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James Straws, CBI, CFI, CPE, COSS

Building Commissioner
James Straws
  • Physical Address
    202 S Wabash St
    Wabash, IN 46992
Primary Department: Building Department

Professional Profile

Over my 44 years as a public servant I have served with 5 Fire Departments, 2 EMS Providers, and the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office. I have attended over 4,000 classroom hours and I have taught over 1,000 classroom hours over my career. Training and education have always been my top priority.


Honorable discharged from United States Navy in 1976.

Firefighter of the Year-Town of North Manchester 1986.

Deputy State Fire Marshal 1988 to 2019

Fire Inspector of the Year- Fire Inspectors Assoc. of Indiana 2005.

Twenty-two years of service as a Firefighter.

Fifteen years of service an Emergency Medical Technician.

Graduate of the National Fire Academy As, a Fire Prevention Specialist I, II,

Code Management and Management of Fire Prevention Programs.

Graduate of the ICS Correspondence School with a certificate in

General Law Enforcement, Private Security Officer, and Residential/Home Inspections.

IFCI Certified Uniform Fire Code Inspector.

ICC Certified Fire Inspector II.

ICC Certified Commercial Building Inspector.

ICC Certified Plans Examiner.

Indiana Association of Building Official’s - Nick Nicholson Award 2016-2017

Indiana Association of Building Official's - Earl E. Bowman Memorial Award for Meritorious Service 2021

President-Fire Inspectors Association of Indiana 2007-2009.

Chapter President- International Code Council 2007-2009.

President-Indiana Association of Building Official’s 2017-2019, 2022

Chapter President- International Code Council 2017-2019, 2022

President-ICC Midwest Region V 2020-2021

Chapter President- International Code Council 2020-2021

Code Official Safety Specialist (COSS) 2022