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Edmond Fire Department has new chief

Jake Rhoades joined the Edmond Fire Department Oct. 22. He replaces longtime fire chief Gil Harryman.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: November 12, 2012 at 11:46 pm •  Published: November 13, 2012

Edmond's new fire chief, Jake Rhoades, who has been with the city's fire department for three weeks, said he doesn't mind pushing the envelope.

“We have an opportunity to work outside the box,” said Rhoades, 42.

Rhoades succeeds Gil Harryman, who retired June 29. Harryman had been fire chief since August 2001.

Changes at the Edmond Fire Department could be coming, but for now Rhoades is seeing what works and doesn't.

“I am figuring out the hows and whys,” Rhoades said.

One of his goals is for the department to become accredited through the Center for Public Safety.

“The accreditation shows we are constantly improving and moving forward,” Rhoades said.

The application process will take a couple of years to complete. Rhoades anticipates starting work on the application by next summer.

The Edmond Fire Department is approved for 122 firefighters, but there are 105 on the job this month. There also are four others who work for the department.

White fire vehicles will be a thing of the past in Edmond. The color is changing to red when it's time to replace the old ones.

Early impressions

Rhoades, who had been deputy fire chief at Rogers Fire Department in Arkansas since 2009, said he is impressed with the department's training facility. He said the closest facility that would match Edmond's is in Dallas.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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