems in acute care hospitals Deposition: Helix Electric / National Fail Safe, Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, CA – 2013

California prison fire and life safety requirements and the installation requirements of pre-action fire extinguishing systems at Salinas Valley State Prison - Federal Courthouse, Sacramento, CA – 2012

Installation of the network fire alarm system at Calipatria State Prison - Arbitration Court, Sacramento, CA -1994

California laws and regulations regarding the servicing of portable fire extinguishers - Superior Court, San Diego, CA -1996

AWARDS

Art Kane Memorial Award, California Automatic Fire Alarm Association 2013 California Medal of Valor Award, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, December 9, 2008 Superior Accomplishment Award, OSFM CalFire, June 2010
 
Certificate of Recognition Award, OSFM CalFire, November 15, 2006 Superior Accomplishment Award, OSFM CalFire, May 30, 2002


FIRE SERVICE EDUCATION

STATE FIRE MARSHAL STAFF ACADEMY (160 HOURS):
Title 19/24, PC-832, Fire Investigation 1A, How to Read Blueprints & Plans (1988)

STATE FIRE MARSHAL OFFICE
CalFire Supervision III, CalFire Academy (40 hours) 2009
Fire Inspector, California Firefighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee 1990 Fire Alarm Systems (24 hours) 1990
Motion Picture and TV Fire Safety Training (24 hours) 1996 Theatrical Pyrotechnics Training (8 hours) 1997
Pyrotechnic Laws, Regulation & Displays Seminar (8 hours) 2003

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES:
Basic Life Safety Code Surveyor Training, June 1996
Fire Safety Evaluation System/Board and Care, December 1994 Basic Life Safety Code Surveyor Training, December 1992 Regional Office Orientation, October 1991
Regional Office Orientation for State Agency Surveyors, October 1988

MIRAMAR JUNIOR COLLEGE, SAN DIEGO, CA:
Fire Prevention 1B (40 hours) 1995
Fire Investigation 1C (40 hours) 1995
Motion Picture and TV Fire Safety Officer Training (40 hours) 1993 Rescue System I (Heavy Rescue) (40 hours) 1991

FIRE SPRINKLER ADVISORY BOARD OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA:
Introduction to Fire Sprinklers (8 hours) 1991 Underground Piping and Water Supply (8 hours) 1991 Commercial Overhead Sprinkler Systems (8 hours) 1991 Special Sprinkler Systems (8 hours) 1991

MT. SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE, WALNUT, CA:
First Responder Operational (24 hours) 1995
Fire Prevention 1A, (40 hours), 1987
Fire Investigation 1A (40 hours), 1987
Fire Investigation 1B (40 hours) 1987

CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL:
Hazardous Materials Training (8 hours) 1987
 
PYRO-SPECTACULAR, RIALTO, CA:
Pyrotechnic Operator’s Training Seminar (8 hours) 1987

CSFM TRAINING, BISHOP CA:
Oil Fire School (16 hours) 1984
Oil Fire Control (16 hours) 1979

NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY FIELD PROGRAM:
Fire Incident Management (1 unit) 1982 Volunteer Fire Service Management (1 unit) 1981

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA AT RENO:
Chemical Fire Fighting (8 hours) 1983
Fire Fighting Fundamentals (6 hours) 1981 Flammable Liquids Fire Protection (8 hours) 1981 Fire Fighting Procedures (16 hours) 1980
Fire Ground Command (16 hours) 1980
Automobile Extrication (16 hours) 1980

RESQUE, INC. RENO, NEVADA:
Vehicular Extrication & Rescue (16 hours) 1982

POLK COUNTY VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL CENTER, FLORIDA:
Standard Firefighting (30 hours) 1978

DANIEL FREEMAN HOSPITAL PARAMEDIC SCHOOL, INGLEWOOD, CA:
Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic (27 units) 1982 Internship: Redondo Beach, CA Fire Department 1982 Los Angeles County Certified 1982
American Heart Association: Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified 1982

CRAFTON HILLS COLLEGE, YUCAIPA, CA:
California EMT-II (480 hours) Inland Counties Emergency Medical Agency (ICEMA) Certified 1985 Endo-tracheal Intubation (16 hours) ICEMA Certified 1986

CERRO COSO COMMUNITY COLLEGE, RIDGECREST, CA:
EMT Refresher (20 hours) ICEMA Certified EMT I-A 1981

BARSTOW COLLEGE, BARSTOW, CA:
Emergency Medical Care (110 hours) Inyo County Certified EMT I 1980

YAVAPAI COLLEGE, PRESCOTT, AZ:
Emergency Medical Care (110 hours) Arizona EMT-1 Certificate 1976

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