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The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) protects citizens, their property, and the environment from fire and hazardous materials. 

In 1917, OSFM began with the State Insurance Commissioner serving as ex officio State Fire Marshal. In 1963, OSFM separated from the insurance commissioner and served under the Governor. In 1971, the Legislature incorporated OSFM under the Department of Commerce and provided for the appointment of a State Fire Marshal and the establishment of a separate administration office. The Department of Commerce dismantled in 1987, and OSFM transferred to the Executive Department until 1993. The OSFM combined with the Oregon State Police in 1993 to consolidate safety responsibilities.

Past to present State Fire Marshals: 
C. Walter Stickney, 1963-1973
Clyde W. Centers, 1974-1981
Olin L. Greene, 1982-1990
Everett G. Hall, 1990-1993
Robert T.  Panuccio, 1994-2000
Robert L. Garrison, 2001-2004
Nancy Orr, 2004-2008
Randy R. Simpson, 2009-2010
Mark Wallace, 2011-2014
Jim Walker, 2014-2020

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