May 2018
Published by the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal
It’s not a change of seasons any longer, so start now to protect what matters
A s many of you may already know, May is Wildfire Awareness Month in Oregon, as declared by Governor Kate Brown. Nine other western states have also made this proclamation: Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Colorado, Nevada, and California.

Every year more and more states make this declaration because we are all realizing that there is no longer a “wildfire season,” it’s now becoming a wildfire year, and all Oregonians need to prepare now and stay prepared throughout the year.

There are plenty of resources from the Web available to assist you in educating your community on how best to protect what matters – their property, and more importantly, themselves against threats from fire. Good Web resources include: Keep Oregon Green , the Oregon Department of Forestry , NFPA Firewise Program , and our own OSFM website , and we are adding more.

This month we will have a number of new video public service announcements focusing on defensible space, preventing wildfires, and wildfire safety. These resources are free and easy to download or link to.

We also need to encourage residents to be familiar with “Ready, Set, Go.” And this applies to all emergencies. Ready begins with creating defensible space and hardening homes with fire resistant building materials. Set is having an evacuation plan for your family and pets and packing your emergency items, and Go is acting early and following your personal evacuation plan.

Saturday, May 5 th is the NFPA endorsed Wildfire Community Preparedness Day where residents are encouraged to commit a couple of hours, or the entire day, and watch as your actions positively contribute to reducing your community’s wildfire risk. Challenge your friends, your family, relatives, faith-based group or youth organization to develop a project and join others throughout the nation in making big changes. Your efforts will help raise the awareness, promote collaboration, and bring neighbors together to work on projects that can help protect homes, neighborhoods, and entire communities from future wildfire risk or current post-fire impacts.

 Thanks for all you do!
Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker
OSFM seeking PIOFs
T he Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s Incident Management Teams are seeking experienced Public Information Officers (PIOFs) to join our program for the 2018 fire season. A short selective recruitment cycle will open in mid-May.

Minimum requirements to be selected as a trainee include: 
  • ICS-100 Introduction to ICS
  • ICS-200 Basic ICS
  • ICS-700 NIMS, an Introduction
  • ICS-800: NRF, an Introduction
  • ICS-300: Intermediate ICS
  • ICS-400: Advanced ICS
  • S-203: Introduction to Incident Information

Applicants who have not completed all training listed above will not be considered. Trainees will complete the NWCG Public Information Officer (PIOF) Task Book within two years of selection to be considered fully qualified.

New for 2018:  Survey123 app to collect structural triage and prep information
F or years, resources mobilized by the Office of State Fire Marshal have utilized the Structural Protection Checklist to triage structures threatened by wildfire. While this checklist is still available, 2018 marks the first year OSFM will be able to collect triage information digitally, in real time. 

Thanks to the Green Incident Management Team’s long-term GIS Specialist Don Maxwell, we are introducing the use of Survey123 to collect triage and prep information during OSFM responses. The app is an ESRI product, allowing users to input their data directly into the mapping system. The system will collect information about triage as well as the level of prep work done on a structure and whether there were sprinkler or pump kits left at the location in addition to tracking damage to structures.

Survey123 works in concert with an online link which can also be utilized for the same purpose, with the benefit of Survey123 being that the app will collect and cache information without an internet connection.

Paper triage forms can still be utilized for those who prefer the hand-written method.

Each incident will have its own QR code and link. To test the app, download Survey123 by searching ‘ESRI Survey123’ and scan the QR code provided to access the test survey.
Any question can be directed to or

The OSFM is still working to communicate this information to responders. Additional information is available online.
State Fire Defense Board approves 2018 Mobilization Plan
T he 2018 State Fire Defense Board meeting took place April 25 in Redmond. The group approved the use of the 2017 Oregon Fire Service Mobilization Plan for the 2018 season and discussed the topics the Committee intends to incorporate prior to 2019. The majority of the topics to discuss for 2019 are based on the results of a survey distributed to Fire Defense Board Chiefs prior to the meeting. 

Some of those topics include:
  • Volunteers. Due to the extreme 2017 fire season, volunteers were used in a number of unique ways. There will be a sub-committee formed to discuss the myriad of questions related to the mobilization and reimbursement of individuals who are typically volunteers for their fire agency.
  • Out-of-state Mobilization. The committee will consider the inclusion of an Appendix related to the use of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact; both to mobilize Oregon resources outside of the state and to bring in resources from other states.
  • Deployment Timelines. The committee will discuss how to document and communicate deployment timelines for mobilized personnel.
  • Equipment Standards. The committee will review Appendix G. They will also discuss a proposal for ALS/BLS standards in order to aid in documentation of medical assets in the field during a mobilization should an incident-within-an-incident occur.

Thank you to those who participated in the survey to help ensure the mob plan remains a helpful guidance document, to those who attended the meeting and supported the cause, and to the mob plan committee: Co-Chairs Les Hallman (TVF&R) and Jack Carriger (Stayton), Lang Johnson (Grants Pass), Scott Magers (Hillsboro), Chad Minter (Coburg), and Larry Wooldridge (La Grande Rural).

The 2017/2018 Mobilization Plan can be found online or paper copies may be ordered by contacting .
NFA class on Campus Fire and Life Safety offered at DPSST
T he Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal will be hosting the following National Fire Academy class:
Campus Fire and Life Safety: Risk Assessment (F0193)
Dates: June 4th - 5th, 2018
Time: 0800-1700 each day
Location: Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, Salem OR
Cost: Free
Instructor: Brian Adams
Course Information:
This two-day course will enable the student to begin to create a comprehensive campus fire and life safety program, starting with conducting a risk assessment and developing and evaluating an emergency plan, as well as building partnerships to sustain emergency programs and plans.
Prerequisites: None
Register Online . You can also go online to access the student pre-course materials and course syllabus .
Lodging on campus in the dorms will be available for those traveling from 75+ miles.

Meals are not provided, however the DPSST cafeteria will be open for the purchase of breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner.

Dress is business casual wear - No Jeans. This can include: Class B uniform, slacks, khakis, dress shirt/blouse, open-collar or polo shirt, optional tie, tailored blazer, sweater, dress/skirt at knee-length.
You will receive an emailed Certificate from FEMA/NFA for the course. DPSST does not supply these, so please be sure to provide a valid working email address.
For questions, please contact Rebecca Carroll at , or at 503-378-2408.
Smoke Alarm Installation Program training
T he Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal Smoke Alarm Installation Program (SAIP) provides smoke alarms to Oregon fire agencies to install in residences that are unprotected.

Due to changes with the program, training is required for all agencies who choose to participate. If you would like to participate in the program and you did not complete training in 2017 or 2018 , please see the below information and links for available training dates.

The OSFM is offering free one-hour webinar trainings on the SAIP.

Topics include:
  • Project planning and ideas
  • Smoke alarms and installation
  • Safety materials
  • Program eligibility, changes, and requirements

Upcoming webinars:
May 22, 2018, 2 p.m. Register by May 17, 2018 .
June 28, 2018, 10 a.m. Register by June 25, 2018 .
July 26, 2018, 2 p.m. Register by July 23, 2018 .

For more information, please contact or 503-934-8228.
2018 IMT Conference summary
T he 2018 Incident Management Team Training was held in early April, in conjunction with our partners at the Oregon Department of Forestry. More than 200 team members and agency leaders met in Bend to discuss issues related to incident management, build relationships with team members and administrators, and plan for the coming fire season. 
One notable session for OSFM teams included guest speaker Darron Williams from the Bureau of Indian Affairs who thanked the group for their efforts during the Nena Springs Fire and emphasized how far the teams have come in integration with both interagency teams and their own type 3 team. 
The OSFM would like to thank all of the agencies who sponsor their personnel to attend the annual training. It is a key component to readiness and is the only time all team members are able to convene in one location and get to know one another outside of an emergency response. 
Smoke & CO Alarm Law requirements when selling or renting a home
T he OSFM is offering free training on Oregon Smoke & CO Alarm Law Requirements When Selling or Renting a Home . Real estate agents will receive one continuing education hour in Real Estate Consumer Protection. If you would like to register for training, click on the appropriate link for the day you want and complete the registration form.

Upcoming training :

May 15, 2018, 10-11a.m., Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue, 1400 W. 8th St., The Dalles. Register by May 10, 2018 .

June 19, 2018, 10-11a.m., Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, 3100 Middlebrook Dr., Newberg. Register by June 14, 2018 .

June 26, 2018, 10-11 a.m., Dallas Fire & EMS, 915 SE Shelton St., Dallas. Register by June 21, 2018 .

July 10, 2018, 10-11 a.m., Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate, Pendleton. Register by July 5, 2018 .

July 11, 2018, 9-10 a.m., Baker City Fire Dept., 1616 2nd St., Baker City. Register by July 5, 2018 .
All-hazards PIO class in danger of being cancelled
The NIMS ICS All-Hazards Public Information Officer Train-the-Trainer (LO953) course planned for May 21-24, 2018 in Salem is in danger of being cancelled due to low enrollment. Applicants are urged to apply immediately.

The course is hosted by Oregon Emergency Management and is designed to assist the student in their preparation to function effectively under the NIMS/Incident Command System.

Personnel selected to serve as instructors for this course will teach in the field to personnel representing the nation's first responders and allied professions from various federal, state, and local organizations.

All applicants for admission into the All-Hazards Position-Specific Train-the-Trainer program must:
  • Have completed the course they desire to teach prior to applying for acceptance into the Train-the-Trainer program.
  • Be a fully qualified PIO; have a completed Position Task Book.
  • Have documented experience serving as a PIO on Type 3, Type 2, or Type 1 all-hazard incident management team(s).

To register, email your application directly to State Training Officer Karen Layng at

Application packet should include:
  • Completed FEMS 119-25-1 form
  • Resume describing applicable instructional background and public information officer experience, including on an incident management team.
  • Certificates of prerequisites and basic instructor certificate.