The US Virgin Islands Building Department is calling on available Code Officials across the nation to partner with them to build stronger, safer communities in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The St. Thomas and St. Croix Building Departments are seeking ICC Certified plan reviewers, inspectors, and permit technicians to serve during MAY 2018, who can help with compliance with the 2018 International Codes, USVI Codes and Stronger Home Guide, and ASCE 24 Flood Standards.

This mutual aid request will be facilitated through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), which provides reimbursement to state or local jurisdiction employees for their assistance. Deployment for this mission can range from 2 to 4weeks and the reimbursement process will begin after the deployment period ends. All incurred expenses must be recorded and submitted to the personnel’s state EMAC Coordinator upon return to the mainland.

Requirements:

  • Individuals interested in this mission should first receive permission from their direct supervisor to participate and then contact your state EMAC Coordinator, to respond to the request (#1306-RR-7432).
  • Must be employed by a municipal or county government agency. Private sector entities are not yet reimbursable through EMAC in most States.
  • Personnel MUST be able to interpret and enforce the 2015/2018 International Codes.
    • It is recommended to bring a paper or electronic ICC code references (for each trade) in case code books are unavailable or delayed from DPNR.
    • The USVI code is available online and the stronger Home is available electronically to download prior to deployment for your reference. DPNR staff will orient you on local ordinances and processes.
  • All personnel must have a copy of certificate in their specialty proof of credentials to perform request duties and must be physically able to perform the required duties for each position.
    • Plan Examiners must have a current International Code Council Certification (ICC) in Building, Plumbing, Mechanical or Electrical trades. Multi- licensed preferred.
    • Inspectors must have a current International Code Council Certification (ICC) in Building, Plumbing, Mechanical or Electrical trades. Multi- licensed preferred.
    • Permit Technicians/Coordinators must have a current International Code Council Certification (ICC).
  • Each individual will be responsible to coordinate their own air travel, rental car, accommodations and food.  DPNR USVI will have fleet vehicles for use or instructions for renting vehicles for use during the deployment.  All personnel including plans examiners and permit technicians will need a vehicle to get from hotel accommodations to each permitting facility.
  • Each jurisdiction will be responsible to keep the required documentation to submit for reimbursement directly to the USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR).
  • Each individual must bring their own work equipment.
    • Cell phone in the event 2-way radio equipment is not available.
    • Personal protection equipment including rain and safety gear, hard hat, boots, flash light, sunscreen, etc.
    • Equipment used in regular performance of their job (e.g. tape measures, laser measuring devices, digital cameras, tablets and laptops)
  • Immunizations or vaccinations advised. Light Hazards (mold) may exist.
  • Personnel will report to 1 of 3 temporary buildings or other alternate facilities fully equipped to serve as satellite permit offices for staff. Includes standard desks, furnishings, and desktop computers with networking.
  • A passport is not required for travel but encouraged.

Contact shandy.heil@stantec.com for more information on this mission, EMAC questions, or help reaching the state EMAC Coordinator. For more information on the EMAC program log on to https://www.emacweb.org/.

 
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