Edmond selects new fire chief

Edmond city officials announced the hiring of Jake Rhoades as fire chief. He replaces Gil Harryman, who retired in June after serving the department for 35 years.
by Diana Baldwin Published: September 24, 2012
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Rhoades will earn $111,017 a year.

“My plan is simple: Be the hardest-working person in the city for citizens as well as the firefighters so that the fire department provides the level of service that is expected and deserved within the city of Edmond for many years to come,” he said.

Rhoades serves on the International Association of Fire Chiefs Safety, Health and Survival Section's board of directors. He is also a member of the National Fire Protection Association technical committee on risk management.

A graduate of Oklahoma Christian University, Rhoades has a master's of science degree in executive fire service leadership from Grand Canyon University. He is a graduate of the Nation Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and has obtained designations from the Center of Public Safety Excellence as both a chief fire officer and chief medical officer.

Edmond Fire Department operates five fire stations across the city's 90 square miles.


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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