Tulsa firefighter to be Rogers County's new emergency chief
BY RHETT MORGAN World Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
2/27/13 at 3:29 AM
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 succeed Bob Anderson, who was fired Jan. 2 for undisclosed reasons.
Stokes has worked for 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," he said 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."
Twenty-five people applied for the Rogers County job, seven of whom were interviewed, Helms said.
Stokes, who has about 23 years' experience as a firefighter and paramedic, will be paid $43,000 a year.
"I hope I can make some changes for the better for the citizens and better and continue with the protection that they've had," he said.
In 1999, Stokes founded a nonprofit group called the Oklahoma Firefighters Burn Camp, a summer camp for Oklahoma children who have suffered major burns and traumatic injuries causing major scarring, disfigurement and disabilities.
Held at Dry Gulch near Adair, the camp, for which he is the director, hosts nearly 65 children annually.
Stokes also is the executive director of the Oklahoma Firefighters Burn Foundation, which serves state burn survivors with in-hospital assistance and college scholarships.
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Scotty Stokes: He has worked for the Tulsa Fire Department for more than 17 years, the past six as a captain. He is scheduled to begin his new job as Rogers County's emergency management director March 11. He will succeed Bob Anderson, who was fired Jan. 2 for undisclosed reasons.