Administration Office

SFD Administration Office

The Administration Office serves as the Stillwater Fire Department's headquarters from which primary coordination and oversight of all programs and services occur. The department, which is comprised of Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical, Hazardous Materials and Fire Prevention Division, is overseen by the fire chief.

Chief Terry Essary

Photo of C. Shift Battalion Chief Terry Essary

Terry started his career with Stillwater Fire Dept. in the fall of 1997.  He promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2006, during that time he became a Nationally Registered Paramedic, and a PEER fitness instructor.  He promoted to the rank of Captain in 2009, and served as a member of the Stillwater Police Department’s Special Operations team.  

Terry has served as Battalion Chief since 2012, and during this time he has completed the first cohort of the Oklahoma Executive Fire Officer Leadership Program, City of Stillwater Leadership Academy, Oklahoma Municipal League’s Citizen Academy for Leadership, and has earned the Chief Fire Officer Designation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.  Terry has also attended multiple courses at the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg Maryland, the Emergency Management Institute in Anniston Alabama, and New Mexico Tech in Deming New Mexico. 

He is currently a member of the local board of big brothers big sisters, and also serves on Stillwater Public School Districts wellness and nutrition committee. 

He is married to Amber Essary, who is a lead technologist at Stillwater Medical Center, and has a son, Taylor, and two daughters, Aspen and Timber.  

Fire Marshal Steve Sylvester

The Fire Marshal's Office leads the Fire Prevention Division.

Fire Marshall Steve Sylvester

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.

Deputy Fire Marshall Thomas Tharp

Deputy Fire Marshall Thomas Tharp

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.


Chief of Training James Holly

The Training Division is supported by instructors specializing in fire services, EMS services, fitness, handling/storage of hazardous materials, and special operations rescue. 

Contact Information

Emergency Calls To report a fire or emergency, call 9.1.1
Administration Office 405.742.8308
Mailing Address

1510 S. Main St.

Stillwater, OK 74074

Office Location 1510 S. Main St.

Content last reviewed 04.16.2021