David Smith

David is currently a Deputy Fire Marshal for the City of Lake Oswego Fire Department. He began his career in the fire service as a call paid firefighter in 1991 in Massachusetts before obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. David took a short hiatus from the fire service working as a research engineer for 3M Company and as the project coordinator for an independent accredited fire testing laboratory before returning to the public sector 18 years ago.

Deputy Fire Marshal David Smith, City of Lake Oswego Fire Department

Fire Inspections: Going Beyond the Business Footprint
This course will review the inspection, testing and maintenance (IT&M) requirements for fire protection systems found in Chapter 9 of the Oregon Fire Code and why enforcement can extend occupancy fire inspections beyond the physical site. Attendees will examine the responsibilities for completing IT&M for various types of systems for property or business owners along with reporting requirements for those who perform the IT&M service. Additionally, the presentation will cover some anomalies that can be found while examining IT&M reports, methods for gaining compliance and the use of software for streamlining the process.    (.25 CEUs)

Gerald L. Warren

Gerald (Gerry) practices public body defense work from Salem as the Law Office of Gerald L. Warren and Associates. He worked for 17 ½ years for City County Insurance Services (CIS). He graduated from Willamette University (1978) and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette College of Law (1981). After law school, Gerry spent several years in the Army’s Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps including assignment to the Army’s Litigation Division at The Pentagon. He graduated in 2003 from the U.S. Army War College with a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies and retired in 2005 at the rank of Colonel.

Attorneys Gerry Warren and Aaron Hisel, Law Office of Gerald L. Warren & Associates

I Can Be Sued for That?
This two hour session will cover the nuts and bolts of the Oregon Tort Claims Act and potential fire inspector liability.  Some questions to be answered are:  What are some risk management considerations for inspectors on every inspection?  How can an inspector limit liability exposure even if it will not necessarily prevent a lawsuit from being filed?  What role will the various fire codes play in any lawsuit?  What will happen if an inspector is sued individually?  This presentation will cover negligence, foreseeability and some specific areas of concern, as well as immunity in the context of fire inspection responsibilities.  Through the examination of two fire cases pursued by Gerald Warren on behalf of public bodies who sustained significant property damage from negligent fire inspections – Rogue Valley Community College v. Acme Fire Fighting Devices and Columbia County v. Patriot Fire Protection, Inc, et al — the lessons learned will be examined and analyzed so as to heighten awareness of each attendee to the liability risks they should know about. The knowledge gained will enable each inspector to be better risk managers for his or her agency. (.20 CEUs)

Aaron P. Hisel

Aaron works as an associate attorney for the Law Office of Gerald L. Warren and Associates where he primarily defends public bodies in civil litigation. In addition to his law degree (Willamette College of Law ’16), Aaron earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Development (Washington State ‘04) and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (Tiffin University ’11). Before pursuing his legal career, Aaron worked in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and as a police officer for the City of Renton, Wash.

Attorneys Gerry Warren and Aaron Hisel, Law Office of Gerald L. Warren & Associates

I Can Be Sued for That?
This two hour session will cover the nuts and bolts of the Oregon Tort Claims Act and potential fire inspector liability.  Some questions to be answered are:  What are some risk management considerations for inspectors on every inspection?  How can an inspector limit liability exposure even if it will not necessarily prevent a lawsuit from being filed?  What role will the various fire codes play in any lawsuit?  What will happen if an inspector is sued individually?  This presentation will cover negligence, foreseeability and some specific areas of concern, as well as immunity in the context of fire inspection responsibilities.  Through the examination of two fire cases pursued by Gerald Warren on behalf of public bodies who sustained significant property damage from negligent fire inspections – Rogue Valley Community College v. Acme Fire Fighting Devices and Columbia County v. Patriot Fire Protection, Inc, et al — the lessons learned will be examined and analyzed so as to heighten awareness of each attendee to the liability risks they should know about. The knowledge gained will enable each inspector to be better risk managers for his or her agency. (.20 CEUs)

Raymond B. Bizal, P.E.

As Director of Regional Operations at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Ray oversees the U.S. Regional Directors who provide outreach to NFPA stakeholders regarding the many activities undertaken by the association. This includes supporting the adoption and enforcement of NFPA codes and standards, and advocating for fire safety at the local and state legislative levels. He currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Southern California Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), is an officer of the California Fire Prevention Institute (CFPI), and serves as a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department’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.

Ray 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 Fire Protection Engineer in California.

Regional Operations Director Raymond Bizal, NFPA

NFPA 3000: Standard for an Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program
Nationwide and around the globe, communities are facing an increasing number of tragedies involving active shooter and / or hostile events. The need for an integrated preparedness, response, and recovery program is greater than ever before.  Protect your community with NFPA 3000™ (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter / Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program. This standard addresses all aspects of the process, from identifying hazards and assessing vulnerability to planning, resource management, incident management at a command level, competencies for first responders, and recovery.   (.15 CEUs)

 

NFPA 241: Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations
NFPA 241 provides measures for preventing or minimizing fire damage to structures, including those in underground locations, during construction, alteration, or demolition.   (.10 CEUs)

Eric McWhirter, Victaulic Company

Flexible Sprinkler Fitting Systems
Upon completion of this course, each participant will understand the history of flexible drops and how modern innovation is revolutionizing this fitting category with new technology. At the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the various designs of flexible hoses and brackets, and comprehend the important differences in how they perform
  • Recognize and inspect properly installed flexible sprinkler fitting systems
  • Comprehend the hydraulic performance of flexible drop systems
  • Locate technical support information for flexible sprinkler fitting systems
  • Comprehend why flexible drops are an important component in fire safety

.40 CEUs