“We have the best training facility in the region,” Rhoades said. “We are blessed with what we have. I want a lot of traffic through Edmond.”
Rhoades started his career in 1992 as a firefighter at the Stillwater Fire Department, where he also was a lieutenant and training officer before he left the department in 2008.
“This is kind of a homecoming,” Rhoades said.
“I have always admired Edmond Fire Department and Edmond as a community.”
His wife, Brenda, is teaching at Cheyenne Middle School. They have two sons, J.T., 19, who plays baseball at Central Arizona College, and Carter, 13.
Rhoades said he can't wait to get a uniform of his own. Right now, he is wearing pants from a uniform at another department and a borrowed shirt.
He wants to order polo-style shirts for the firefighters as an alternative to wearing their current uniforms, something Rhoades said is trivial but will help to refine their uniforms.
“I don't consider anything out of bounds,” Rhoades said. “I do not think you should accept the status quo. We should lead the pack.”