Mark Wallace was sworn in yesterday as Oregon State Fire Marshal in a small ceremony at the state capitol.
Oregon State Police Superintendent Chris Brown administered the oath of office making Wallace the 9th person appointed as Oregon's top fire official.
"Being Oregon's newest state fire marshal is a great honor for me," said Wallace. "I know I am taking charge of an agency with a great history and a great reputation among those in the Oregon fire service. My challenge is to continue this legacy and guide the agency to even greater heights. I look forward to serving the citizens of Oregon and members of the Oregon fire service."
Wallace was selected from a pool of qualified candidates to replace retired State Fire Marshal Randy Simpson.
Wallace is a 42 year fire service veteran and has worked in every functional position of the fire service. He spent his first 32 years of service in Colorado and the last 10 years in McKinney, Texas. He has been a fire chief since 1987, leading four fire departments prior to being selected as the Oregon State Fire Marshal.
Chief Wallace holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science Technology, a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree in Public Administration. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and has been designated as a Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Public Safety Excellence. He 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 courses in both the resident and field programs.
The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal employs a staff of 70, working in areas of community education, emergency planning and response, fire & life safety, inspection, investigation, fire code administration, juvenile firesetter intervention, licensing, permitting, and data gathering and analysis in furthering its mission to protect citizens, their property and the environment from fires and hazardous materials.