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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.

Message from OFMA President

Dear OFMA Members,

It has been a crazy and busy time the last 3 months. Your board members have been hard at work with a variety of tasks and assignments. Tasks ranging from weekly Rulemaking Advisory Council (RAC) meetings, Oregon Fire Code committees and meetings, Fall Technical Conference planning, and provide guidance relating to the Oregon Fire Service Coronavirus Task Force.

We continue to strive and maintain communication with our key stakeholders, the Office of the State Fire Marshal, and the Oregon Fire Chief’s Association as we navigate through technical questions relating to Senate Bill 762 and the Oregon Fire Code.

A couple of months ago, RAC committees were formed utilizing special interest groups to ensure a collective and informative process was established in defining what the Wildland Urban Interface definition will be in Oregon as well as the ODF WUI boundary map. After many hours of meetings, the Oregon Department of Forestry has chosen to go with the International Wildland Urban Interface Code definition. Over the next few months, key indicator words such as “structures” and “vegetation” will be defined collectively. These words will drive the outcomes of the ODF Wildland Urban Interface boundary mapping across the state of Oregon.

This year's Fall Technical Conference will be held virtually on November 1-2, 2021. Please attend. The website will be updated with registration instructions this week. ICC CEU’s will be provided.

A huge thank you to all our board members for taking on these tasks. These assignments have been in addition to their daily workloads. I assure you as members of OFMA, your board of directors is fully engaged and representing all fire marshals across the state. Thank you all for your continued support!

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me directly.


Shawn Olson

President-Oregon Fire Marshal’s Association

    • 2021-11-01
    • 09:00
    • 2021-11-02
    • 17:00
    • Online

    Join us (virtually) for the Oregon Fire Marshals Association's Fall TEC  Nov. 1-2, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

    Training will include 12 hours/1.2 CEU over the two days. Each day will include a one hour break for lunch, as well as breaks during instruction. 

    The training will be offered via Zoom. An invitation with link will be sent to attendees the week prior to the event. 

    November 1, 2021 - Fire Alarm Plan Review

    Course description: This course will provide code officials responsible for reviewing and approving fire alarm drawings and design professionals responsible for designing fire alarm systems with the necessary information to ensure the system meets the minimum requirements outlined in the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code. Persons responsible for designing and installing fire alarm systems will also benefit by having a better understanding of what is required per NFPA 72. Topics to be covered include: the new format and why it changed; battery calculations and voltage drop calculations; fire alarm fundamentals; proper installation criteria for initiating devices and notification appliances; elevator control function and interface; and compliant vs. non-compliant methods for transmitting the fire alarm signal from the protected premises to the supervising station.

    Instructor: John Swanson has over 20 years of fire service experience in the public and private sector serving as a Firefighter, Fire Marshal and Deputy State Fire Marshal with the Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division. He is certified as a Fire Inspector III, Plans Examiner, Firefighter II and NICET certified in fire alarm systems. He is currently a member of the NFPA 72 – National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code Technical Committee and is a previous member of the International Building Code (IBC) Fire Safety Committee and International Fire Code (IFC) Interpretation Committee. He serves as a contract instructor and subject matter expert for the International Code Council (ICC) and is often called upon by ICC to create and review IFC related content and materials. He served as the author and creator of ICC’s Fire Plans Examiner certification test to the 2018 edition of the International Fire Code. In 2013, Minnesota Governor, Mark Dayton appointed John to the Minnesota Board of Architecture and Engineering.

    November 2, 2021

    The schedule for day two includes: 

    • OFMA President Update 
    • First Look at Significant Changes to the 2021 IFC 
    • NFPA Updates
    • Lunch break 12 pm - 1 pm 
    • NPFA: Community Risk Assessment and Reduction Plans. NFPA 1730 requires community risk assessments as the basis for fire prevention programs. Learn what is required and the solutions available through NFPA 1300 and the new CRAIG 1300 data dashboard. 
    • OSFM Agency Update 
    • Authorities & Responsibilities Presentation, Craig Andresen, DSFM
    • NFPA: LINK Presentation, for delivering information and knowledge to you.
    • OSFM Update

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