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Code Breakers: NFPA VS. IBC/IFC

Breakthrough the various code interpretations in this 45-minute webinar, as our code experts compare NFPA, barrier management, and building codes.



Presenter: Michael Crall
State of Michigan Act 54, Act 407 Approved Instructor #1970
Director – Barrier Management & Pre-construction
Compliance One Group

Michael Crall recently joined Compliance One Group as a Market Segment Leader, Barrier Management, for the code compliance firm located in Kalamazoo, MI. Responsible for the development and implementation of an array of barrier management compliance programs, Michael’s 30 years’ experience brings a multi-level dimension to his work. While partnering with either new construction clients or established maintenance and facility directors, Michael assesses and designs proactive barrier compliance alignment measures to stand up to the highly regulated safety code and building ordinance authorities.

As a State of Michigan Act 54, Act 407 Approved Instructor of 12 years, Michael contributes to Compliance One Group’s all-inclusive efforts to serving the needs of the physical environment, as it relates to the design, testing, and maintenance of healthcare, university and multiple use construction facilities.    

Relative to the bonding and specification process, Michael assists management throughout the facility completion and into the long-termed maintenance requirements of Life Safety and Environmental Care. He also excels in directing clients map compliancy standards while creating sustainable solutions with a focus on future facility inspections and a return on investment.

As he weaves best practices into Compliance One Group’s technical content database, Michael’s areas of expertise include: wall/floor barrier applications; joint/edge of slab applications; and door/damper assemblies and applications, while he further increases design firm code specifications within Divisions 7, 8, 9 and 27. Michael is also proficient at presenting, training and facilitating technical presentations to various Code Official/Fire Marshal Officials for continuing education during Compliance One Group industry seminars and CSM Group webinars/seminars.

By proactively working with a client’s design firm, Michael can discern whether the existing Life Safety drawings adhere to the stringent compliance codes of the International/Michigan Building Code and the NFPA, while likewise meeting the exacting requirements of a Joint Committee Inspection. This detailed review approach may determine if existing targets, systems or applications are exposed to vulnerabilities and deficiencies. If deficiencies are detected, Michael advises clients on steps to remain in compliance. These suggestions may include: considering other ways of mitigating risk; training staff; tracking assets; introducing hazard-reduction efforts; managing documentation and more.

Poised to impact Compliance One Group, a division of CSM Group, Michael will lead, direct and guide clients while assisting all to work with authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ’s) for code compliant construction and maintenance. With his unique mix of global experience in management, staffing, product management, product design/testing, fire protection, electrical technology and construction experience, clients can rest assured of the immediate impact on the safety, care and value he and the Compliance One Group team bring to their employees, patients, students and environments.

Preparedness and safety are close to Michael’s heart and are demonstrated in his resolve and passion for the industry. As an active father of 18-year-old triplet boys, Michael has supported and acted as Assistant Scout Master/Troop 228 to further the boy’s journeys to achieve the coveted rank of Boy Scout American Eagle Scout Award.

With dedication and confidence, Michael looks forward to helping and protecting Compliance One Group clients as together they “design with compliance in mind.”



Presenter: Joshua Breese
Project Specialist
Emergency Preparedness/Safety, Security & Training
Compliance One Group

As a public safety officer for the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety since 2001, Joshua Breese comes to Compliance One Group with extensive experience in police response, patrol and criminal investigations, fire suppression, fire inspections and fire prevention education. As a project specialist in the Emergency Preparedness and Safety, Security & Training markets segments of the code compliance firm located in Kalamazoo, MI, Josh has experience in: 911 dispatch; crime scene prevention; CPR/BLS instruction; active shooter response; clandestine lab response; mitigation/fire investigation; and is trained in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.

Giving to his communities of Big Rapids and Kalamazoo, MI while in different capacities for the past 20 years, Josh has been the recipient of several awards and commendations as he served without reservation. His awards for the Department of Public Safety City of Kalamazoo include: Award of Merit during a critical incident; Professional Excellence Award for attaining the NFPA Certification of Fire Inspector I, Fire Inspector II, and Fire Plan Examiner; and two Life Saving Awards for the preservation of life. Josh also received a Department of Safety City of Big Rapids Merit Citation for serving its citizens, business owners and fellow officers.

With a bachelor of science in criminal justice (major) and forensic science (minor), Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI, Josh has worked closely with community groups to establish crime reduction initiatives and community policing policies. As a medical first responder, Josh is often first on the scene and excels in preserving life with his composed response and quick actions.

As a team contributor to Compliance One Group’s inclusive efforts, Josh focuses on the needs of the physical environment as it relates to the safety and security of employees, patients, students and systems in the healthcare, school, university and multiple use construction facilities. With his extensive background in the fields of criminal justice, fire compliance and life safety, Josh can effectively apply his training to real experiences to benefit the Compliance One Group national clientele.

Josh is an NFPA Fire Inspector I, Fire Inspector II, Plan Examiner and Certified Fire Protection Specialist. He is also a certified IFDIA Fire Door Inspector and assists healthcare facilities with their NFPA 80 fire door inspection compliance requirements.

With selfless humility, Josh brings prevention, risk management and other vital skills to Compliance One Group, a division of CSM Group, and looks forward to serving Compliance One Group clients as together they “design with compliance in mind.”

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