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State Fire Marshal Randy Simpson Announces Retirement
11/23/2010
Richard Hoover
Office of State Fire Marshal
(503) 934-8217

State Fire Marshal Randy Simpson has announced he is retiring December 31, 2010 after more than 33 years in the Oregon fire service. Simpson was appointed State Fire Marshal on February 1, 2009 after serving for more than 14 months as acting State Fire Marshal.
 
Oregon State Police Superintendent Chris P. Brown, who oversees the Office of State Fire Marshal said, “We appreciate Randy’s commitment for more than three decades to our state’s fire services. His work as our State Fire Marshal helped improve fire safety and hazardous materials safety for all Oregonians.”

Simpson began his fire service in 1977 as a volunteer firefighter in Ontario, Oregon. In 1978 he became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Two years later he became a full-time firefighter/EMT and worked through the ranks to become Ontario Fire Department's Fire Inspector in 1987. In 1992 Simpson was appointed as Ontario’s Deputy Fire Chief / Hazardous Materials Response Team Coordinator. Simpson served as Ontario Fire Chief from 1997 to 2005 before taking the position of Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal in 2005.
 
"It was a difficult decision for me and my wife, Samantha, and I was honored and privileged to have led the OSFM," said Simpson. "I’m leaving at a time when we have an incredible staff comprised of the finest professionals in the country who will help continue forge the future of fire safety, hazardous materials safety, and emergency response in Oregon.”

 
Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Jim Walker will serve as acting state fire marshal beginning January 1, 2011 until a replacement is named.
  
The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) employs a staff of 78, 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.