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Fire and Life Safety Competency Recognition Program
Competency Recognition Program
 
The Fire and Life Safety Competency Recognition Program defines competencies, provides education and recognizes commitment and scope of practice among fire and life safety professionals in Oregon. The competency recognition program is a joint effort between the Office of State Fire Marshal and the Oregon Fire Marshals Association.
 
The competency recognition program focuses on fire and life safety training and technical certifications. These certifications include Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) Fire Inspector Task Books, which are based on the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 1031 Professional Standards for Fire Inspectors, as well as International Code Council (ICC) certifications. 
 
There are currently four levels of competency recognition certificates available for fire service personnel responsible for enforcing the Fire Code in Oregon. 
  • Level 1: Company Inspector.  Performs basic fire safety inspections in one and two story Group B and Group M occupancies with no high-piled or rack storage.
  • Level 2: Fire and Life Safety Specialist I.  Performs basic fire safety inspections in all types of occupancies. 
  • Level 3: Fire and Life Safety Specialist II.  Performs fire safety inspections with moderate technical challenges. 
  • Level 4: Fire Marshal.  Performs fire safety inspections with advanced technical challenges. 
 
In July of 2008, the OSFM completed a revision to Oregon Administrative Rule Chapter 837.039.0210. This revision establishes a standardization of certification and training requirements for fire officials responsible for administration enforcement of the fire code.
 
Competency Recognition Program Information 
 
Competency Recognition Brochure
 
Application 
 
Renewal Process for Maintaining a Competency Recognition Certificate 
 
List of people who have been issued a competency recognition certificate
 

Competency Recognition Advisory Committee
 
The purpose of the Fire and Life Safety Competency Recognition Advisory Committee (FLSCRAC) is to provide input to the Office of State Fire Marshal in the recognition process, review denied applications that are appealed, and determine whether alternative training meets the intent of the recognition requirements for effectively operating the Fire and Life Safety Competency Recognition program. The members receive no compensation for their work. Motivation for participating in the committee stems from the desire to shape the Fire and Life Safety Competency Recognition program in a fashion most beneficial to Oregon’s fire service and the communities they serve. The committee operates in an advisory capacity only. Suggestions or actions of this committee are intended to keep the State Fire Marshal informed as to the possible effects the recognition program will have on Oregon’s fire service.
 
The committee is comprised of exempt fire jurisdictions, non-exempt jurisdictions, construction trades, Oregon Fire Marshals Association, Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Oregon Fire Chiefs Association representative to the Governor’s Fire Service Policy Council, and the Office of State Fire Marshal. The committee meets at the OSFM quarterly, and these meetings are open to the public. The committee is comprised of the following individuals.
 

Category
Representing
Member
Start Date
Associations
Oregon Fire Chiefs Association & Governor Fire Service Policy Council
Greg Keller
April 2009
Oregon Fire Marshals Association
Debra McDermott
April 2009
Trades - NW Automatic Fire Alarm Association
Hank Rolfs
November 2011
Exempt Jurisdictions
Springfield Fire & Life Safety
Al Gerard
April 2009
Jackson County Fire District #3
Hugh Holden
March 2010
Non-Exempt Jurisdictions
Toledo Fire Department
Will Ewing
December 2011
Hermiston Fire & Emergency Services
Tom Bohm
March 2010
State Agencies
Office of State Fire Marshal
Stacy Warner (Chair)
July 2006
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
Mark Ayers
 

 
Competency Recognition Advisory Committee bylaws 
 
If you have questions related to the Fire and Life Safety Competency Recognition Advisory Committee, contact Anita Horsley by phone 503-934-8249 or email anita.horsley@state.or.us.
 
Meeting Minutes
 
February 2008
June 2008
October 2008
April 2009
June 2009
February 2010 
November 2010
May 2011
September 2011
December 2011