Tulsa firefighter named new Rogers County emergency management director
BY RHETT MORGAN World Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
2/26/13 at 5:23 PM
CLAREMORE – Rogers County has hired a longtime Tulsa firefighter as its new emergency management director.
Scotty Stokes, 43, of Collinsville, is scheduled to begin his new job March 11, Rogers County Commissioner Mike Helm said. He will replace former emergency management director Bob Anderson, who was fired Jan. 2 for undisclosed reasons.
Stokes has been with the Tulsa Fire Department for more than 17 years, the past six as a captain.
“When the position came open and with all the experience I had, I thought it would be a great fit,” Stokes said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “That’s why I went for it.”
Soon after Anderson’s departure, Oologah-Talala Emergency Medical Services was named interim administrative agency for the county’s emergency management arm.
“The (fire) chief of Tulsa has done a great job training his people,” Helm said. “You have to be excited when you have leadership like that.”
Stokes, who has about 23 years experience as a firefighter and paramedic, will earn $43,000 at his new job, Helm said.
“I hope I can make some changes for the better for the citizens and better and continue with the protection that they’ve had,” Stokes said.
In 1999, he founded a nonprofit called the Oklahoma Firefighters Burn Camp, a summer camp for Oklahoma children who have sustained major burns and traumatic injuries causing major scarring, disfigurement and disabilities.
Held at Dry Gulch near Adair, the camp, for which he serves as director, plays host to nearly 65 burn victims annually.