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Simpson Selected to Lead Office of State Fire Marshal
01/29/2009
Rich Hoover
Office of State Fire Marshal
Phone: (503) 934-8217

Oregon State Police Superintendent Timothy McLain announced the appointment today of Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Randy Simpson as the new State Fire Marshal. Simpson has been serving as acting state fire marshal since December 2008 following the retirement of State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr.
New State Fire Marshal Randy Simpson 
 
Simpson was chosen from a pool of qualified candidates interviewed by a board comprised of representatives from fire service, Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, and the Oregon State Police. The Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) falls under the command of the Oregon State Police and the appointment is effective February 1, 2009.
 
"Randy is an excellent leader with great skills, abilities, and experience," said McLain. "I have the utmost confidence in State Fire Marshal Simpson and look forward to working with him as he continues the OSFM mission to protect citizens, their property and the environment from fires and hazardous materials.
 
Simpson began his fire service in 1977 as a volunteer firefighter in Ontario, Oregon. In 1978 he became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He became a full-time firefighter/EMT in 1980 and worked through the ranks to becoming Ontario Fire Department's Fire Inspector in 1987 and Deputy Fire Chief / Hazardous Materials Response Team Coordinator in 1992. Randy served as Ontario's Fire Chief from 1997 to 2005 before taking the position of Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal.
 
"It's an honor and a privilege to be chosen to lead the OSFM," said Simpson. "I look forward to working with an incredible staff and the finest professionals in the country as we take fire safety and hazardous materials safety into the future."
 
The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal employs a staff of 70, working in areas of community education, emergency planning and response, fire & life safety, inspection, investigation, fire code administration, licensing, permitting, and data gathering and analysis in furthering its mission to protect citizens, their property and the environment from fires and hazardous materials.
 
For more information about the Office of State Fire Marshal, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/.