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 Deputy Fire Marshal 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. Tharp has promoted his way from Firefighter to Driver/Operator, to Fire Lieutenant. Most recently he has promoted from Chief of Training to the current position of Deputy Fire Marshal. Some accomplishments while on the Department include Honor Guard Commander, IFSAC certification in Inspections, Instructor II, and Hazardous Materials Technician.
In 2011, Tharp was awarded the Stillwater Firefighter/EMT of the year. He has attended the National Fire Academy in Maryland multiple times attending classes that include: Public Education, Command/Control, Fire Investigation, Executive Chief Officer, and Training Program Management. Duties with his current position include public education, fire investigation, and code enforcement.
Immediate family members: Wife- Melinda, Daughters- Molly and Macy.
Content last reviewed 04.16.2021