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State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr to Retire
Richard Hoover
State Fire Marshal's Office
Office: (503) 934-8217

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State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr has announced her retirement effective November 19, 2008. Her retirement concludes 29 years of service to the Oregon fire service.
Accomplishments during Nancy's tenure have been many," said Governor Ted Kulongoski. "She has improved firefighter safety at conflagrations and during emergency mobilizations by developing all-risk incident management teams, she guided the state urban search and rescue task force to full operational readiness, and implemented training and standards to ensure competent and consistent fire code administration. Nancy has set a high standard for the future of Oregon's fire service and emergency response."
State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr
Orr joined the state fire marshal's office in 1988 after serving for nine years as a fire prevention officer with the Hillsboro and Albany Fire Departments.
As a division of Oregon State Police, she managed the Office of State Fire Marshal's statewide fire and life safety code enforcement and fire investigation services, served as the division's fire safety education coordinator, and as the public information officer. Orr served as the Chief Deputy from 2001 to 2004 prior to being named the State Fire Marshal in November 2004.
"We will greatly miss State Fire Marshal Orr," said Oregon State Police Superintendent Tim McLain. "She has committed 29 years to the citizens of Oregon, and has been an incredibly effective advocate for the fire service. Nancy is the consummate professional. She is passionate about the discipline, passionate about her responsibilities, and she has established a track record of leadership that will be difficult to emulate."
"It has been an honor and my good fortune to have served with the finest professionals in public safety and fire prevention in the country," said Orr. "I'm proud of the work we've done to better protect Oregonians from fires, hazardous materials and natural disasters. Leaving after 29 years is bitter-sweet."
"Nancy has elevated partnerships and cooperation with allied state agencies, associations and state fire marshals throughout the nation," said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Randy Simpson. Many OSFM staff members feel her list of achievements includes her devotion to employee professional development. However you look at her career of work, her focus and commitment will be a challenge to duplicate by anyone who follows in her steps."
Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Randy Simpson will assume interim duties until a replacement is named.
Information on State Fire Marshal Orr's retirement reception may be found on the OSFM website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/.