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The OSFM Silver Sparky award
The OSFM Silver Sparky award
State Fire Marshal invites nominations for annual Sparky awards (Photo) - 02/13/18

The Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM) is accepting nominations for the 2018 Golden
and Silver Sparky awards. Nomination forms are available online on the OSFM website at http://www.oregon.gov/OSP/SFM/pages/index.aspx or by calling Sally Cravinho at 503-934-8205 or emailing sally.cravinho@state.or.us.

The Golden Sparky award recognizes a member of the fire service for outstanding achievement in fire prevention or public fire safety education. The Silver Sparky award recognizes a civilian for outstanding achievement in fire prevention or public fire safety education.

"Oregon has a great history of public service in fire safety," said Oregon State Fire Marshal Jim Walker. "We always want to recognize not only the importance of fire prevention and education, but also those who are committed to making a difference. While I know this is a busy time of year for everyone, this is a great opportunity to highlight the quality work being done in fire prevention."

You don't have to be a member of the fire service to nominate any person or agency. Nominations may be submitted by any member of the public.

The nomination deadline is February 23, 2018. Submit completed forms with an explanation and examples of your nominee's achievements and contributions to preventing fires and fire losses in Oregon. Send nominations via email or standard mail to sally.cravinho@state.or.us or Sally Cravinho, 3565 Trelstad Ave. SE, Salem, OR, 97317-9614. Awards will be presented at the 2018 Oregon Fire Marshal Conference in March.

Attached Media Files: The OSFM Silver Sparky award
Staff from ODF and the OSFM who attended the Critical Incident Management Course in Florida.
Staff from ODF and the OSFM who attended the Critical Incident Management Course in Florida.
Oregon fire managers receive advanced training for complex incidents ahead of this year's wildfire season (Photo) - 02/02/18

SALEM, Ore. -- Fire managers in Oregon will be better prepared to manage complex wildfires in the coming fire season thanks to additional training some received recently. The Oregon Department of Forestry, Oregon Office of Oregon State Fire Marshal, and Coos Forest Protective Association sent a combined group of seven employees to six days of complex incident management training sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters.

The Complex Incident Management Course (CMIC) is a national training program that addresses multi-jurisdictional and all-hazard issues, including wildfire, that confront state emergency responders.

The course trains people in command staff positions to function as qualified state incident management teams. These teams are able to assist their state forestry organizations and state emergency departments to manage the unique challenges of large or highly complex wildfires and other hazardous incidents.

The Oregon Department of Forestry's Eastern Oregon Area Director Travis Medema is on the Steering Committee for CIMC. "ODF has been involved in this training since it started more than 15 years ago. It is the highest level of training an individual can receive in how to be prepared to manage complex incidents, not only wildfires but a wide range of other hazards also," said Medema. "As part of the national system for wildfire protection, ODF works with partners throughout Oregon and around the country to manage wildfires. Advanced training at the national level is an investment Oregon is making to ensure we are as ready as possible to keep people and natural resources safe during wildfires and other hazardous incidents."

"For the first time, ODF and the OSFM sent a combined team to this very important training," said Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Mariana Ruiz-Temple. "Their experiences and relationships built during this training is what makes them successful in the field. The feedback our office received from the CIMC training staff was that our Oregon team operated at the highest level. I am proud of what this group accomplished and know that their lessons learned during this week of training will continue to protect natural resources and communities in Oregon."

Participants from OSFM were Incident Commander Ian Yocum, Operations Chief Alex Haven and Plans Section Chief Shane Wooten.

ODF sent four staff to the training -- Deanna Drinkwater from Lakeview, Jamie Knight from La Grande, Steve Wilson from Lyons and Brian Pew from Salem. Brett Weidmiller from the Coos Forest Protective Association in southwest Oregon also attended.
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