Chief Gary Sparks

Chief Sparks begin working for the City of Oxford at the fire station when he was 15 years old.  Chief Sparks worked for Chief Dewey Webb washing trucks, cleaning the station and other jobs around the station.  In 1983, Chief Webb approached Chief Sparks about becoming a member of the volunteer force and on May 12, 1983, he became an official member of the Oxford Volunteer Fire Department.

On February 13, 1987, Chief Sparks became a full-time member of the Anniston Fire Department.  Chief Sparks rose through the ranks at Anniston and was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief on January 3, 2003.  Chief Sparks retired after 20 years of service with the Anniston Fire Department on February 13, 2007.

On March 3, 2007, Chief Sparks became the full-time Fire Chief for the City of Oxford.  Chief Sparks replaced Chief Eugene Smallwood who retired on March 2, 2007.
Chief Sparks is involved in several civic organizations in his community. He is currently serving on the Alabama Joint Fire Council and as Vice-Chairman to the Alabama Firefighters' Personnel Standards & Education Commission. He is a Past President of the Alabama Fire Chief’s Association and was voted the 2015 Alabama Fire Chief of the Year.

Assistant Chief Ben Stewart

Ben Stewart is the Assistant Chief of Oxford Fire Department. He has been serving the City of Oxford for over 25 years starting out as a volunteer firefighter in December of 1993, then becoming a part-time firefighter for a number of years while also working at a local company as a Health, Safety, and Environmental Specialist.

He began serving as a full-time firefighter in April of 2007. Over the years he has attained many certifications that have furthered his career with the city. Assistant Chief Stewart is heavily involved in the city by serving on boards such as the Main Street Board and Oxford Healthcare Authority, which has led to many projects being completed to better our community. He is also a member of both statewide and regional organizations; such as the Alabama Fire Chiefs Membership Committee and the East Central Alabama Training Association.

Ben is proud to call Oxford his home, and constantly wants to serve this amazing city.

Jan Hayes
Administrative Assistant to Chief Sparks
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Meaghen Sparks
Administrative Assistant to Assistant Chief Stewart
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The Oxford Fire Department operates out of 6 stations with 44 full-time firefighters, 8 part-time firefighters, and 9 volunteer firefighters and covers approximately 33 square miles and 21 miles of interstate.  The fire department is a highly trained department.  The Oxford Fire Department currently has a "Class 3" ISO rating and responds to over 1500 calls per year.

Administrative Staff
Fire Chief Gary Sparks
Assistant Fire Chief Ben Stewart
Assistant Fire Chief Donald Heard
Battalion Chief Kyle Macoy - EMS Division
Lieutenant Rodney Ball - Fire Prevention and Inspection Division
Captain Brandon Slick - Training Division
Chaplin Chris Spurlin
Chaplin Harold Feazell (Volunteer FF)

Jan Hayes - Administrative Assistant to Chief Sparks
Meaghen Sparks - Administrative Assistant to Assistant Chief Stewart

The Oxford Fire Department is split into three different shifts with each firefighter working 24 hour shifts every 3rd day.

Battalion Chief Curtis Cupp
Captain Michael Walsh
Lieutenant Emmitt Shake
Lieutenant Bruce Rollins
FF. Patrick McRee
FF. Zach Osborne
FF. Jonathan Gaines
FF. Trey Arnold
FF. Peyton Vaughn
FF. Adam Johnson
FF. Eric Chapman
FF. Cole Macoy
FF. Bailey Brothers

Battalion Chief Stephen Muncher
Captain Chad Gilchrist
Lieutenant Caylon Reaves
Lieutenant Gerald Hovater
FF. Wesley List
FF. Gerald Cates
FF. Jared Perry
FF. Eric Lamons
FF. Eric Jarvis
FF. Milas Jackson
FF. Cole Herren
FF. Donovan Popp
FF. Justin Bryant

Battalion Chief Donnie Adams
Captain Jonathan Roberts
Lieutenant Clint Cochran
Lieutenant Kyle Benson
FF. Nicholas Cox
FF. Madison Mintz
FF. Shane Calvert
FF. Trey Forbus
FF. Ethan Borchard
FF. Jordan Haynes
FF. Trent Houck
FF. Max Cupp
FF. Kaleb Crosby


Part-Time Fire Fighters
FF. Dan Futral
FF. Tate Adams
FF. Hannah Rhodes
FF. Jeremy Lee
FF. Wesley Sparks
FF. Blake Curry
FF. Greg Jones
FF. Chris Mitchell

Volunteer Fire Fighters
Lieutenant John Clark
Sergeant Bill Dempsey
FF. Jason Bedford
FF. Alex Skelton
FF. Blake Nowland
FF. Michael Spurlin
FF. Robert Sparks 

Wayne Lancaster

Emergency Medical Services

Battalion Chief Kyle Macoy

Chief Macoy started his career in the medical service at the Oxford Rescue Squad here in Oxford Alabama.  Today, Kyle has accumulated more than 30 years of public service to the City of Oxford.  Chief Macoy developed the EMS division of the Oxford Fire Department and has helped to equip the frontline engines with Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) capabilities. Chief Macoy, together with Captain Brandon Slick, help to ensure our firefighters have the appropriate training and are able to obtain their EMT or Paramedic License if desired. 

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Lieutenant Rodney Ball
Inspection Division Officer

Lieutenant Ball has over 35 years in the fire service, during this time Lt Ball has traveled to New Mexico, Las Vegas, Texas, and Maryland for specialty training. He has his CTE and has taught the Fire Education program at Anniston Fire Department, has been an adjunct instructor for the Alabama Fire College Apparatus Division, taught the Center for Domestic Preparedness and TERK Division Hazmat course. Lt Ball brings a wealth of knowledge to the department.  Whether it is fire code knowledge, pumping, ground, or hazmat operations Lt Ball has helped numerous firefighters build the foundation needed to excel in the fire industry.  

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Captain Brandon Slick
Training Division Officer

Captain Slick has been a paramedic and firefighter for over 10 years, the last 8 has been serving the City of Oxford. He is responsible for preparing training courses and outlines for fire department personnel to maintain their annual Firefighter and EMT certifications. Captain Slick helps ensure the Oxford Fire Department maintains an excellent ISO rating by providing continuous training for the department. He also teaches our annual Fire Fighter Bridge Recruit Program during the summer and our annual EMT classes during the Fall and Spring. These classes allow aspiring firefighters and current firefighters to further their careers and skills. In addition to these classes and programs Captain Slick is a certified CPR instructor. 

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