Capt Craig Freeman

Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal – Deputy State Fire Marshal



Deputy State Fire Marshal – Multiple District Openings


Beginning February 28, 2022, Oregon State Police, Office of State Fire Marshal will begin applications for the Deputy State Fire Marshal position, on a continuous basis. This means that you may apply at any time!

  • Applications received from February 28, 2022 through April 1, 2022 will be considered for the testing process beginning April 11, 2022.

  • Applications received from April 3, 2022 through May 1, 2022 will be considered for the testing process beginning May 9, 2022.

  • Applications received from May 3, 2022 through June 1, 2022 will be considered for the testing process beginning June 6, 2022.

The Oregon State Police, Office of State Fire Marshal is hiring for eleven (11) Full-Time, Permanent Deputy State Fire Marshal positions. Each position will be located in different districts within the state. These districts may change at a later date depending on operational needs. This recruitment may be extended or used to fill future vacancies and locations based on agency need and approval.

District 2 – Washington, Multnomah

District 3 – Clackamas

District 5 – Yamhill, Polk

District 10 – Douglas North

District 11 – South Douglas

District 12 – Curry

District 17 – Jefferson

District 18 – Hood River, Wasco, Sherman

District 19 – Gilliam, Morrow, Umatilla

District 21 – Harney, Grant

District 22 – Baker, Malheur

If you require an alternate format in order to complete the employment process, or to request a copy of the position description, please contact and reference REQ-88696, Deputy State Fire Marshal.

About the Program:

The Fire & Life Safety Division is mandated by law to perform duties to enhance fire and life safety for the citizens of Oregon. The Division directs and coordinates fire investigations, fire and life safety inspections, institutional occupancy fire prevention and Federal Medicare-Medicaid certification surveys.

The Division ensures compliance with fire and life safety standards for federal funding of health care facilities; State Fire Code adoption and maintenance; analyzing and recommending adoption of and modifications to the Oregon Structural Specialty, One- and two-family dwelling, and mechanical codes. Additional tasks of the Branch are code enforcement and consultation functions concerning the adequate egress from all public buildings to assure the protection of all places where large numbers of persons work, live or congregate.

The Division also leads the agency’s exempt jurisdictions program, developing and ensuring compliance with exemption rules and managing the program’s administrative functions.

What will you do?

You will oversee, coordinate and provide fire and life safety code interpretation and enforcement, fire cause investigation, and fire prevention education services in an assigned district. This position also responds to all large-scale hazard emergencies across the state as needed.  This position is a general service district deputy.

Minimum Qualifications:

Five years of full-time fire service experience. This must include two years of full-time code enforcement and one year of fire cause investigation.

An Associate degree in fire prevention, fire science or related fire service field may substitute for up to two years of the required experience but will not substitute for the three years of code enforcement and fire cause investigation experience.

A Bachelor’s degree in fire service administration or fire protection, fire science, or closely related fire service field may substitute for up to two years of the required experience but will not substitute for the three years of code enforcement and fire cause investigation experience.

To comply with OAR 837-039-0110, you must have:

  • An ICC Fire Inspector II Certification or ability to obtain certification within six months from date of employment.

  • An ICC Fire Plans Examiner Certification

Our top priorities during this public health crisis are employee health and the ability to meet our essential responsibilities. We are taking safety precautions while continuing our business operations in order to keep employees safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. The employee’s work is conducted on site during the training period. The successful candidate may be eligible to telework after this initial training period.

The State of Oregon requires all executive branch employees to complete their COVID-19 vaccination series or have an approved exception to the requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Successful candidates for this position must submit vaccination documentation or be approved for an exception prior to their first day of employment. Failure to provide proof of full documentation or receipt of an approved exception will lead to withdrawal of the job offer. For more information, visit our policy listed here.

Preferred Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to independently determine the needs of the assigned work area and determine a work schedule to address those needs.

  • Demonstrated ability to independently interpret and apply fire codes and fire laws to local jurisdictions and the community.

  • Demonstrated experience and ability to independently validate fire cause and origin determinations and ensure the integrity and legal significance of fire evidence.

  • Demonstrated high level, public speaking communication abilities in various complex environments.

  • Demonstrated leadership or fire officer experience as a collaborator and facilitator with programs, processes, and in emergency situations both independently and with a team.

  • Demonstrated ability in significant conflict resolution scenarios to produce successful outcomes while maintaining a professional demeanor.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully operate in both high stress and high responsibility environments.

  • Certified NFPA Fire Investigator or equivalent.

  • Certified NFPA Fire Inspector 1 or equivalent.

Special Qualifications:

  • Must possess a valid Driver License

How to Apply:

  • You must submit a resume demonstrating your experience as it relates to the minimum qualifications for the position.

  • In addition to a resume, you must submit a cover letter – no more than two pages in length – addressing how you meet the preferred skills for this position.

  • Failure to attach a resume addressing the minimum qualifications and a cover letter addressing the preferred skills will result in disqualification of your application.

  • Please submit these documents in either MS Word or PDF format.

  • Documents submitted in formats other than MS Word or PDF will not be reviewed and will result in disqualification of your application.

  • Please only attach documents that are requested in this posting. Any additional documents that are submitted at this stage, will not be reviewed.

Additional Information & Benefits:

The salary listed is the non-PERS (Public Employee Retirement System) qualifying salary range. If the successful candidate is PERS qualifying, the salary range will reflect an additional 6.95%. Please review the Classification and Compensation page for more details.

Prior to applying you should ensure all sections of your Workday Job History page is accurate and complete. This information is utilized during the pay equity analysis phase. Please monitor your Workday account, as communications will be sent to your Workday account. You may be asked to submit additional information after the initial application. If you would like to retain a copy of the job announcement, please print this page for your records. Once your application has been processed, you will no longer be able to review the announcement. Additionally, Workday will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity.

Eligible Veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans’ preference. For further information, please see the following website: Veterans Resources, or call Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs at: 1-800-692-9666. NOTE: If requesting Veterans’ preference, please be sure to check your Workday account for pending tasks or actions under your “My Applications” section.

OSP does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete I-9 documentation and confirm authorization to work in the United States. If your employment authorization and documentation is contingent on sponsorship now or in the future, you will not meet DAS employment eligibility standards.

This position is covered by an AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement. Current OSP AFSCME Local 896 and Local 3765 employees who meet the minimum qualifications of this position will be given preference in the selection process. Current OSP employees should refer to the Filling of Vacancies policy for additional information.

This recruitment announcement will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.

Helpful Links & Resources:

Learn more about OSP here. View our recruitment video here.

View our competitive benefits package.

Background screening information can be found here.

OSP does not offer Visa Sponsorship. To view information regarding work authorization and acceptable documents for verification, click here.

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The Oregon State Police is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer committed to Workforce Diversity and Inclusion. At Oregon State Police, our Mission is to serve the State of Oregon with a diverse workforce dedicated to the protection of people, property and natural resources. Our values are Honor, Loyalty, Dedication, Compassion and Integrity.

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