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USAF Begins Offering ICC’s Commercial Building Inspector Certification A veteran of some 24 years as an engineer in the Air Force, Senior Master Sgt. Rigoberto Chacon had seen the need to make sure military structures—built by both staff and civilian contractors—were safe for all to use. He remembered when a Green Beret sergeant was electrocuted while showering in Iraq in 2008 because a major defense contractor did not properly ground and inspect electrical equipment. Further investigation found nine of 18 electrocution deaths reported in Iraq were caused by “improper grounding or faulty equipment.” Proper building safety training would be critical, Chacon reasoned, just as proper military training is crucial for the Air Force and other branches of service. Chacon did some research and was immediately drawn to the International Code Council’s training and education offerings, as well as its certifications that help ensure buildings are constructed with safety in mind. After working for more than a year with Sara Yerkes, ICC’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations, and Hamid Naderi, ICC’s Senior Vice President of Product Development, Chacon was able to convince the Department of Defense the Air Force should offer the ICC’s Commercial Building Inspector certification to more than 1,600 active Guard and Reserve By Nick Reiher APRIL 2015 | 42


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