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Building Development Division

Building Safety Month

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    May is National Building Safety Month
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    First Preventer Spotlight Week 3: Sarwar Siddiqui

    Sarwar Siddiqui, a Principal Engineer Prince William County Structural Plan Review group. Before joining PWC, I was a consultant in the private sector for more than six years. I have a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Science and Technology, a M.S. in Structural Engineering from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Texas in Austin I am involved in several professional organizations, including ACI, ASCE, and ICRI. The complexity of the structures and construction challenges me and inspires me to do the job. In my leisure, I spend time with my family and like gardening and photography The best part about working for PWC is This position gives me the first-hand opportunity to ensure that the structures are safe and sound for the PWC residents. My goal is to ensure safe and sound structures for the residents of Prince William County. My strength is in structural repair and restoration, extension and expansion of existing structures, failure investigation, and forensic engineering. Anytime I solve problems for the customers, and the customers are happy is a proud moment for me.

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    First Preventer Spotlight Week 2: Leroy Cade

    Leroy B. Cade, New Construction Inspection Supervisor Department of Fire and Rescue Bio: I work in the Fire Marshal’s Office and supervise the New Construction Inspection Team. We work directly with the Contractors and Owners to ensure their installation to their Fire Life Safety Equipment is tested and performs correctly to safeguard their structure. This includes their sprinkler and fire alarm system, fire lanes, and commercial hood installation. This not only keeps the customers safe but also our firefighters who may have to respond to an incident at their address. The best part of working for PWC DFR is helping customers obtain their occupancy permit and having a great team of men and women in the Fire Marshal Office assisting in that effort. What do you do in your free time? Spending time with family and friends. What has been one of your proudest moments working for DFR- Helping EpiQ Food Hall obtain their occupancy permit.

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    First Preventer Spotlight Week 1: Steve Goldsborough

    Steve Goldsborough, Construction Inspection Supervisor - Plumbing Inspections Branch Department of Development Services Bio: I grew up and still reside in Prince William County. I joined the Prince William County Building Department in 2003 as a single trade plumbing inspector. Prior to Prince William, I worked in the private sector as a plumbing foreman for 15 years. I am certified in inspections for all residential trades and commercial plumbing inspections. What is your job, and how long have you been with Prince William County? Plumbing Inspections Chief for five years, with the inspections branch for 18 years. What is the best part about working for Prince William County? Helping the Community Live and work in a safer place. What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Spending time with my two kids. What has one of your proudest moments been while working at Prince William County? Anytime I see a business open that I have assisted through the process during construction. It is great to see it all work out for the business owner, and see them move forward with a successful business.

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    Week 4: Disaster Preparedness

    Hurricane season is almost here (June 1- November 30th), and the Prince William County Department of Development Services wants to share some tips to prepare. • Develop a home action plan and share it with everyone in your family, so you will know where to go if an evacuation is called. Identify at least two exit routes from your home or neighborhood to a designated meeting place for your family. Plan for your pets as many shelters will not accept them. • Create a disaster supply kit that will allow you to remain in your home after a disaster or for use after evacuating to a safer location. Be sure the necessities in your kit are fresh and restored as necessary. • Stay tuned to radio, TV, and NOAA Weather Radio for official updates and critical life-saving weather information. Remember, reception is usually best if placed near a window. • Flooded roads could have significant dangers hidden by floodwaters. Never drive through floodwaters or on flooded roads. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. It takes only six inches of fast-flowing water to sweep you off your feet and two feet of water to move an SUV-sized vehicle. • Secure lawn furniture and any other loose outdoor items that can become windborne and can cause injury or damage during storms with high winds. Don't forget trash cans, grills, toys, and potted plants. • Use Surge Protective Devices (SPD) in your home to protect electronic appliances from all but the most severe electrical surges or direct strikes. • Remove fine (dead grass, leaves, etc.) and coarse fuels (dead twigs, branches, etc.) within 30 feet of a building to create a survivable space in case of wildfire. Be sure to remove dry leaf and pine litter from roofs, rain gutters, decks, and walkways. You can find more information on disaster preparedness at https://www.fema.gov/

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    Week 3: Water Safety

    Clean water is the world’s most precious commodity. Even though 70 percent of our planet is covered with water, less than one percent is drinkable. According to World Health Organization estimates as of June 2019, 785 million people lacked even basic drinking water service. Protection of the water supply used for drinking, cooking, washing, and bathing is one of the most critical health and safety protection requirements of the plumbing code.

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    Week 2: Training the Next Generation

    Training the Next Generation of First Preventers Well-trained, motivated building safety professionals are vital to creating and maintaining a successful build environment. Training is crucial because it helps code officials avoid mistakes and accidents and properly enforce the code. The building safety field encompasses a wide gamut of specialties and offers many excellent career opportunities that contribute to the safety of the build environment.

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    Week 1: Innovation

    This first week we discuss innovation. How is Prince William County using innovation as it conducts business? 2020 certainly brought new challenges, and as such, innovation was a necessary part of adapting. Development Services utilized interactive inspections and video walkthroughs to help keep building inspections moving forward. Covid left us all unsure & vulnerable & with vulnerability comes creativity, innovation & change.”