CALOES - Safety Assessmant Program (SAP) Training

  • 30 Apr 2016
  • 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Aloft University Hotel, 1900 East Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85745
  • 18


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The Safety Assessment Program (SAP) is offered through the California Office of Emergency Services (CALOES).  It is intended to help local governments perform accurate facility assessments as quickly as possible after a disaster such as an earthquake, flood or fire.  SAP Evaluators survey damaged facilities to determine if there are safety hazards to the building and occupants.  This allows people to use their homes and business as soon as possible while preventing entry into unsafe structures.  This full-day Evaluator Training class is intended for civil engineers, structural engineers, architects, plans examiners, building inspectors, and emergency responders.  Successful completion of the training allows the participant to serve as a volunteer on a SAP team, and to perform safety assessments of structures after a disaster.   Additional training will also be available to allow the participant to act as a coordinator on a SAP team.   All class material and handouts will be provided. 

A continental breakfast will be provided, and a "sandwich bar" lunch, with refreshments.  PDH’s for 6.5 hours or 8 hours are available depending on classes attended.

The class will be held in "The Tactic Room" at Aloft University Hotel, 1900 East Speedway, Tucson, AZ.  For room reservations, please contact the hotel at 520-908-6800 and ask about special rates for this event.

Please arrive at 7:30 for registration.
Evaluator/Assessor Training - 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Coordinator Training - 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM
  Price: Until April 11 - $110.00 
           April 12 to April 25 - $130.00   Registration Deadline is April 25th
           Price is for Evaluator/Assessor training.  Coordinator training is at no additional charge. 



 Fred has been Vice President and Forensic Director at Gervasio & Associates (Civil and Structural Engineers and Land Surveyors) since mid-1989.  For the 12 years prior to that he was an employee/vice president with Hastain and Deatherage, where he learned principles of forensic engineering from a master engineer, James H. Deatherage.  Prior to that time, he designed interstate highways with Dibble & Associates for 1-1/2 years and participated in the design and construction of nuclear power plants with Bechtel Power.  In his role as forensic engineer, he has walked through the debris of hundreds of collapsed and otherwise distressed buildings, and has designed repairs to many of them, notably buildings with large wood trusses; and he has testified over 150 times.  He is also a bridge engineer, including one full bridge and one partial bridge over the Salt River in Maricopa County. 

 He grew up in Tucson, ultimately being graduated from Tucson High in 1965, where he ran track and anchored the 1965 AZ State Champion Mile Relay Team, and was recently selected as a member of the THS Sports Hall of Fame.  He attended BYU where he also ran track, lettering as a Freshman on the No. 2 team in the country, and pursued engineering studies, interrupted by 2+ years in Mexico in 1966-68.  He obtained his bachelor's and master's degree in Civil Engineering and Structural Engineering, respectively, from BYU in 1972 and has done additional graduate studies at ASU. 


In 1994, Fred became a member of the Phoenix Fire USAR FEMA team (AZ TF-1) and was part of the initial Oklahoma City rescue in 1995.  He was also deployed with AZTF-1 to the 1996 Atlanta Olympics (on standby); the 2001 WTC collapse and the 2005 Hurricane Rita.  He is currently the lead structural specialist at Phoenix Fire, and serves on the FEMA’s national Incident Support Team (IST) as a structural alternate and on the national Structures Working Group.  Most recently he was deployed at the Oso Washington landslide that took 43 lives as FEMA’s national structural specialist on the IST.  Fred has been President of the ASCE Phoenix Branch and Arizona Section and is currently chairman of the Structural Engineers Emergency Response (SEER) Committee of SEAOA (Structural Engineer's Association of Arizona).  He serves on various ASTM committees, including ASTM E54 on Homeland Security (with emphasis on robot use in search and rescue efforts).  He is married to Lorraine Mosdell, with 8 (Brady Bunch) children (6 married) and 20 grandchildren.


 Should you have any questions or special dietary needs, please contact Russell Mott at to coordinate.

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