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David E Saunders

David E Saunders

Yakima, WA 98902

  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Ignition-resistant home construction
  • Monitoring/Assessment
  • WUI codes and ordinances

I currently serve as the Building Official for Yakima County, Washington. The Fire Marshal and I worked to adopt the Urban/Wildland Interface Code in 2001, becoming the first jurisdiction in Washington to do so. The Fire Marshal has been working to develop fire adapted communities in our county and is having some success. I am reaching retirement and would like to continue to be involved in community safety work after I retire.

I am licensed as a professional engineer and as an architect. I have been the building official for Yakima County since 1987. I have served on the ICBO lateral design code change committee and on the ICBO board of directors and took part in the merger of ICBO, BOCA, and SBCCI to form the International Code Council. I was active in code change activities with ICBO and with ICC. I served as a member of the Washington State Building Code Council. I served in a number of offices in the Washington Association of Building Officials including President and Chairman of the Governmental Relations Committee.

Yakima County is located in central Washington state. Yakima County is rural in nature and geographically diverse. The county extends from the crest of the Cascade mountains to the Columbia river. The county also contains jurisdictional diversity in that there are 14 cities and towns, a number of fire protection districts with varying degrees of capabilities, the Yakama Nation reservation, state and federal forests, state and national parks, and a Department of Defense military reservation. Yakima County has forests and sage/shrub wild fire fuels. There are developments in un-incorporated areas of Yakima County that are in the wild/land urban interface and that are at risk of wild fire. In my work as the building official of Yakima County, I have been working, with the Fire Marshal, to develop programs which will aid our citizens have an increasingly greater level of safety, and lower risk, with respect to natural and man made hazards, including wild fire. I will continue to do so in my current capacity and I wish to be involved in doing so in some capacity after retirement .