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State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr Honored at Retirement Ceremony
11/20/2008
Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Randy Simpson assumes interim duties until a replacement is named.
 
More than 200 members of the Oregon fire service, State Police, dignitaries, friends and family turned out for a ceremony Wednesday night at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training to honor State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr who is retiring effective December 1, 2008. Her retirement concludes 29 years of service to the Oregon fire service.
 
"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. We will miss her leadership and friendship but we wish her all the best."
 
Orr joined the state fire marshal's office in 1986 after serving for seven 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 June 2004.
 
"Representing the Oregon Incident Management Teams, Hillsboro Battalion Chief Scott Magers said, "Because of Nancy's leadership, honesty, vision, compassion and inspiration, we are better today than we were years ago, and we will continue to grow because of what she has left us."
 
"She has motivated her staff to accomplish great things in the legislature and all across the state," said Oregon Fire District Director Association President Allen Forster. "She has inspired all of us to give all we can and be the best we can."
 
"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."
 
The following organizations made donations in honor of SFM Orr and her years of service:
 
• Oregon Incident Management Teams - A memorial brick at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
• The Oregon Fire District Directors Association - $500 to the Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial Foundation
• The Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association - $500 to the Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial Foundation
• The Portland Fire Chiefs Association - $250 to the Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial Foundation
• Yamhill County Fire Investigation Team - $100 to the Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial Foundation
• Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue - $100 to the Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial Foundation
• Scappoose Rural Fire District - $100 to the Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial Foundation
• AFSCME Local 3765 - $50 to the Oregon Fallen Firefighter Memorial Foundation
 
Photo: [OrrMcLain3] – State Fire Marshal Nancy Orr looks on as Oregon State Police Superintendent Tim McLain congratulates her on 29 years in the Oregon fire service.
 
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