James Frater

James Frater, PE, CFM, CBO

regional director and senior fire protection engineer

With a nearly 30-year career that has included fire protection engineering, code consulting, and experience as an Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), senior fire protection engineer James Frater is the regional director responsible for managing TERPconsulting’s Arizona operations.

Before joining TERPconsulting, James served in various roles including Assistant Fire Chief, Fire Marshal, and Fire Protection Engineer. As a result, he has extensive fire prevention experience, including building/fire code consulting, fire protection systems, hazardous materials, high-piled combustible storage, and fire department apparatus access and water supply. In addition, James has developed and approved innovative and unique alternate fire protection and code solutions for a wide range of occupancies and industries.

Throughout his career, James has been involved in numerous notable projects that have included playing a substantial role in fire protection system retrofits within the UNESCO World Heritage Site at the University of Virginia (UVA), a 2.4 million ft2 four-story Amazon Fulfillment Center, and the Battle Building at UVA Children’s Hospital.

Before bringing his extensive knowledge to TERPconsulting, James worked as the Fire Marshal for the Riverside County Fire Department (CA) for 10 years serving unincorporated Riverside County and 18 partner cities/agencies. James has also held positions at the UVA’s Office of the University Building Official (VA), City of North Las Vegas Fire Department (NV), City of Mesa Building Safety (AZ), Grainger Consulting, Inc. (AZ), and Arizona Public Service Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (AZ).

James is a registered fire protection professional engineer (PE) in Arizona and is certified by the International Code Council (ICC) as a Fire Marshal, Building Official, Fire Code Official, Building Plans Examiner, Fire Plans Examiner, Fire Inspector I, Fire Inspector II, and Fire Code Specialist. He holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Arizona State University.

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