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City of Norman Announces New Fire Chief

After an extensive search, Norman City Manager Steve Lewis announces the appointment of Travis King as Norman’s new fire chief and emergency manager. King currently serves as Acting Deputy Chief for the Norman Fire Department. King will assume his duties as fire chief Friday and will lead a department that includes 9 fire stations, 163 positions and an annual operating budget of $18.7 million.

"With his twenty years of experience with the Norman Fire Department, Travis King is highly qualified for this position and will be a great asset to the Norman community,” said Lewis. “Travis has been an incident commander on some of the largest fire and emergency incidents in our city’s history. He has proven his leadership under pressure.”

King said he is “honored and humbled by the opportunity” and is grateful to be appointed as Norman’s new fire chief. “The Norman fire department is committed to delivering quality services to the community and I am dedicated to leading that effort,” King added.

King has served in a variety of assignments with the Norman Fire Department, including assistant chief, shift commander, incident commander during the Cleveland County fire storm in 2012 as well as a member of the Region 6 Hazardous Materials Response Team since 2003.

Contributing to King's qualifications is his educational background. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Responder Administration from Oklahoma State University where he was recognized on the President’s List of Distinguished Students. King also completed the Oklahoma Executive Fire Officer Leadership program at Oklahoma State University and several emergency management courses though Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute.

King is active within community, serving as a big brother in Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Norman, and has served as a Career Exploration Education Advisory Committee member with the Moore-Norman Technology Center.

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