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Friday, February 26, 2016

Firewise Train-the-Trainer Course @ the Clearwater Fire Academy - March 19th and 20th, 2016

Destructive wildfires affect virtually every part of the U.S. Last year Idaho saw devastating fires where many homes were lost.  There are simple and often inexpensive ways to make homes safer from wildfire. This Train-The-Trainer class will provide you with a good understanding of wildfire hazards and mitigation strategies that homeowners can effectively use to lower the wildfire risk and losses to their homes. After this class your department will be able to perform home ignition zone hazard assessments and teach communities on how to become a Firewise Community. This class is tailored towards fire department Chiefs, Captains, prevention personnel and community planners.

Gary Marshall began his Firefighter career during the summer of 1977 as a seasonal paid firefighter.  Marshall retired from his full time career position in 2012 for the City of Bend, Oregon as their Deputy Fire Chief and Fire Marshal ending his 35 year fire service career.
Marshall is very active in statewide fire prevention committees and organizations. Some of the positions he held during his career were: President of the Central Oregon Firefighters Association; President of the Oregon Fire Marshals Association; Chair of the Central Oregon Fire Prevention Cooperative; Executive Board Chair for Keep Oregon Green; Marshall was honored with two 3-year term appointments by two Oregon Governor’s on their Fire Service Policy Council and was Chair of the Council during his last term. 

Currently, Marshall is involved with these Oregon wildfire mitigation programs:
National Fire Protection Association Firewise Communities USA program, Deschutes County “FireFree” program, Oregon Senate Bill 360 Classification Committee and appointment to Deschutes County Project Wildfire member now a “Fire Adapted Community”.

Marshall is the recipient of the National “Bronze Smokey Bear” award for his efforts to protect communities from wildfire, and the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s prestigious “Golden Sparky” award for his local and state fire prevention programs.

Marshall recently finished his tenure as the Regional Firewise Advisor for Alaska, Nebraska, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wyoming. 

Currently Marshall is a fire safety consultant and employed as the Community Risk and Fire Safety Manager for the Sisters-Camp Sherman Fire District.  When he is not in the office he is on the road as one of the four national instructors teaching NFPA’s “Assessing Residential Wildfire Hazards in the Home Ignition Zone” classes to fire service professionals and other community leaders