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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.

    • 2023-05-22
    • 13:00
    • 2023-05-25
    • 12:00
    • Best Western Agate Beach: 3019 N Coast Hwy, Newport

    Join us for the OFMA Annual Business Meeting and Conference, at the Best Western Agate Beach on May 22-25, 2023. 

    Monday May 22: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm (lunch on your own) 

    Vacant Buildings presented by Travis Worthington DCFM, Merrill Harrison AFM, and Keith Haggas DFM, of Eugene/Springfield Fire

    Tuesday May 23: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (lunch provided)

    Track 1 Performing Commercial Inspections 2018 IFC presented by Scott Adams of ICC 

    Track 2 Oregon Fire Marshal Class (OSFM): Level 4 of the recently updated competency recognition requirements. This course will cover issues that come with a higher level of service provided by your agency. For those who already have this level of recognition this will refresh the issues experienced at a higher level of service.

    • Conducts and oversees inspections of highly complex facilities and operations
    • Evaluates alternate methods of protection and compliance
    • Evaluates emergency planning and procedures
    • Has a robust knowledge of installing and testing fire protection systems
    • Has experience in managing and developing a budget, division policy, recommending code.
    • Updates, coordinating fire prevention programs and services, establishing staff development and mentoring programs, designing records management systems, and understanding legal authority, processes, and limits of code enforcement.

    For those advancing through the recognition process this may be the last training you will need to complete and submit your application.

    Wednesday May 24: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (lunch provided) 

    Track 1 Oregon Fire Code Update (OSFM): This course is required for all who enforce the Oregon Fire Code. This update class presents the currently adopted fire code and updates or amendments for the State of Oregon. This may be taken as an in-person training or by taking the on-line training course.

    As explained in Oregon Administrative Rule 837-039-0016, this class is a high-level training of the changes from the current version of the International Fire Code and Oregon amendments. This class is required within the first year of every code cycle change to maintain competency recognition for specialist I and II and fire marshal.

    Track 2 NFPA Track presented by Ray Bizal, NFPA: 

    • Fire Prevention Bureau Deployment. This class will present the minimum criteria addressing the effectiveness and efficiency of the functions of fire prevention inspection and code enforcement, plan review, investigation, and public education operations by fire departments and based on an approved community risk reduction (CRR) plan as outlined in NFPA 1730 and NFPA 1300. 
    • Lithium-Ion Batteries.  Lithium-Ion batteries are everywhere.  While batteries provide a positive impact to our society, they also bring along unique fire and life safety hazards that we haven’t fully figured out how to prevent. This presentation will introduce you these batteries and energy storage systems, and discuss the related codes and standards.  We will also look at these batteries in conjunction with Electric Vehicles and Micro Mobility Devices.

    5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Vendor Fair (appetizers provided) 

    Thursday May 25: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (lunch on your own) 

    Workday Oregon Training Overview: This course will provide basic information about the learning platform currently used by the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office for offering on-line training.

    Fire service members and other outside agencies have access to the Workday Oregon Learning Management System (WDL). The OSFM’s online learning management system can be used to enroll in OSFM’s classroom and online courses.

    Fire Department Access and Water Supply: Access and water supply is a class that was high on the interest list for OFMA members. This course is being offered in-person at the conference. It is also available on-line through Workday Oregon. This class will familiarize participants with an overview of the requirements from both the Oregon Fire Code and NFPA 1142.

    The access and water supply training (formerly fire and life safety awareness II) is provided online or by OSFM deputy state fire marshals and provides a foundational understanding of the general provisions of fire department access, water supplies, and fire flows as established in the Oregon Fire Code (OFC) and NFPA 1142 Standards on Water Supplies for Rural and Suburban Fire Fighting. 

    Full Schedule Flyer: Available Here


    This event will include the OFMA Annual Business Meeting, Board Elections, and Awards. 

    Secure your lodging at a discounted rate by calling 1-541-265-9411 or using this online link ( and asking for the Oregon Fire Marshals Association group rate. Discounted rates range from $134-$174, plus tax, depending on the room type. Discounted rooms are available until May 1 or until our room block is full, whichever comes first. Pet friendly rooms are available upon request and incur a daily fee. 

    • 2023-05-24
    • 12:00 - 20:00
    • Best Western Agate Beach: 3019 N Coast Hwy, Newport

    Vendors & Sponsors!

    Join us for the OFMA Annual Business Meeting and Conference, at the Best Western Agate Beach on May 24, 2023. Please select the level of support/participation that best suits your company for this event. If you have any questions, please contact OFMA Administrator at

    This event will include the OFMA Annual Business Meeting, Four Days of Training Sessions, Board Elections, and Awards.  Our sponsor reception will take place on Wednesday, May 24, 2023.  Sponsors who wish to attend the training sessions are required to register as an attendee also.  

    Secure your lodging at Best Western by calling 1-541-265-9411.  *Per Diem rate rooms not available to sponsors and vendors.

    For more information or paper registration: Click Here 

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.


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:

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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