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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

Rhoades would like to see the training center near Covell Road and Interstate 35 utilized more by Edmond firefighters and those from other departments.

“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.”

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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