Dr. Scott Kerwood

Fire Department

Scott Kerwood is a student of the fire service. He currently serves as the Fire Chief for Hutto Fire Rescue in Hutto, Texas. He also works as an adjunct instructor for Capella University where he teaches Masters and Doctoral classes in homeland security, fire, and emergency management operations, and serves as an adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program. Scott has a bachelor’s degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University, a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Public Administration, and a doctorate degree in Public Policy from Walden University. Scott is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Office Program, is a credentialed chief fire officer, chief emergency medical services officer, fire marshal from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, and is a designated Fellow in the Institution of Fire Engineers. Scott is Chair of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety, Health and Survival Section Executive Board, past Executive Board member of the Texas Fire Chiefs Association, and past President of the IFE-USA Branch. He also serves as the Principal member for the IAFC on NFPA 1500: Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program. Scott is currently a member of the IFSTA Executive Board, being first elected in 2013 and then re-elected in 2016 and 2019.

Scott began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter in 1978. He has worked in various locations with various fire departments, served in many fire department roles, has taught for several different organizations and colleges including the NFA, and serves on several fire service professional organizations. Scott has been involved with the IFSTA family since 1982 and has participated as chair/delegate on many committees, including: Fire Stream Practices, Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, Hazardous Materials, Occupational Safety, and Chief Officer.

Scott is blessed with a beautiful family that includes his wife Alissa, his son Ahrens (yes, like the fire truck!) and daughter-in-law, and English Bulldog Big Ben (Benny). Scott and Alissa enjoy traveling, genealogy, and American Indian studies.


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