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Communities Encouraged to Participate in Fire Service Appreciation Day - January 27
01/20/2010
Rich Hoover
Oregon State Fire Marshal Office
Public Information Officer
(503) 934-8217

State Fire Marshal Randy Simpson is encouraging communities across the state to honor the work of those in the fire service by conducting events for Fire Service Appreciation Day in Oregon, Wednesday, January 27.
 
"Communities have many opportunities to get involved and recognize the work and sacrifice of members of the Oregon fire service," says State Fire Marshal Randy Simpson. "From community groups hosting a breakfast, lunch, or dinner, to schools holding essay contests, this day is an opportunity for everyone to say thanks."
 
In 2007, the Oregon legislature passed a permanent resolution establishing January 27 each year as Fire Service Appreciation Day in Oregon.
 
Local recognition in past years included city mayors presenting fire chiefs with a certificate of thanks, fire district boards presenting commemorative coins and certificates to volunteers, and newspapers publishing articles and ads thanking members of the fire service.
 
The Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) will host a brief public ceremony at their office in Salem beginning at 11:00 a.m. with displays from each section of the agency thanking the fire service for their work and collaboration in 2009. At noon, the OSFM will dedicate a permanent memorial to employees who have passed away while serving at the agency.
 
For more information on Fire Service Appreciation Day in Oregon, visit:
http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/Fire_Service_Appreciation_Day.shtml.