Last week NFPA Regional Electrical Code Specialist Tim McClintock and I were in Southern California. We met with AHJs (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) who received an early holiday gift in the form of free 2016 editions of the CA Electrical Code (based on NFPA 70: National Electrical Code 2014 edition), and training on the significant changes between the 2011 and 2014 NEC editions. Playing to full houses in San Diego, Costa Mesa, Rancho Cucamonga, Los Angeles County and Ventura, Tim and I helped over 900 code enforcers understand how these changes impact their inspection activities in residential, commercial, institutional and industrial occupancies.
With the tireless logistical support provided by local members of the IAEI, we are happy to report the first week of this “CA Effective Enforcement Tour (EET)” went flawlessly.
In addition to covering the code changes, we briefed the attendees on NFPA’s strategic initiatives, and the work our organization is doing to reach out and connect with our stakeholders, and to enhance effective enforcement. Tim started out each day’s training by thanking the attendees who represented all sizes of inspection departments in southern California, from small communities to major jurisdictions like L.A. City and L.A. County. “It is through your efforts that the NFPA mission is carried out in the field,” he said, “and we couldn’t do it without you.”
Many of the enforcers have received this training on prior editions of the NEC (dating back to 2005), and attendees told us how much they appreciate our continued efforts in supporting the code enforcement community in the state.
Over the weekend, our T&J team moved to northern CA and this week we’re doing another week of training for the enforcers in that part of the state.