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Fire Inspector 1 Boot Camp

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024
  • 08:00
  • Friday, June 14, 2024
  • 17:00
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Fire Inspector 1 Boot Camp

June 11-14, 2024


This four day class will cover in-depth details of all aspects of a fire code inspection. Students will learn to identify common code violations found in the International Fire Code and International Building Code.

Day two and three will focus on more advanced fire code inspection topics. It is designed to assist in the identification of fire protection systems, as well as what maintenance is required on such systems.

Students will be able to identify when systems are required or when they have been altered and require repair. Day four will be all about navigating the codes and getting familiar with the layout of the IFC and IBC.

Participants will be going through question and answer segments to help with test preparation for the Fire Inspector 1 certification through the International Code Council.

About the Presenters:

Lance Dahl - Deputy Chief Dahl has 29 years with the Spokane Fire Department; he was hired in 1995 and last served at station 16 as a firefighter and swift water rescue instructor and was promoted to Deputy Fire Marshal in 2014. Lance was promoted to Assistant Fire Marshal in 2018, Fire Marshal & Division Chief in 2020.

Chief Dahl leads the Prevention Division, which includes code enforcement, plans review, inspection, fire investigation, community risk reduction, and acts as the City of Spokane Fire Code official. While his primary goal is the extremely important duty of public safety through mitigation efforts, the Division supports Operations and the needs of the citizens.

Chief Dahl completed his Master’s degree in Leadership with an Emphasis area in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire in 2017 from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor of Arts in Outdoor Recreation from Eastern Washington University, 1992.  He earned the “Fire Marshal” (FM) designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) in 2018 and Re-Designated in 2022.

Lance has been married to Nancy for 34 years and have three adult children, Ethan, Madelon & Logan; both sons followed in his footsteps and served in the Air National Guard, where he completed 27 years and retired with the rank of Senior Master Sargent (E-8).

Mike Messer - Assistant Chief Mike Messer is a senior chief officer and section head for Snohomish Regional Fire & Rescue where he serves as the chief of support services which includes Community Relations, Fleet, Logistics, Office of the Fire Marshal, and Strategic Analysis.  In this role, Mike is the Fire Marshal for the Cities of Lake Stevens, Monroe, and Sultan.  He is originally from Raleigh, NC and moved to Lake Stevens, WA in 2016 with his family to take a deputy chief’s position with Lake Stevens Fire.

Mike has been an active member of the fire service for over 24 years beginning his career as a volunteer firefighter for Falls Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. in Wake Forest, NC.  While part of the North Carolina fire service Mike worked for the Town of Morrisville Fire/Rescue Department as a Captain, City of Raleigh Fire Department as a Deputy Fire Marshal, and Johnston County Emergency Services as a paramedic.

Since 2007, Mike has been an active fire code enforcement officer achieving North Carolina Level III qualification and earn his Code Course Instructor and Code Course Sponsor designations from the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board.  He is also an ICC Fire Inspector I, Fire Inspector II, and Fire Plans Reviewer.

Mike currently holds an Associates of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and a Master of Public Administration in addition to completion of the Executive Fire Officer program hosted by the National Fire Academy.  Mike has also been designated a Chief Fire Officer and Fire Marshal by the Center for Public Safety Excellence Commission on Professional Credentialing and is a Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers.

Mike currently lives in Granite Falls, WA with his wife Gloria, daughter Holly (14), and son Henry (12).  He has a stepdaughter, Shannon (27), living in Raleigh, NC and working for Skanska Construction.  They are active with local sports, Scouters, and foodies!

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