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Who We Are

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.

Vision, Mission, and Values


Vision

Reduce risk, save lives, prevent loss.

Mission

The mission of the Oregon Fire Marshals Association (OFMA) is to support the fire service and its stakeholders by providing education and forums  for discussion, addressing current fire and life safety issues, and assisting in targeted efforts to fulfill our vision.

Value Statement

We recognize honesty, integrity and the pursuit of excellence as core values.


OFMA Board


Shawn Olson, President

Shawn was promoted to Battalion Chief-Fire Marshal in 2019 with Clackamas Fire District #1. He started his fire service experience as a volunteer with Gladstone Fire Department in 1997. Prior to getting hired with CFD#1 in 2008, Shawn worked for California Department of Forestry, and was a student firefighter for Walla Walla County Fire District #4.

In 2005, Shawn graduated from Portland Community College with an Associates degree in Fire Science. In 2014, he graduated from Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration. He currently holds the IAAI-CFI certification, CPSE-Fire Marshal designation and OSFM-Fire Marshal credential as well as the ICC-Fire Plans Examiner certification. He sits on the NFPA 24 technical committee and assists with the Oregon Fire Sprinkler Coalition.

In Shawn’s spare time, he enjoys riding dirt bikes, camping, and outdoor activities.


Gert Zoutendijk, 1st VP 

Gert came to the United States from the Netherlands in 1990 to Study fire education and fire prevention at Chemeketa Community College and other organizations. In 1999 he was hired at Lake Oswego Fire Department as Deputy Fire Marshal and was promoted to Fire Marshal July 1st, 2013. Gert is certified as a Fire Code Inspector II and Fire Plans Examiner through the ICC, OIC-OR Inspector Certification, Fire Marshal recognition through the Office of State Fire Marshal and certification through DPSST include Fire Investigator, Fire/Life Safety Educator, and Fire Inspector III among others. Gert is involved in new construction plan review and inspections, maintenance inspections, fire investigations and public information for Lake Oswego Fire Department and is also involved with the Oregon State fire code committee.

Gert is a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography with a diploma in Professional Photography. He specializes in fire photography and teaches throughout the State to fire and police agencies. He also holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science through Chemeketa Community College.


     Craig Andresen, 2nd VP

Craig has been a Deputy State Fire Marshal since 2018 and works out of the Pendleton Field Office. He previously worked in Klamath Falls for 13 years at both Klamath County Fire District 1 and Kingsley Field Fire Department. He started his career as a volunteer and student firefighter in 1998 in Kentucky prior to being hired as a full-time firefighter in 2003. He is also an adjunct instructor for Fire Prevention in the Fire Science program at Blue Mountain Community College.

Craig has completed his AAS in Fire Suppression from Chemeketa Community College. He is certified as a Fire Inspector II and Fire Plans Examiner from the International Code Council. He also holds the Fire Marshal certification from the Office of State Fire Marshal. Craig has also redesigned and presented most of the Competency Recognition program training materials.

Craig enjoys spending quality time with his family and producing his church’s livestream broadcasts


      Lora Ratcliff, 1 Year Director

Lora Ratcliff is the Division Chief – Fire Marshal for Albany Fire Department. She began her career in the codes when she obtained her AAS in s Examiner for Marion County Building. Lora went back to Chemeketa obtained her AAS in Fire Prevention in 2012. She volunteered with Corvallis Fire as a volunteer Fire Prevention Officer a few hours a week while working as a Permit Technician with Corvallis Building, 2010-2012. Lora was hired by Albany Fire Department in 2012 as a Deputy Fire Marshal, promoted to Senior Deputy Fire Marshal in 2015, and promoted to Fire Marshal in 2019. She boasts of her wonderful team of three outstanding Deputy Fire Marshals – two Compliance and one PIO/Community Risk Reduction Specialist. They are the heart and soul of the Prevention Division!

Lora is currently enrolled in Eastern Oregon University’s Fire Service Admiration Bachelor program and has her sights set on obtaining a Master’s in Executive Fire Administration at Arizona State University. She currently sits on the Oregon Fire Code Advisory Board (2020) and IAAI Board of Directors (2013) and is an active member of the Oregon Fire Code Committee (2015) and the Oregon Life Safety Team (2009).

Lora has a 17-year old daughter, two stepsons (24- & 32-year old), and three gorgeous grand-daughters ranging from 7 years to 6 months. Her loving and adoring husband is her biggest fan, as she is his! Lora enjoys spending chill time at home with a nice IPA.


    Scott Goff, 1 Year Director

Scott has been in the Oregon Fire Service for the last 34 years starting in 1986 as a Volunteer firefighter for the City of Phoenix. Scott attended Chemeketa Community College, and worked for Turner Fire District in the Willamette Valley before returning to the City of Phoenix in 1991. Scott worked his way through the ranks of Firefighter and Captain, and was the Fire Chief for the City of Phoenix from 1997 to 2000. From September 2000 to December 2017 Scott worked for the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office and was duty stationed in Pendleton. Scott performed many duties including fire code enforcement, fire investigations, healthcare facility inspections, and fire prevention in multiple counties in Northeast Oregon. In 2008 Scott and family moved to Stanfield to a small family farm and volunteered with Stanfield Fire District. He continued to volunteer following the creation of Umatilla County Fire District #1. Scott started January 1, 2018, as the Fire Marshal for Umatilla County Fire District #1 replacing retiring Fire Marshal Tom Bohm. Scott has served on the OFMA Board as a Director since 2020.


Amber Cross, 2 Year Director

Amber Cross is a Supervising Deputy State Fire Marshal for Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM). She began her work in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter with Sublimity Fire District in 1993 and has continued her work in the fire service for over twenty years. Prior to getting hired at OSFM she worked for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue working her way through the fire prevention ranks as well as Turner Fire District as a Division Chief- Fire Marshal. Amber holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Administration along with many certifications including Oregon Fire Marshal recognition through the Office of State Fire Marshal, ICC Fire Plans Examiner, NFPA Fire Inspector III and NFPA Fire Investigator.

Amber enjoys spending time with her husband and two children (almost grown) along with their golden retriever named Probie. As a family, they continue to volunteer with Sublimity Fire District. Amber and Probie, a certified therapy team for first responders began their training in 2019. They are the first certified team in Oregon to be invited to be part of First Responder Therapy Dogs which is based out of California. Together, they are working to spread comfort, smiles and laughs to responders who may be having a challenging day.



     Ryan Kragero, 2 Year Director 

Ryan Kragero serves the residents of northern Clackamas County as a Fire Inspector & Fire Investigator for Clackamas Fire District #1. He began as a volunteer firefighter for Polk County Fire District, while he was attending Western Oregon University. He graduated from Western Oregon University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and Administration. After graduation from Western, Ryan returned back to the Portland Metropolitan area to help run a 3rd generation family printing company, in the Brooklyn Neighborhood or Portland.

Feeling that draw to serve his community, in 2013 Ryan became a volunteer firefighter for Clackamas Fire District #1, promoted to apparatus operator, and was elected President of the Clackamas Volunteer Firefighters’ Association. He severed as a volunteer for seven years before getting hired in his current position.

Ryan brings a candid approach of both private and public sector experience to the table.

Outside of work he enjoys coaching high school football, spending time with family, friends, and his golden retriever, Cooper.

Tanner Fairrington, Past President

Tanner Fairrington is a Deputy Fire Marshal with Medford Fire-Rescue. He graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology in 2008 with a degree in civil engineering, and has worked in the private and public sectors designing structures, site developments, and roadways. Prior to joining Medford Fire, Tanner was a Plans Examiner with the City of Medford Building Department where he was taught to be a student of the “intent” of codes.  Tanner is a licensed Professional Engineer; recognized by the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office as a Fire Marshal; and certified by Oregon Building Codes Division to conduct fire and life safety plan reviews, building plan reviews, and inspections for commercial buildings. He is currently the chair for the IAAI Rogue Valley District and member of the Southern Oregon Chapter of the ICC. Tanner enjoys spending time with his family, riding dirt bikes, woodworking, and spending time outdoors.

 





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