In Northwest Arkansas, please welcome Regional Coordinator, Mr. Doug Hurley. Doug is from Fayetteville and is President of pb2 architecture + engineering in Rogers. Doug is a member of the American Institute of Architects and brings with him a great deal of experience and knowledge. Doug will be accompanied by Mr. Jim Gallagher, also of pb2 architecture + engineering in Rogers to serve the Northwest portion of the state. Those who are identified as primary Regional Coordinators for INSPARK will serve on a decision making council which will have influence over how INSPARK continues in the future. These individuals will help to create a pre-identified job for each INSPARK member based on their education, training, knowledge and experience.
INSPARK (INSPect ARKansas) is a volunteer building inspection group compromised mainly of engineers and architects. These building inspectors congregate after disaster to inspect structures for safety related issues, especially in the event of an earthquake, flood or wind-damage scenario. These volunteers re-certify every three years to maintain a superior level of competency on the newest ATC 20 techniques and practices. This program is managed by volunteer Regional Coordinators and a Statewide Coordinator who serve as primary points of contact for the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management during disaster. Volunteers who are deployed by the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management are protected within the limitations of the Arkansas Revised Code. Those interested in volunteering as part of the INSPARK Program should take an ATC 20 Course or contact the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management Earthquake Program Manager regarding volunteer opportunities and requirements.