The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s mission is to protect people, property, and the environment from fire and hazardous materials. The office carries out these duties through prevention education, inspections, code enforcement, and preparedness and response activities. Our vision is to provide premier public safety services.
Our values represent our agency’s "moral compass." We are committed to living these values daily and embody them in our activities as public safety professionals:
Integrity: We believe in being honest, fair, and doing the right thing in everything we do.
Dedication: We are committed to performing our work the best we can in support of our mission, our customers, our stakeholders, the public, and each other.
Leadership: We are committed to being a leader in the Oregon fire service, leading our organization, and leading ourselves as individuals in our day-to-day work.
Partnerships: We believe our success and the success of others depend on collaboration with our stakeholders.
Service to Others: We believe serving others is a cornerstone of our mission, our day-to-day work, and is all-inclusive.
In 1917, the 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 was dismantled in 1987, and the OSFM was transferred to the Executive Department in 1993. The OSFM combined with the Oregon State Police in 1993 to consolidate safety responsibilities.