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Fire and Life Safety Services Branch

Program Overview

The Fire and Life Safety Services Branch conducts inspections, investigates fires, and provides technical assistance to community organizations, industry associations, and local fire and building officials on fire and life safety issues.
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Competency Recognition Program

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Deputy State Fire Marshals

Deputy Contacts

Deputy Districts

Deputy State Fire Marshal Career Development Plan (brochure) 
 
There are 18 deputy state fire marshals located throughout the state. Deputy state fire marshals' responsibilities include:

  • Conducting statewide inspections of schools and correctional facilities, review building plans and provide code consultations. By state statute, a deputy state fire marshal may inspect any structure, except private residences.
  • Training and demonstrating fire drills and correct use of fire extinguishers at public events, safety fairs, classes, and other community events.
     
  • Conducting fire investigations to determine fire origin and cause, and determine if the fire was the result of carelessness or intent. Deputies also deliver presentations of investigation protocols and evidence preservation to members of the fire service statewide.
     
  • Delivering training to fire service members on basic fire investigation, scope of authority, and fire department access and water supply. Training with fire agencies fosters lines of communication and consistent practices among Oregon fire officials.
     
  • Conducting federally mandated inspections in nursing homes, hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers.
     
  • Providing expertise to local jurisdictions, counties, and state agencies on cases involving juvenile firesetters and assisting juvenile justice personnel in providing appropriate intervention resources.

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Fire and Life Safety Services Branch Curriculum

The Fire and Life Safety Services Branch (FLSSB) Curriculum. The Fire and Life Safety Services Branch provides training to the Oregon fire service based on state and national standards. Training is available online or in a classroom setting. Both the online training and classroom training can be accessed through iLearn Oregon.
 
If you have taken a course with the Office of State Fire Marshal, you have an account in iLearn Oregon (even if you have never logged in before). Please contact Sandi McClaughry at 503-934-8256 to receive your log in ID and temporary password. For first time users, please follow the directions in the iLearn Quick Start Guide. If you already have an account, log in at
 
https://ilearn.oregon.gov 
 
ilearn quick start guide 
 
CURRICULUM 
 
Most OSFM curriculums are available online through iLearn Oregon.

 CLASSROOM  ONLINE
Fire & Life Safety Awareness I Fire & Life Safety Awareness I
Fire & Life Safety Awareness I Fire & Life Safety Awareness I
Oregon Fire Code Amendments Oregon Fire Code Amendments
Basic Fire Investigation 100 Basic Fire Investigation 100
Basic Fire Investigation 200 Oregon Basic Building Code
Company Inspector I-IV Oregon Basic Mechanical Code
Company Inspector Train-The-Trainer  
Fire Plans Review  
 
Log in and Enroll on iLearnOregon
 
Fire and Life Safety Awareness I 
FLS Awareness I training is available online through iLearn Oregon or in a classroom setting.
 
Module 1:   Scope of Authority & Assembly Occupancies
This training provides a review of the ORS, OAR, and Oregon Attorney General Opinions related to the powers and duties of the State Fire Marshal (SFM) and assistants to the SFM, inspection procedures, due process, and investigation of fires. Assembly Occupancies training provides definitions, and fire and life safety concerns in assembly occupancies.
 
Fire and Life Safety Awareness I A Course Outline 
Fire and Life Safety Awareness I and II Lesson Plan 
Fire and Life Safety Awareness Dispute Resolution Process 
Fire and Life Safety Awareness Attorney General Opinion 6512 
Fire and Life Safety Awareness Attorney General Opinion 6491 
Fire and Life Safety Awareness Attorney General Opinion 6311 
 
Fire and Life Safety Awareness II
FLS Awareness II training is available online through iLearn Oregon or in a classroom setting.
Log in and Enroll on iLearnOregon.
 
Module 2 A:   Fire Department Access, Part 1 of 2
This training covers the provisions of fire department access as established in the 2007 Oregon Fire Code including permits, fire department access roads, building access, and fire hydrant systems.
 
Module 2 B:   Water Supply and Fire Flow, Part 2 of 2
This training covers calculating water supply per NFPA 1142 Standard on Water Supplies for Suburban and Rural Fire Fighting, fire flow, and the number and distribution of fire hydrants per the Oregon Fire Code.
 
Basic Mechanical Code
Basic Mecanical Code training is available online through iLearn Oregon.
 
Basic Mechanical Code training is based on the Oregon Mechanical Specialty Code, Exhaust Systems. A fire inspector needs a high-level understanding of mechanical exhaust systems, as these systems are found in a variety of occupancies. The Basic Mechanical Code training provides a foundational understanding of mechanical exhaust systems including general requirements for exhaust systems, clothes dryer exhaust systems, domestic kitchen exhaust equipment, commercial kitchen exhaust systems, hazardous exhaust systems, and dust, stock, and refuse conveying systems.
 
Oregon Fire Code Amendments
The OFC Amendments class is available online through iLearn Oregon.
 
This is a high-level training of the 2010 Oregon amendments based on the 2009 International Fire Code.
 
Fire Department Company Inspector
Company Inspector training is available through classroom only. It may be available through your local fire department or deputy state fire marshal. Fire department instructors must complete a train-the-trainer course through the OSFM. 
 
Module 1:
Training related to a company inspector's scope of authority in performing inspections, liability, and responsibility to act when aware of a violation. An introduction to Oregon Fire Code (OFC) including scope, intent, and applicability. Occupancy classifications are also identified as found in the OFC and the scope of practice is defined for company inspectors.
 
Module 2:
Training related to the general provisions of fire service access and means of egress as found in the OFC. Provides company inspectors the tools to identify common violations in fire department access and means of egress in one- and two-story business and mercantile occupancies with no high-piled or rack storage.
 
Module 3:
Training related to the general provisions of fire protection, fire protection systems, and electrical hazards as found in the OFC. Provides company inspectors the tools to identify common violations in fire-resistance-rated construction, protection systems, and electrical hazards in one- and two-story business and mercantile occupancies with no high-piled or rack storage.
 
Module 4:
Training related to the general provisions of housekeeping and hazardous materials as found in the OFC. The last part of this class provides basic knowledge on conducting company inspections including preparing for the inspection, conducting the inspection, reinspection, and maintaining files and records.
 
Company Inspector Train-the-Trainer
The Company Inspector Training the Training course is available online through iLearn Oregon. This course is required if a fire department instructor wants to teach the OSFM Company Inspector curriculum to their department personnel.
 
Basic Fire Investigation - Level 100
BFI 100 training is a pre-requisite to Basic Fire Investigation 200.
 
BFI 100 is available online through iLearn Oregon as a three-hour course. It is also available as a classroom course taught by deputy state fire marshals.
 
This course will satisfy some requirements for Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) task book for Firefighter I, Firefighter II, and Fire Officer I.
 
The level 100 course provides a basic framework for fire personnel who have little experience in conducting fire investigations. The course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the need for scene preservation, legal authority, determining fire patterns, origin and cause, and various steps in the investigation process.
 
Basic Fire Investigation 100 Course Outline 
Basic Fire Investigation 100 Handouts 
Basic Fire Investigation 100 Skills Evaluation Checklist 
 
Basic Fire Investigation - Level 200
BFI 200 is a 16-hour course that is is available through classroom only.
 
This course will satisfy some requirements for DPSST task book for Fire Investigator.
 
The level 200 course is for volunteer and career fire service and law enforcement personnel and is based on NFPA 921 Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigations, NFPA 1033 Standard for Fire Investigator, NFPA 1001 current edition Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications, and Oregon DPSST task book objectives. The Basic Fire Investigation course is designed to provide a high-level of understanding of the need for scene preservation, legal authority, determining fire patterns, origin and cause, and various steps in the investigation process.
 
College Credit for Basic Fire Investigation Level 100 and 200
Portland Community College has agreed to accept the OSFM Basic Fire Investigation Level 100 and 200 curriculums, and four on-line courses sponsored by IAAI, as an equivalent for the PCC course PF 212 Fire Investigation. This PCC course is worth 3 credit hours. Click on the links below for instructions and an application form.
 
PCC College Credit Instructions 
PCC Registration and Change Form 
 
Fire Plan Review
 
This course prepares students for the ICC Fire Plans Examiner test. It covers plan review related to administration, occupancies, fire protection, egress and safety, fire protection systems, hazardous materials, and specific occupancy use and use hazards.
 
Basic Building Code online course
The Office of State Fire Marshal created this interactive training to meet the core curriculum training requirement for the Fire and Life Safety Compentency Recognition Program.
 
Oregon Administrative Rule 837-039-0120 establishes statewide standards for certification and training requirements of fire officials responsible for administration of a Fire Code approved by the State Fire Marshal.
 
The four-hour online Basic Building Code training provides a conceptual introduction to regulatory conditions referenced in the fire code but typically enumerated in building codes, with emphasis on the Oregon Structural Specialty Code.
 
Basic Building Code Student Manual 
Log in and Enroll on iLearnOregon
 
Instructors
Any instructor who wishes to teach an OSFM course must be certified through DPSST at the minimum level of NFPA Fire Instructor I, and they must take the OSFM train-the-trainer course. If interested, complete an Instructor Training Request Form and submit it to Anita Horsley. Contact information appears at the bottom of this section.
 
Instructor Training Request Form 
Instructor Training Procedures 
Instructor iLearn Guide  
 
Contact:
 
Lori Van Dan Acker
Fire and Life Safety Services
4760 Portland Rd NE
Salem OR 97305-1760
Phone  503-934-8274
Fax  503-373-1825
Lori.vandanacker@state.or.us

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iLearn Oregon

iLearn Login   (link to this page) 
 
iLearn Quick Start Guide 
iLearn Fact Sheet 
OSFM has access to an electronic learning management system called iLearn Oregon. This system may be used to manage records for all OSFM trainings, and course enrollments for OSFM and fire service employees. Individuals who use the iLearn system may access their transcripts, take online training, take online exams, and register for courses.
 
Log onto iLearn to view upcoming courses offered by the OSFM. Instructions are in the iLearn Comprehensive User Guide (link above).
 
For information or assistance in using iLearn Oregon, please contact:
 
Shawna Fenison
Fire and Life Safety Services
4760 Portland Rd NE
Salem OR 97305-1760
Phone  503-934-8256
Fax  503-373-1825
shawna.fenison@state.or.us

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Licensed Care Facilities

These manuals provide health care facilities with common recommended practices and suggested procedures to maintain a reasonable level of fire and life safety.

Fire and Life Safety Practices Hospitals

Fire and Life Safety Practices Nursing Homes and Hospice Facilities

Fire and Life Safety Practices Assisted Living, Residential Care Facilities and Memory Care Units

Fire and Life Safety Practices Ambulatory Health Care Facilities

This checklist is for facilities to use when creating and/or evaluating their plans. The content is based on currently adopted regulations in Oregon and reflect both health and safety aspects of plans.

Emergency Preparedness Plan Checklist for Licensed Care Facilities in Oregon

 

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Requesting Copies of Investigation Reports

Request for Copy of a Fire Investigation Report (form)
 
Use the link above to open and submit a request form. When OSFM staff receive the request, they will determine if a report is available, calculate the cost of providing a copy of the report, and contact you with instructions for submitting payment.
 
The cost varies depending on the request.  Generally copies of the report are $10; CD of photos (if available) are $30 per CD. The fees are allowed under ORS 192.440(3).
 
For more information contact:
 
Shawna Fenison
Fire and Life Safety Branch
503-934-8256
shawna.fenison@state.or.us

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