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Oregon State Police (OSP) Superintendent Chris Brown announced Wednesday the appointment of Mark Wallace as the next State Fire Marshal for the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM). Wallace, a 42-year fire service veteran from McKinney, TX, was appointed effective July 1st to replace Randy Simpson who retired at the end of 2010 following more than 33 years in the Oregon fire service.
Wallace recently retired from the McKinney Fire Department, where he served as Fire Chief since February 2001. He has served in every functional position within the fire service and teaches throughout the world focusing on strategic planning and organizational effectiveness.
“We are fortunate to be able to bring in someone with Mark’s background of experience, knowledge and leadership to guide the Office of State Fire Marshal in helping lead fire safety and hazardous materials safety in Oregon,” said Brown.
The author of Fire Department Strategic Planning: Creating Future Excellence, Wallace is also a FEMA-certified instructor of the Incident Command System and a former Lead Adjunct Instructor at the National Fire Academy teaching Fire and Arson Investigation in both the resident and field programs.
“I am honored to be selected as the new State Fire Marshal. This is an exciting opportunity and I look forward to meeting with, listening to and building relationships with Oregon's citizens and our fire service partners,” said Wallace.
Hope for Haiti
On April 24, team members from International Firefighters Assistance, Inc. (IFA) presented a fire apparatus along with appliances, nozzles ,bunker gear and tools to the newly founded Association of Haitian Volunteer Firefighters, compliments of the Waverly Iowa Volunteer Fire Department. To many in the U.S. fire service, this vehicle would not have been considered fit for a frontline unit or even part of a reserve fleet. However, to the Haitian firefighters this will be a lifeline for years to come. Currently, the vehicle is equipped with a generator, auxiliary lights, air chisels, rope bags, sledgehammers, pry tools, shovels, small hand tools, life jackets and emergency first aid kits. Over time, IFA anticipates the addition of foam, a port-a-power tool and/or hydraulic spreaders, which will be vital to extricate victims of car accidents and building collapse. This new Rescue Squad will function as the only Special Operations Unit for the nation of Haiti and will service nine million people wherever a disaster strikes.