Oregon Fire Service Office Administrators

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Renew Your Membership Today

It is once again time to renew membership with the Oregon Fire Service Office Administrators (OFSOA). Membership for OFSOA expires annually on June 30th. Please follow the instructions below to renew today!From www. ...

Release Date: 06/15/22


End of Year Message

Members,It’s quite hard to believe that it has been over a year since our organization has been able to gather as a group. Canceling both the Spring and Fall 2020 conferences was both the easiest and hardest decision to make. ...

Release Date: 12/23/20


Renew Your Membership Today

Membership renewal is in full swing and is now on-line.From www.ofsoa.com go to Members\Membership\Renewal Form or click this link. Log in (if you aren’t already)Fill in the form (please update incorrect or missing information)Hit the “Print this Page” (it is your Invoice) button at bottom of form. ...

Release Date: 06/05/20


2019 Post Conference Summary and Updates

Can you believe it has already been 3 months since we all converged at Bridgeport for the 2019 Fall conference? I know I certainly cannot. As a short recap, the fall conference was our most attended event to date. ...

Release Date: 01/21/20


Important Updates

A time for restructuring!At our 2019 3rd Quarter Board Meeting, the Board unanimously approved the creation of an Event Planning Committee. The Committee will be in charge of planning two events per year and will be in place by the 2019 Fall Conference. ...

Release Date: 08/26/19


Susan Shepard Receives OFDDA 2016 President's Award

Each year the Oregon Fire District Directors Association presents an award at the annual meeting to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the OFDDA. The 2016 President's Award was presented to OFSOA Past President Susan Shepard. ...

Release Date: 11/08/16


2016 Conference Summary

What a great conference we had in Ashland! Thank you Kimberley Summers for hosting it for us and thank you to all those that assisted her and sponsored this event.For those that were not able to attend, so sorry. ...

Release Date: 10/28/16


2016 WORKSHOP SUMMARY

Rising to the ChallengeOFSOA Workshop April 7-8, 2016Attendees found several opportunities to ‘Rise to the Challenge’ at this year’s OFSOA workshop.  Hosted by Olivia Houck and Sami Smith of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, the workshop proved to be another well crafted educational experience offering insight into the joys and pitfalls of social media, the mysteries of the PERS system, the intricacies of the grant application process, and tapping into the leadership skills residing in all of us—all this just on Day One!After a solid day of training, we gathered for an evening of dinner and fun at a local bowling alley. ...

Release Date: 07/20/16


2015 WORKSHOP SUMMARY

“Uncorking Your Potential” was the theme of this year’s workshop hosted by Newberg- McMinnville Fire Departments.  The workshop was actually at the Newberg Fire Department, hosted by Diane Nave and Donna Fleishman. ...

Release Date: 08/25/15


2014 FALL CONFERENCE SUMMARY

Another excellent conference this year held in beautiful Redmond, Oregon at the Eagle Crest Resort.  This year’s theme was “Charting the Course….It Starts With Us!”  The Conference Committee led by Jamie Vohs and Julie Spor did a super job……. ...

Release Date: 12/05/14


New OFSOA Procedure Manual

OFSOA Membership:The newly updated Procedure Manual has now been posted to the OFSOA Website Documents. This replaces the old Policy Manual and is intended for easier referencing. As this manual is a “work in progress” changes and updates will be made as they occur. ...

Release Date: 08/18/14


Spring Workshop Summary

What a super workshop in Lincoln City at the Taft Fire Station, hosted by North Lincoln Fire & Rescue! Everything was great….the speakers, the food, AND the weather!  Thank you to the Workshop Committee for all your hard work:  Lois Smith and KrieAnn Kudar, North Lincoln Fire and Phyllis Palmer, Depoe Bay Fire. ...

Release Date: 06/11/14


2013 Fall Conference Summary

What an excellent conference in Welches at The Resort at the Mountain! The facility was wonderful, the weather and scenery were gorgeous, and the speakers were terrific! Thank you to the Conference Committee; we so appreciate all their hard work and preparations; well done Susan Boyle and Stacey Dukes! The theme this year was “Continuing our Climb to Excellence” so each session was a lesson in excellence pertinent to Administrative Professionals in the fire service. ...

Release Date: 11/15/13


2013 Workshop Summary

This past April, we had a great workshop hosted by Seaside Fire and Rescue.  Unfortunately, two weeks prior to the workshop we lost a great sister, Karna Cupples, who passed away due to medical conditions associated with a heart attack. ...

Release Date: 07/24/13


2012 Workshop Summary

We recently held our spring workshop in Sisters and it was another great training opportunity! What a wonderful job our members are doing hosting these events! Our organization has such a vast skill base to draw from and I love to see our member’s creativity and enthusiasm in action. ...

Release Date: 05/10/12


Tidbits From Conference 2011

This year’s annual conference was held in Silverton at the beautiful Oregon Garden Resort which is adjacent to the Oregon Gardens.  Over 50 members attended the conference, with Thursday night’s banquet bringing in close to 70 members and guests who dined on sumptuous teriyaki salmon and mushroom chicken…including the “to die for” chocolate torte for dessert!Amy Anderson-Rice received the President’s Award and Ann Walker-Bierman was recognized with the Life Membership Award. ...

Release Date: 11/08/11


2011 Conference summary

OFSOA recently enjoyed another great conference!  Our co-chairs Deb Keehn and Tammy Robbins from Jefferson Fire District did a wonderful job treating all the attendees to a beautiful location and excellent teaching and networking. ...

Release Date: 11/03/11


Summary of Workshop in Roseburg

We recently held our 2011 spring workshop at the Roseburg Public Safety Center with Staff Assistant, Amy Anderson-Rice, as our host. What a beautiful facility and area to hold our workshop! Thank you to Amy, Chief Lane, and their staff for all the special treatment. ...

Release Date: 05/20/11


Summary of Conference 2010

It’s such a beautiful time of year with the trees changing their colors, the coolness in the air, and snow in the mountains; it's hard to believe fall and Thanksgiving season is upon us already!  When we take time to reflect, we really have a lot to be thankful for. ...

Release Date: 11/15/10


OFSOA 2010 Spring Workshop in Review

We recently had a great workshop hosted by Clackamas Fire Dept. #1. Thank you to Carrie Szabo and her crew for all their work to make it a powerful and enjoyable learning experience for all of us. Here is a brief summary of our sessions:The leadership session emphasized the traits of effective leaders: the need to be responsible and accountable, mistakes and errors to avoid, to seek wise counsel, and to be transparent. ...

Release Date: 05/28/10


Posted March 2010 Sixth Bugle

The March 2010 Sixth Bugle has been posted to the Newsletters page of our the website for your electronic reading enjoyment.Check it out for information on:Recenlty Elected BoardKris' StoryWorkshop FlyerOFSOA CommitteesCustomer ServiceErgonomicsSafegaurd DataHeart-Pride-CommitmentThe Sixth Bugle is the official OFSOA newsletter for members and is published Bi-annually. ...

Release Date: 03/10/10


OFSOA Changes Mailing Address

The new mailing address for OFSOA is:OFSOA1284 Court StreetSalem, OR 97301 ...

Release Date: 08/07/09


CCC to Waive Tuition for Dependents of Firefighters/EMT/Police Officers Who Die in the Line of Duty

For Immediate ReleaseChemeketa Community CollegeJuly 6, 2009 Contact: Greg Harris, 503-584-7153Chemeketa to Waive Tuition for Dependents of Firefighters/EMT/Police Officers Who Die in the Line of DutyChemeketa Community College will waive tuition in credit classes beginning fall term 2009 to the spouse and children of Oregon police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical providers who die in the line of duty. ...

Release Date: 07/15/09


Independent Contractor vs. Employee?

For more information check out IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2008-24 article.  This issue is a prominent factor in the IRS's audits and in case you missed the May 29th training in Portland it's a good refresher. ...

Release Date: 09/02/08


Updated Region Map

An updated Region Map has been posted to the Documents page of the website and the Member's Corner.  OFSOA Region Map ...

Release Date: 09/07/06