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Response Ready Oregon

RRO.pngTo meet the growing challenge of wildfire in the wildland-urban interface, the OSFM launched Response Ready Oregon. As part of the Response Ready Oregon initiative, the OSFM hired seven regional mobilization coordinators. These RMCs are the local contact for fire chiefs on local response needs. For an interactive map with their contact, visit OSFM field staffing map. Their job is to collaborate with Fire Defense Board chiefs and local fire chiefs to develop, administer, and maintain strategies and plans to improve the OFMAS.    

Response Ready Oregon will provide extra capacity to local jurisdictions and Fire Defense Boards chiefs to collaboratively help with the following:   

  • Modernized systems and technology that support the Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System (OFMAS)  
  • Assistance to the Oregon fire service by creation and enhancements of local and regional mutual aid plans   
  • Assistance to Fire Defense Board chiefs during initial attack, assessment of fire, and requests for conflagration if necessary  
  • Fire season readiness reviews   
  • Assistance in determining fire service gaps and needs   
  • Liaison with the emergency management community, ODF, and other state, tribal, and federal wildland fire partners

In addition, our office added capacity to our operations with statewide training, safety, and planning to support the OFMAS.

  

 

Pre-Positioning

Part of the Response Ready Oregon initiative is the ability for the OSFM to pre-position resources ahead of expected increased wildfire conditions, such as high winds, lightning, or hot weather. During the summer of 2021, the OSFM pre-positioned resources seven times.  

Immediate Response   

Immediate Response is another tool OSFM has at its disposal. This is an OSFM initiated mobilization of OFMAS resources to an active incident for short-term surge capacity outside an emergency conflagration. In 2021, the OSFM mobilized firefighters and apparatus to nine incidents to bolster initial response capacity.    

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Engine Program

OSFM is developing an engine program to purchase and strategically place new firefighting equipment across the state. The apparatus will be placed based on the gap analysis survey Oregon fire service agencies participated in late 2021. The responses collected represented nearly every fire defense board in the state. A specification committee was formed, comprised of a diverse group from fire agencies across the state. 

This program is a critical step in Oregon's response to devasting catastrophic wildfires witnessed over the last decade - in local response, regional mutual aid, and conflagrations. The program is currently funded at approximately $25 million.  

The OSFM is purchasing type 3, type 6, and tactical tenders intended to assist local host agencies with keeping fires small and away from communities. Host agencies will not be required to respond to statewide mobilizations, but are encouraged to, providing OSFM apparatus are used at the local and/or regional levels. 

All OSFM apparatus will come equipped per the 2022 Oregon fire service mobilization plan for response in the wildland-urban interface. This equipment will become the property of the host agency. Apparatus must maintain appropriate equipment based on type per the mobilization plan. The apparatus may be retrofitted or modified upon request to meet agency needs.

Engine Program Guidelines
Engine Program FAQ

For questions about the engine program, email EngineProgram@osp.oregon.gov.

March 2022 Listening and Understanding Session on Response

OSFM hosted various listening and understanding sessions for partnering agencies, members of the public, and Oregon's fire service.

Recording
Presentation

Contact

Mariah Rawlins
Emergency Response Services Division
3565 Trelstad Ave SE
Salem, OR 97317
oregon.sfm@osp.oregon.gov

Field Connections

OSFM Field Staffing Map

Helpful links

Emergency Mobilizations
Incident Management Teams (IMT)
Oregon Fire Mutual Aid System (OFMAS)