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Broken Arrow Fire Chief Announces Resignation from Position

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Broken Arrow's fire chief announced Monday morning that he would be stepping down from his position early next month.

Fire Chief Jeff VanDolah submitted his resignation Monday to take a position in the private sector. He's been in his current role since April of last year.

"In Jeff's short time as chief, he has made a significant and positive impact on the fire service and others at the city," City Manager Thom Moton said. "I will miss his reasoned approach to problem solving, fire service expertise and wonderful personality."

In the release about his resignation, VanDolah thanked the fire department, city administration and city council for their support and dedication that "moved our organization forward in such a short amount of time."

In his two years as fire chief, VanDolah hired 24 new members and supervised the construction of Station No. 2, as well as a five-story drill tower at the public safety training center. His other achievements include:

   - Selection of an assistant fire chief

   - Successful ISO audit that allowed the city to retain a "2" rating

   - Installation of mobile data computers in all fire department apparatus

   - Established Broken Arrow's first written mutual aid agreement with the City of Tulsa Fire Department

According to the release, VanDolah is a current board member of the Oklahoma Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators and an instructor at both the National Fire Academy and Tulsa Community College.

VanDolah will resign his post effective April 19.

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