John Patterson, President
John Patterson was raised in Central Point and graduated from Crater High School in 1992. He then attended Chemeketa Community College in Salem, graduating with an Associate of Science Degree in Fire Protection Technology. John is currently completing requirements for a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Service Administration through Western Oregon University John was hired at District 3 as the Deputy Fire Marshal in September of 2011 after six years working for Medford Fire-Rescue as a Fire Inspector. Prior to MFR, he worked at Clackamas County Fire Dist. #1 as a Fire Inspector for four years. John was promoted to Fire Marshal February 1, 2013. John is married with five kids, love the outdoors, mountain lakes, hiking, motorcycles and restoring old Jeeps.
Scott Kline, 1st Vice President
Scott Kline Fire Marshal/Paramedic – Scott Kline has been with Hoodland Fire District # 74 for 32 years, 20 of those as a volunteer. Prior to starting as a career firefighter, Scott worked 16 years for the U.S. Forest Service as a Fire Prevention Technician and a firefighter on the Zigzag Hotshot crew. Over the past 2 years, Kline has also acted as the Fire Marshal for the Estacada Fire District on a part time basis. He graduated from Portland Community College with an Associates of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology, Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelors of Science in Geography and Regional Planning and Oregon Health Sciences University with a Certificate of Paramedic Education. Mr. Kline currently sits on the NFPA 1620 Technical Committee (Pre-Incident Planning), is the president of the Clackamas County Fire Investigation Team, a member of the Clackamas Fire Prevention Co/Op, and the International Association of Arson Investigators. When Scott has spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, riding his motorcycle and restoring his old (1968) Ford Bronco.
Tanner Fairrington, 2nd Vice 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 dirtbikes, woodworking, and spending time outdoors.
Traci Cooper, 1st Year Director
Traci Cooper was born and raised in Central Oregon. After graduating from high school, she attended Oregon State University where she received her Bachelor of Science degree. While attending college, Traci spent part of her summers working for a day treatment center and then the US Forest Service. She has since been employed as a 911 emergency dispatcher for the Prineville Police Department, a Crime Prevention Specialist and Property and Evidence Technician for the Albany Police Department. Traci was hired by Albany Fire Department where she worked for 14 years and had the privilege to serve as a Public Education Officer and was then promoted to a Deputy Fire Marshal. In 2003, Traci accepted the Fire Marshal position at Redmond Fire & Rescue. She has more than 20 years in the fire service and enjoys serving the community.
Gert Zoutendijk, 2nd Year Director
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.
Kate Stoller, 2nd Year Director
Kate Stoller, a native Oregonian, has served in the Fire Service since 1991. She started her career in Southern Oregon, volunteering with Jackson County Fire District #5. A graduate of Chemeketa Community College’s Fire Suppression program, she pursued a second degree in Fire Prevention. She moved to the Portland Metro area when she was hired as a Fire Prevention Specialist for Lake Oswego Fire. Currently, she’s with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) where she’s worked for nearly 20 years. She previously served the Oregon Fire Marshals Association as treasurer and is excited to be back as a Director.
Joseph Hyatt, 2nd Year Director
Joseph Hyatt is a 30-year veteran of the fire service and currently a Fire Marshal/Battalion Chief with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. He has an A.S in Fire Science, B.S in Public Administration and is certified by the International Codes Council (ICC) as a Building Plans Examiner, Fire Plans Examiner and a Fire Inspector II, and is certified as an IAAI CFI. Joseph is an instructor at Rogue Community College teaching a variety of Fire Science and Technical Rescue classes. He’s married and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.
Michael Trabue, Past President
Mike Trabue is an Assistant Chief Deputy at the Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) where he leads and direct the administration of the 23 members of the office’s Fire & Life Safety Services Branch. Prior to joining the OSFM, Mike served as the Deputy Chief / Fire Marshal with the City of Albany for nine years providing program management for the Fire and Life Safety Division. Before joining the Albany Fire, Mike served the Redmond (WA) Fire Department for 13 years, with the last eight serving as an Assistant Fire Marshal overseeing program management of fire maintenance inspections and fire investigations. Mike has an A.S. in Public Fire Administration, B.S in Business Administration and is certified by the International Codes Council (ICC) as a Building Plans Examiner, Fire Plans Examiner and a Fire Inspector 2. He also is certified by IFASC as a Fire Investigator and Instructor I, the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Office as a Fire Marshal; and, maintains an Oregon Inspector Certification with Oregon’s State Building Codes Division.
2016-2017 Board at the Annual Business Meeting
OFMA Becomes a Section of OFCA at Spring Conference 2016!
OFCA and OFMA 2015-2016 Boards of Directors