ICC Region I Radio

ICC Region I Radio

This is a podcast where we interview industry leaders in building and fire safety. This includes fire chiefs, fire marshals, building officials, and code enforcement officers. We discuss their backgrounds, how they stay informed on issues, leadership, what inspires them, and any resources that may help you in your career or those seeking a career in building and fire safety. This podcast is part of our continued dedication to excellence in education and engagement at the Local, Regional, National, and International levels, promoting a safer environment built environment.

Episodes

February 26, 2024 54 mins

Join us on ICC Region 1 Radio as we sit down with FDNY Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh, diving deep into the critical issues surrounding fire safety, lithium-ion battery technology, and the rise of micromobility devices like e-bikes and e-scooters. In this discussion, Commissioner Kavanagh shares her journey from political campaigns to leading the nation's largest fire department, revealing a commitment to public service and s...

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Summary Jennifer Hamilton from the California Hydrogen Business Council discusses the recent allocation of funding for hydrogen hubs and the opportunities it presents for the hydrogen fuel industry. She emphasizes the importance of hydrogen as a complementary technology to electric vehicles and its role in decarbonizing various sectors. Hamilton highlights the challenges of hydrogen infrastructure and the need for both battery an...

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Introduction: In this episode of ICC Region 1 Radio episode, I hosted Chief Stephen Hrustich, Project Manager, Vision 20/20. We examined community risk reduction (CRR), emphasizing its expansive nature beyond just fire prevention. Chief Hrustich shared insights on the power of data in risk mitigation. We also highlighted Vision 2020, an initiative pushing for CRR integration in the U.S. Fire Service, and its key resources like the...

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In this enlightening episode, we sit down with Dr. Abi Aghayere from Drexel University, an esteemed professor with a rich background in civil engineering. From gaining his foundational knowledge at the University of Lagos and MIT to transitioning into academia and shaping the next generation of engineers at Drexel, Dr. Aghayere shares his passionate journey. Dive into the tangible impact of structural engineers as they shape the ve...

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In this episode, Tim Spears and Ray O'Brocki delve into the critical topic of fire safety in construction. They discuss the challenges in fire safety education and enforcement, the importance of comprehensive fire safety plans, and the role of fire prevention program managers. The conversation also covers the perception of fire safety and the risk of complacency, the use of temporary alarm systems on construction sites, and the...

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In today's episode, we have a special guest, Ibrahim Jilani, Global Director & Industry Leader at UL Solutions, joining us to shed light on important issues related to fire prevention and product safety. Ibrahim has extensive experience in the field, and we are thrilled to have him here with us today.

Ibrahim Jilani shares his background and UL's role in ensuring product safety. We discuss the importance of independent ...

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In this episode of ICC Region I Radio, host Tim Spears sits down with Susan Dowty, Government Relations Manager with the International Code Council (ICC), to discuss the upcoming Building Safety Month and the resources offered by the ICC for local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs).

Susan shares her background in the building codes industry, including her experience with the San Diego County Building Department and her involvem...

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Are you interested in learning about energy sustainability and building code regulations? Then you won't want to miss this episode of ICC Region One Radio featuring Chris Olvera, the supervisor of the Outreach and Education Unit in the Building Standards Office of the California Energy Commission. Host Tim Spears delves into a range of topics with Chris, including his background, the educational opportunities and resources prov...

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Welcome to our podcast episode featuring Chief Daniel Berlant, Acting State Fire Marshal and Deputy Director for Community Wildfire Preparedness and Mitigation with Cal Fire. Join us as we discuss his career, experiences, and insights on building resilience, promoting life safety, and disaster preparedness in California. Learn how he balances work and personal life, builds networks with stakeholders, and connects communities to pro...

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In this episode I spoke with Judy Zakreski, Senior Vice President, Global Operations & Solutions. In this episode we discussed her role with the International Code Council, ICC’s global efforts and the implementation of the Family of Solutions, the many partnerships and development of a global network to promote building safety and many more topics.  Below are links to the items we discussed:  

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In this episode I spoke with Matt Wheeler, Executive Director with the California Building Officials (CALBO). In this episode we discussed his role as executive director, how he works sot engage code professionals and the private sector across California, resources CALBO provides code professionals, efforts to recruit new members into the profession, and many more topics. To find more information about CALBO, please visit their web...

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In this episode I spoke with Ron Piester, Vice President of Membership and Strategic Engagement with the International Code Council. In this episode we discussed how he stays informed on building safety issues, finds balance, the many member benefits ICC provides, ICC global initiatives, thoughts on those seeking a career in building safety and several other topics.  https://www.iccsafe.org/membership/about-membership/

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In this episode I spoke with Mia Marvelli, Executive Director with the California Building Standards Commission. In this episode we discussed her background, the many functions of the Building Standards Commission, how response to the pandemic affected their work, resources they provide to professionals and several other topics.    Links to items discussed in this episode:  

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In this episode I spoke with Cindy Davis, Deputy Director, Division of Building and Fire Regulations with the State of Virginia and the President of the Board of Directors of the International Code Council. We discussed her background, building relationships, ICC Global Initiatives, and the many programs that International Code Council offers code professionals.

JACK A. PROCTOR VIRGINIA BUILDING CODE ACADEMY (VBCA) https://www.dhcd...

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In this episode Madison Dominescy the Director of Safety 2.0 with the International Code Council joined me for discussion. In this episode we talked about Building Safety month and the many programs that International Code Council offers. Included are links to the items we discussed. Safety 2.0 https://www.iccsafe.org/safety2/ Technical Training Program https://www.iccsafe.org/professional-development/safety2/technical-training-pro...
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In this episode we spoke with retired battalion chiefs Gary Lum and Wayne Masuda. They both help to support the Hawaii State Fire Council. We discussed their backgrounds, experiences that helped shape their careers and their work with the State Fire Council. A topic we discussed was the efforts by the Honolulu Fire Department to implement its High-Rise Condominium Life Safety Evaluation program. Here is a link to the program detail...

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In this episode we spoke with Chief Tonya Hoover, Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator with the United States Fire Administration. We discussed Chief Hoover's background, what drew her to a fire service career, mentors and people that have shaped her career, adoption of requirements for residential fire sprinklers in California, the National Fire Academy and the curriculum, community risk reduction, and the future.  National Fire Ac...

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In this episode we spoke with Truong Huynh, General Superintendent with the Long Beach Building and Safety Bureau. We discussed his background, code development and his efforts with the L.A. Basin ICC Chapter. Here is the link to the Los Angeles Basin Chapter of the ICC's Code Coordination Committee and the shared spreadsheet we discussed in our conversation. https://icclabc.org/code-coordination  

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In this episode we spoke with Janice Van Mullem, Fire Marshal with the Huntington Beach Fire Department. In this episode we discussed her background, mentors she has had during her career, Huntington Beach programs to help new businesses, community reduction efforts in Huntington Beach, and leadership. Also here are the links to many of the items we discussed during the episode.

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In this episode we spoke with Greg Rogers, Deputy Fire Chief with the Spokane Valley Fire Department. In this episode we discussed his background and jurisdiction he serves, their efforts during Community Risk Reduction Week, importance of building a coalition and developing partnerships for the success of Community Risk Reduction (CRR), the Spokane Valley Fire Department's Apartment Safety Program, emergency preparedness, how the ...

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