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James "Jay" Richardson founded FIRE SAFETY CADS for the purpose of providing code compliant design, inspection, and plan review services at reasonable and competitive prices.

Recognizing that what we do affects the lives of everyone who uses a building including the owners, occupants, and emergency responders, the company philosophy is simple:  To provide our clients with innovative, ethical, and cost-effective solutions that fully comply with the locally adopted codes and standards.

NFPA Technical Committee Appointments

Private Water Supply Piping Systems (AUT-PRI)

  • NFPA 24 Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and Their Appurtenances
  • NFPA 291 Recommended Practice for Fire Flow Testing and Marking of Hydrants
  • NFPA 13 Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, Chapter 6

Smoke Management Systems (SMO-AAA)

  • NFPA 92 Standard for Smoke Control Systems
  • NFPA 204 Standard for Smoke and Heat Venting 

Interior Finish and Contents (SAF-INT & BLD-INT)

  • NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, Chapter 10
  • NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code, Chapter 10

Hazard and Risk of Contents and Furnishings (HAR-AAA)

  • NFPA 555 Guide on Methods for Evaluating Potential for Room Flashover
  • NFPA 556 Guide on Methods for Evaluating Fire Hazard to Occupants of Passenger Road Vehicles
  • NFPA 557 Standard for Determination of Fire Loads for Use in Structural Fire Protection Design

Fundamentals of Fire Alarm and Signaling Systems (SIG-FUN)

  • NFPA 72 National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, Chapters 1, 7, 10 & Annex E

Dry and Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems (DRY-AAA)

  • NFPA 17 Standard for Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems
  • NFPA 17A Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems

Gaseous Fire Extinguishing Systems (GFE-AAA)

  • NFPA 12 Standard on Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems
  • NFPA 2001 Standard on Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems


Consulting And Design Services


Northern Illinois University

Master of Science - In progress

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Eastern Kentucky University

Bachelor of Science - Awarded 2015

Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology

College of DuPage

Associate of Applied Science - Awarded 2000

Fire Science Technology


National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) #152376

  • Water-Based Systems Layout Level II
  • Associate Engineering Technologist - Fire Protection Engineering Technology

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

  • Certified Fire Protection Specialist  #3861
  • Certified Hazard Recognition Specialist  #18-26
  • Certified Fire Plan Examiner  #15-0005
  • Certified Fire Inspector II  #15-1024

International Code Council (ICC)  #8357509

  • Master Code Professional
  • Certified Fire Marshal
  • Building Code Specialist
  • Fire Code Specialist
  • Commercial Combination Inspector
  • Building Inspector
  • Commercial Fire Alarm Plans Examiner II
  • Commercial Fire Alarm Inspector
  • Commercial Fire Sprinkler Plans Examiner
  • Commercial Fire Sprinkler Inspector
  • Residential Fire Sprinkler Inspector/Plans Examiner
  • Fire Plans Examiner
  • Fire Inspector II
  • Commercial Mechanical Plans Examiner
  • Commercial Mechanical Inspector
  • Building Plans Examiner
  • Commercial Building Inspector
  • Residential Building Inspector
  • Residential Energy Inspector / Plans Examiner
  • Accessibility Inspector / Plans Examiner
  • Commercial Plumbing Inspector
  • Commercial Electrical Inspector

National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI)  #13182-6752v

  • Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator
  • Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator

International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI)  #121906

  • Fire Investigation Technician

Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (IL-OSFM)

  • Fire Inspector I
  • Vehicle and Machinery Operations
  • Structural Collapse Rescue Technician
  • Hazardous Materials Technician Level A
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Firefighter III
  • Rope Rescue II
  • Fire Apparatus Engineer