Dr. Scott Kerwood

Fire Department

Dr. Scott Kerwood serves as the Fire Chief for Hutto Fire Rescue in Hutto, Texas and also works as an adjunct instructor for Capella University where he teaches Masters and Doctoral classes in homeland security, fire, and emergency management operations. 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 Waldon University. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's (NFA) Executive Fire Officer Program, is a credentialed chief fire officer, chief emergency medical services officer, and fire marshal from the Center for Public Safety Excellences, and is a designated Fellow in the Institution of Fire Engineers. Scott is a member of the Texas Fire Chiefs Association Executive Board and the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety, Health and Survival Section Executive Board. He also serves as the Principal member for the IAFC on NFPA 1500: Standard on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health Program.

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 IFSTA committees including: Fire Stream Practices, Pumping Apparatus Driver/Operator Handbook, Haz Mat, and Occupational Safety, Health, & Wellness. He currently serves as the Chair of the IFSTA Chief Officer validation committee.


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