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Planning and Training Assistance (PATA)

ORS 453.347 Emergency Response Planning

(1) The State Fire Marshal shall assist with emergency response planning by appropriate agencies of government at the local, state and national levels to assure that the response to a hazardous substance fixed site or transportation accident is swift and appropriate to minimize damage to any person, property or wildlife. This planning shall include assisting in and training for the preparation of localized plans setting forth agency responsibilities for on-scene response.

(2) The State Fire Marshal may apply for funds as available to train, equip and maintain an appropriate response capability at the state and local level.

(3) The State Fire Marshal shall issue certificates to local agency personnel who have completed the training.​

(4) To the extent practicable, the emergency preparedness and response program for hazardous substances as provided in this section shall be consistent with the program for radioactive​​material, wastes and substances developed by the State Department of Energy and the Oregon Health Authority under ORS chapters 453 and 469. [1985 c.726 §11; 2009 c.595 §897]

Community Capability Assessment (CCA)​

Chemical spills can happen any day, at any time, in any community.  When a major incident occurs, emergency responders must work with other community resources to address the incident.  Additionally, an expanded incident may require the community to request resources from mutual aid agencies, the county, or the state.

As these resources execute their emergency response plans, there will be areas where the individual plans overlap. Each resource involved in the incident, must have a clear understanding of the other responder’s roles and limitations, so that everyone can work together safely and effectively.

The Community Capability Assessment (CCA) process is a systematic, three-phased approach that aids emergency responders in evaluating, coordinating, and enhancing the cohesiveness of their emergency response plans.

The three phases of the process are:

​Phase  1 - Emergency plan interface evaluation between the facility and fire department.

​Phase 2 - Emergency plan interface evaluation between the fire department and the additional community resources.

Phase 3 - Emergency plan interface evaluation between the community resources and  mutual aid, county and state resources.

The CCA process facilitates participation of key partners such as industry, fire departments, law enforcement, emergency management, emergency medical, including hospitals, public works, utilities and others to create a team of local experts that will evaluate the local emergency response plans.  When gaps in the plans are identified, the team works together to find mutually agreeable solutions to the gaps.


Emergency Plan Evaluation Questionnaires​​​

Note: Questionnaires are in Adobe PDF fill-in format. If you wish to complete the form electronically, you must first "save as" to your computer and then complete the form. To print a copy of the document click on the "print" button in the upper right hand corner of the form.

Phase 1

Facility and Fire Department

Phase 2 - Community Resources


Emergency Medical (Transport and Hospitals)

Fire Department

Hazmat Team

Law Enforcement

Public Works (including Roads Dept.)

Utilities (Gas and Electric)

Phase 3 - County and State Resources

Emergency Management

Law Enforcement

Public Works (including Road Dept.)

Oregon Department of Transportation

Oregon State Police