- Fee discounts and CEU credits at OMOA sponsored seminars
- E-copies of membership meeting minutes including code question discussions and summaries
- A state-wide E-forum for discussing mechanical challenges and code implementation
The Oregon Mechanical Officials Association, previously known as the Willamette Valley Mechanical Inspectors Association was formed in 1975 by the City of Salem Mechanical inspector Frank Hledick.
The purpose was to provide a forum for mechanical code questions and answers and for inspectors and contractors to have a common ground to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern. Frank chaired the group until about 1980 when other persons were elected to officer positions. At the time of its formation, the chapter was recognized as the first Mechanical Officials chapter under the ICBO charter rule and was widely recognized as a pioneer in the effort to improve the knowledge and professionalism of mechanical inspectors. For many years, the group met monthly at the City of Salem City Hall, and then moved to the Department of Motor Vehicles on Lana Ave. in Salem.
For many years OMOA and OSBOA (Oregon State Building Officials Association) as it was known then, sponsored a joint Christmas party at the Flying M ranch near McMinnville that fostered a common dedication to cooperative public service among building and mechanical inspectors
In February of 2004, after requests by several southern Oregon building officials, the OMOA meetings were changed to the third Thursday of each month at noon to allow greater participation by interested parties’ state wide. The organization met down in Albany for some time and then relocated back to Salem and began meeting at Building Codes Division (BCD) conference rooms. After having to relocate several times due to conflicts with other scheduled events in these rooms, the group settled at Chemeketa Community College, and continued to meet the third Thursday of every month at 12:30pm. Currently, OMOA monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday at 12:30pm at the Marion County Public Works offices.
Today, OMOA remains one of only a few Mechanical Official chapters nationwide in ICC dedicated to public safety pertaining to HVAC, fuel gas and mechanical devices. Range hoods, woodstoves, gas piping as well as other mechanical equipment have the potential for catastrophic results arising from improper installations and accordingly are points of interest and discussion at OMOA chapter meetings. Any interested party is welcome to attend and participate in code discussions.
OMOA members have worked tirelessly through the years with both Building and Fire Officials to ensure public safety in the built environment. Another key function of OMOA is education. The organization since its earliest years has provided quality classes and instruction at their educational institutes to ensure a greater level of mechanical code knowledge, understanding and consistency.
In 1990 when Oregon adopted the CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Code, OMOA members put forth tremendous efforts at the national level to make modifications to the code to provide consistency between the Uniform Mechanical Code and the newly adopted CABO Code. Three years later, OMOA was again active on the national level and became a driving force in the drafting of the new International Mechanical Code. In 1998, it was OMOA members who were responsible for the adoption of the International Mechanical Code, the first of the International Code Council codes adopted in the State of Oregon. OMOA today, still continues its efforts at both the state and national level code development hearings to, submit, testify and debate code change proposals to ensure our constantly changing world is a safer place.
OMOA members are not only true Oregon pioneers, but are also Defenders of Public Safety throughout the nation and the world.
David Bassett, 2009