Ed Berkel has served as the District’s Fire Marshal since 1985, having begun his career in 1981 as a Fire Inspector. He heads up the Fire Prevention Bureau and performs plan review and inspection on the District’s most complex projects. His professional memberships include the International Code Council (ICC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Missouri Association of Building Officials and Inspectors (MABOI), Fire Marshals Association of Missouri (FMAM), and the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area Fire Marshal Association (MFMA).
From 2002 to 2007, Berkel served as an elected member of the Board of Directors for the ICC, the largest building safety and fire prevention organization in the world. Later the ICC named him an Honorary Member for his outstanding service, and in 2019 he received their President’s Award, given to Code Change Moderators. The Fire Marshals Association of Missouri gave him their “Edward M. Vineyard Award” in 2007 recognizing his contributions to the cause of fire prevention.