State Emergency Response Commission
ORS 453.520 designates the State Fire Marshal as the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act of 1986 (42 U.S.C. 11001 et seq.).
The Oregon SERC is responsible for:
·        Designating Emergency Planning Districts (EPDs) throughout Oregon,
·        Establishing local emergency planning committees (LEPCs) within the EPDs,
·        Appointing membership to the LEPCs,
·        Providing review and comment on local community emergency response plans.

OAR 837-095
The Office of State Fire Marshal has adopted OAR 837 Division 095. These rules designate emergency planning districts as required by the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 (42 U.S.C. Chapter 116, Section 11001 et seq.); and Establishes State Emergency Response Commission Executive Committee and Emergency Planning Districts.

Oregon Administrative Rules 837-095 established the SERC Executive Committee and designated Emergency Planning Districts and Local Emergency Planning Committees. In Oregon, statute identifies the State Fire Marshal as the SERC. The SERC Executive Committee was established to provide input and recommendations to the SERC on activities related to EPCRA. The duties of the SERC Executive Committee are to advise the SERC on designation of emergency planning districts and questions regarding the creation or dissolving of LEPC’s, be involved with the review of plans developed by LEPC’s, support LEPC efforts to implement EPCRA, and assist with hazardous materials training, education, and outreach activities in support of the SERC and LEPC’s.

Hazardous Material Emergency Preparedness Grant
The Oregon SERC receives Hazardous Material Emergency Preparedness grant funds from the DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The grant funds are used to support planning, training, and exercise projects related to hazardous materials emergency response to transportation incidents. Oregon receives approximately $260,000 annually. At least 80% of those funds are passed through to local first responder agencies. The remaining 20% is utilized by OSFM facilitate additional planning, training and exercise projects.

USDOT Emergency Order regarding Petroleum Crude Carriers, Docket No.  DOT-OST-2014-0067
On May 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued an Emergency Order requiring all railroads operating trains containing large amounts of Bakken crude oil to notify State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) about the operation of these trains through their states.
Effective immediately, the Emergency Order (Docket Number DOT-OST-2014-0067), requires that each railroad operating trains containing more than 1,000,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil, or approximately 35 tank cars, in a particular state to provide the SERC notification regarding the expected movement of such trains through the counties in that state. The notification must include estimated volumes of Bakken crude oil being transported, frequencies of anticipated train traffic and the route through which Bakken crude oil will be transported. The Emergency Order also requires the railroads provide contact information for at least one responsible party at the host railroads to the SERCs. The Emergency Order advises railroads to assist the SERCs as necessary to share the information with the appropriate emergency responders in affected communities.
Notifications and questions regarding this information are directed to Chad Hawkins at​.
USDOT Emergency Order                                                                RailroadReports​​

Emergency Response Guidebooks
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Emergency Response Guidebook is intended to aid first responders during the initial response to a hazmat incident. The ERG is available in electronic and hardcopy format.

The electronic version is available through the USDOT website at

To check the availability of hardcopy ERG’s, contact Michael Heffner at or 503-934-8030.

2017 Oregon SERC/LEPC Conference
The Office of State Fire Marshal held the 2017 Oregon SERC/LEPC Conference in Seaside, Oregon on May 22-24, 2017 at the Seaside Convention Center. 

This conference was a
n opportunity to enhance the knowledge and understanding of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA) and provided valuable information and ideas. There was opportunity for networking with people from across the state involved in LEPC activities, emergency planning, and response to hazardous materials incidents. This conference was hosted by the OSFM and paid for by funds provided by the HMEP Grant. Please see the links below for the presentations that took place this year. 

2017 Oregon SERC/LEPC Conference Presentations (in order of appearance):

LEPC Forms

SERC Contacts:
Michael Heffner
State Emergency Response Commission
Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal
Oregon State Police
Phone 503-934-8030
Fax 503-373-1825
Terry Wolfe
SERC Emergency Planner
Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal
Oregon State Police
Phone 503-934-8245
Fax 503-373-1825