The Fire Marshal's Office leads the Fire Prevention Division.
Fire Marshal Steve Sylvester started with Stillwater Fire Department in 1992 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2006. He graduated from Perkins-Tryon High School and attended Northeastern State University. He also attended the National Fire Academy’s Command and Control for multi-alarm incidents and trained for situations including confined space, trench rescue, swift water rescue, ropes, fire service training inspections, auto extrication and instructor duties. He is a member of the Stillwater Firefighters Local 2095 and the International Firefighters Association.
Thomas Tharp is the Chief of Training for Stillwater Fire Department. Tharp has enjoyed serving the City of Stillwater and the surrounding community as a firefighter since July 2, 1998. Prior to beginning his career with Stillwater Fire, Tharp completed his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Oklahoma State University. Promoting his way from firefighter to Driver/Operator of Engine, to Fire Lieutenant, and then on October 13, 2016 promoting to his current position, Chief of Training. Some accomplishments while on the department include honor guard commander, IFSAC certification in inspections, hazardous materials technician, and board member of the OKPERI organization. In 2011, Tharp was awarded the Stillwater Firefighter/EMT of the year.
Thomas has attended the National Fire Academy in Maryland multiple times, attending classes that include public education, command/control, and fire investigation. Some duties with his current position include organizing and implementing training for the department, assisting with fire investigation, serving as safety officer for the department, and assisting command with incidents.
Content last reviewed 09.11.2020