Fire Safety Evaluator Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Fire Safety Evaluator, Fire Building Code Analysis, Development of Model Codes, Fire Cause Investigation, Fire Evaluation, Fire Department Management Review,Fire Department response time, fire alarm notices,Meeting Facilitation, Meeting Logistics, Incident Command System, Fire Cost Recovery, Fire Department Response time

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A Company, Inc.
Senior Associate
March 2007- Present
Conduct fire and life safety evaluations.
Fire and building code analysis and development of model codes.
Fire cause investigation and evaluation.
Fire department management review.

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District
Assistant Chief – Fire Marshal
Dec 2000-Dec 2006
Managed 39-person Bureau.
Member of District’s Economical Development Team (Master Planning)
District’s representative to County Economic Development Department
Safety member of County’s Sub-Division Review Committee
Bureau processed 5400 project applications in 2005.

Sacramento Co Fire Protection District
Assistant Chief
Feb 1994-Nov 2000
Managed and provided oversight for EMS & Training Divisions
Manage and supervise operation of B shift, with three battalions, 20 stations, 120-employees.
Work as Battalion Chief covering battalion as required.
Oversee employee evaluation system of B shift personnel.
Oversee labor contract on daily basis.
District’s representative on Mather Air Force Base closure issues.
District’s representative on reorganization of Fire Communication Center JPA, included complete remodel of dispatch center, new CAD and 800 MHz system.
District’s voting representative to McClellan Regional Fire & Rescue Training Authority (JPA).
Developed fee schedule for EMS services.

Sacramento Co Fire Protection District
Fire Marshal, Assistant Chief
July 1989-January 1994
Managed 22-person Bureau.
Developed fee schedule for District services.
Spent several years working with County Building Official to coordinate Building & Fire Department plan check and field operations, where no working relationship had existed.

Rancho Cordova Fire Protection District
Fire Marshal
April 1987-June 1989
Managed and supervised five-person Bureau.
Member of District’s labor contract-negotiating team.
District administrator for PERS Health Plan.

Rancho Cordova Fire Protection District
Inspector III
April 1984 – March 1987
Performed fire prevention and fire investigation duties.
Strong understanding and application of UBC & UFC as plan checker and field inspector.

City of Monterey Fire Department
Fire Prevention Officer
November 1981- March 1984
Performed fire prevention and fire investigation duties.
Plan checking of UFC, UBC, California and National codes, and fire sprinkler issues.

City of Monterey Fire Department
Firefighter to Fire Captain
September 1981 – September 1974
Performed duties as company manager, fire fighting, EMS duties and relief Battalion Chief.
Performed employee evaluations in newly instituted system.
Performed duties of apparatus operations, fire fighting, EMS duties and relief Captain.
Performed firefighter and EMS duties.

Rancho Cordova Fire Protection District
Summer, Volunteer and Resident Firefighter
June 1972 – August 1974
Performed firefighter and EMS duties.

California Department of Forestry
Seasonal Firefighter
July 1971-August 1971
Performed firefighter duties.

Golden Gate University, Monterey, Ca.

  • Bachelor of Arts, Public Administration, April 1983
  • Heavy influence on Human Resources

American River College, Sacramento, Ca.

  • Associate of Arts Degree, Fire Science, June 1973
  • Certificate in Fire Science, June 1973

Cordova Senior High School, Rancho Cordova, Ca

  • High School diploma.

Numerous seminars and classes related to Fire Service Administration, Fire Investigation, Fire Prevention, Master Planning, Management and Fire Operations.

Certificates and Licenses

  • Fire Instructor 1
  • Fire Investigation 1
  • Community College Limited Teaching Credential


  • National Fire Protection Association
  • National Code Services Association
  • Northern California Fire Prevention Officers
  • Uniform Fire Code Co-Chairperson (1989-1991), including Fire Code development hearings twice a year to represent interest of Northern California fire service
  • California Administrative Code Co-Chairperson (1987-1989)

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