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Using Codes and Standards to Build Resilient Communities

PrepTalks GraphicStuart Tom is a member of the Board of the International Code Council (ICC) and formerly the fire marshal of the City of Glendale, California. He has also served as a member of the Los Angeles Uniform Code Program Steering Committee, and as co-chair of the State Fire Marshal’s Wildfire Ignition ad-hoc committee.

Tom provides an overview of why we have building codes, how they work, how codes have a central role in increasing community resilience to disaster and safety in general, and how you can get involved.

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Stuart Tom is President of JAS Pacific. He retired as Fire Marshal for the City of Glendale, CA. Prior, he served for 16 years as the city’s Building Official and led the city’s Building & Safety Division.

Stuart is an active developer of fire and life safety codes and standards at both the state and national levels. As Co-Chair of the California State Fire Marshal’s Wildland Ignition Ad-Hoc Committee, he led a revision of the state’s wildland urban-interface construction standards that comprise Chapter 7A of the California Building Code.

Under his guidance, the City of Glendale adopted its “Back-To-Business” program, the first recovery program of its type in Southern California. Through public-private partnerships the program enables local businesses to take proactive steps to facilitate rapid recovery after a major earthquake.

Stuart’s accomplishments include leadership roles with the California Building Officials and the California Fire Chiefs. He is the only person to have received the Building Official of the Year award from both organizations. Stuart currently serves on the International Code Council board of directors.

Last Updated: 
09/24/2019 - 11:51