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Date: October 11, 2021
Location: Microsoft Teams
Speaker: Ray Bizal
11:30AM: Chapter Business
12:00PM: Key Note Presentation
1:00PM: Conclusion of Meeting
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Event Flyer: October 2021 Meeting.pdf
The AHJ and construction communities responded with creativity and resilience to the challenges of the COVID pandemic, including the idea of remote inspections. NFPA authorized a brand new standard now in its final draft form; when published the first edition will be the 2024 edition. Ray will give an overview of the standard and share some of the more innovative and progressive practices in this field.
Ray is Director of Regional Operations at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) overseeing the North American NFPA Regional Directors, who provide outreach and advocacy supporting the adoption and enforcement of NFPA codes and standards, identifying tools and solutions for fire, electrical and related hazards, and advocating for fire safety at the local and state legislative levels. He currently serves as Immediate Past President of the SoCal Chapter of SFPE and is a member of the LAFD’s Fire Code Advisory Committee. Prior to joining NFPA in 2000, Ray spent 12 years with the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) and International Fire Code Institute (IFCI), where he served in several positions, including Uniform Fire Code Coordinator and Manager of Code Development. As manager of code development, he was responsible for the development of the Uniform Codes and related documents, as well as ICBO’s participation in the technical development of the International Code Council’s (ICC) inaugural International Codes and related documents. He also served as staff liaison for the drafting and development of the Wildland Urban Interface Code in the late 1990’s which was produced through the California State Fire Marshal’s office. Ray also worked at the Lockheed Missiles and Space Company Fire Department as a fire protection specialist, and Factory Mutual Engineering Association as a loss prevention consultant. He is the 2006 recipient of the Western Fire Chiefs Association’s Robert W. Gain Award and the 2014 recipient of the California Fire Chiefs, Northern California Fire Prevention Officer’s Charles H. Gray Memorial Award. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, he is a registered FPE in California.