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The Oregon Fire Marshals Association is made up of fire code officials, industry leaders, and individuals that are dedicated to the protection of life and property against fire.  We are committed to providing opportunities for education and discussion on current fire and life safety issues.  We are a voice for the improvement and understanding of fire codes and standards.  You are invited to join us and contribute to the success of this association.


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Message from OFMA President

Dear OFMA Members,

On June 21-22, 2022, in Bend, your OFMA board conducted our annual strategic planning event. Similar to last year, OFMA will continue to focus on improving communications, training, state code development and engagement, legislative discussions, and opinions, and most importantly, ensure the OFMA board is providing you with resources, training, representation, and guidance throughout the year.

Our 2022 annual business meeting (ABM) was a great success. We had 55 attendees and 14 vendors/sponsors. A huge thank you to all who attended and to all our vendors who helped support this event. I would like to also thank the Office of the State Fire Marshal and DPSST for their financial support. OFMA was able to provide several scholarships this year.

Congratulations to the following individuals who received awards at the ABM:

  • President's Award: Asst. Chief Deputy Chad Hawkins of OSFM. Chad received this award for his knowledge and guidance assisting OFMA with code and legislative efforts.
  • Life Member Award: Fire Marshal Debbie McDermott of McMinnville Fire Department. Debbie received this award for her years of service and commitment to OFMA.

Based upon your feedback and positive comments, we will be having the 2023 ABM at the Agate Beach Best Western again. The event will be May 22-25, 2023.

The Fall Technical Conference will be held November 1-2, 2022, at DPSST this year. Your Training committee is working on instructors and a detailed agenda will be sent out within the next couple of months.

At the June ABM, the following individuals have either retained or are now elected as your 2022-2023 board members:

  • Shawn Olson-President
  • Tanner Fairrington-Past President
  • Craig Andresen-1st Vice-President
  • Anne-Marie Storms - 2nd Vice-President
  • Lora Ratcliff- 1 Year Director
  • Scott Goff- 1 Year Director
  • Ryan Kragero- 2 Year Director
  • Amber Cross- 2 Year Director
  • Jessica Carpenter- Administrator

This year's board members may look a little bit different. Big thank you to FM Zoutendijk for many years of service, expertise, mentorship, and commitment to OFMA. Gert will continue to be a supporter and a resource.

OFMA monthly board meetings will take place on the fourth Tuesday of every month, please check our website for specific dates in the event a change occurs in the schedule.

I look forward to seeing you all at one of our monthly board meetings and especially our fall technical conference. Thank you all for your continued support. OFMA would not have made it without you.

Sincerely,

Shawn Olson

President-Oregon Fire Marshals Association


Notice of Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal rulemaking:

Caption: Adopts the 2021 International Fire Code with Oregon amendments (Oregon Fire Code, 2022 edition)

Rule Summary:

OAR 837-040-0010 (2) adopts the 2021 International Fire Code with Oregon amendments to be known as the Oregon Fire Code, 2022 edition, with an effective date of October 1, 2022. In addition, 837-040-0010(3) changes new construction plan review phase-in dates.

OAR 837-040-0140 adopts the Oregon Structural Specialty Code and Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code to evaluate existing buildings.

Please note: The Oregon Fire Code and this rulemaking process is separate from the 2022 Defensible Space Code.

How to Comment: You may comment on the proposed rule changes by sending written comments by Monday, September 27, 2022, at 3:00 PM to:

OSFM Attn: Oregon Fire Code

3565 Trelstad Ave. SE

Salem, OR 97317

Or via email to: osfm.ofc@osp.oregon.gov

Rulemaking Hearing: You may also provide oral or written comments at the rulemaking hearing, which will occur:

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Time: 1:00 PM-3:00PM

Place: Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal — 3565 Trelstad Ave. Salem in the CP Pray Conference Room

Please note: The Office of State Fire Marshal is located in the Oregon State Police Headquarters. This is a secure facility requiring you to be escorted while you are in the building. Please park in the front parking lot and check in with the reception staff. If you require any special accommodations, please notify us to assist you.

Notice of proposed rulemaking: OAR 837-040-0010

Notice of proposed rulemaking: OAR 837-040-0140


"Oregon Fire Marshals Association" is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization

1050 Sunnyview Rd NE #8109 Salem, OR 97303

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