Fire and Life Safety Accomplishments

Over the course of his 40-year career, hands-on Fire and Life Safety experience and Expert Witness testimony, James McMullen has built a solid reputation for delivering accurate, impartial results with proven experience you can trust.

Executive Director, National Code Services Association (2001 – Present)

Code Coordinator, Western Fire Chiefs Association (2001 – Present)

Commissioner/Vice Chair (2002 – Present)

Training Officer, West Plainfield Fire Protection District, Davis, CA (1999 – 2002) 

Chief California State Fire Marshal, Sacramento, CA (1985-1992)

Recipient, Robert W. Gain Award, Western Fire Chiefs Association (2007)

Lifetime California Community College Teaching Credential in Fire Science

State of California Private Investigator and Qualified Manager / Owner

Court Qualified Fire Expert Witness

National Safety Council: Member of Window Safety Task Force; Former Member, Fire Task Group

International Code Council: Member (2003 – Present)

Forensic Expert Witness Association: Member and Former President, Sacramento / Sierra Chapter (2002 – Present)

National Code Services Association: Active Life Charter Voting Member; Executive Director; Member; Code Interpretation/Development and Training; Annual Conference and Protocols Committees (2002 – Present)

National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM): Founding President and Member Emeritus (1989 – Present)

Western Fire Chiefs Association: Life Member; Code Coordinator; Representative to California State Building Standards Commission

California Fire Chiefs Association: Life Member; Former Member of Board of Directors (1972 – Present)

National Fire Protection Association: Member; International Fire Marshals Association, Education, Building Fire Safety Systems, Wildland Fire Management and Fire Service Sections; Strategic Planning Committee for Public Education & Public Education Advisory Committee (1972 – Present)

International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO): Member (1985 – 2003), East Bay and Sacramento Valley Chapters: Member (1999 – 2003)

Extensive experience in public assembly fires and regulations including serving as a Forensic Fire Expert on the station night club fire in West Warwick Rhode Island in 2003.

Underwriters Laboratories, Inc: Corporate and Fire Council Member (1985 – 1992)

International Association of Fire Chiefs: Life Member; Former Vice Chair of the Operation Life Safety Board of Trustees (1979 – Present)

California State Firefighters’ Association: Life Member (1962 – Present)

International Association of Fire Chiefs: Member of the 2004 Emerging Codes Issues Round Table (2004)

Fireworks expert, having run California’s fireworks approval program as the State Fire Marshal. Also served as the head of the expert team on the ABC day nursery fire investigation.