Richard A. Piccolo
Richard A. Piccolo
Richard A. Piccolo is the president and founder of B & F Technical Code Services, Inc., and the Building & Fire Code Academy. He brings knowledge and 30 years’ experience to the Elgin, Illinois based building and fire code-consulting firm. Before Mr. Piccolo decided to focus his attention on code consulting, he spent 18 years as a firefighter and lieutenant at the Elk Grove Fire Department. It was at the fire department that Mr. Piccolo was introduced to the plan review process and importance of code evaluation. With his experience, he has achieved a number of accomplishments.
Among his achievements, Mr. Piccolo has earned the top certification in his field, the rank of Master Code Professional. To be a Master Code Professional, he passed 19 demanding exams testing his knowledge of building, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection codes. Along with being a Master Code Professional, Mr. Piccolo is a Certified Building Official, Certified Fire Official, Certified Property Maintenance Inspector, Certified Building Inspector, Certified Plans Examiner, Illinois Certified Fire Inspector, Certified Firefighter and Certified Fire Instructor. Each certification requires separate exams testing comprehension of specific codes.
Mr. Piccolo is active in several industry organizations and has served in a number of distinguished leadership positions. He is currently the president of Illinois Institutional Fire Training, Inc., an establishment that provides inspections and fire protection training for health care facilities in northern Illinois. A past-president of the Illinois Council of Code Administrators, Mr. Piccolo continues to actively participate in the Council. ICCA promotes education, training and certification of code enforcement officials and endorses the development and adoption of a uniform Illinois state code.
His years of experience and training inspired Mr. Piccolo to share his knowledge with other professionals in the industry. As a Certified Instructor, he has authored 13 training seminars that he teaches nationwide. He also served for eight years as an adjunct faculty member at William Rainey Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, where he taught building code and fire science courses.