Chief Scott was sworn in on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 as the 8th Chief in the department’s history. He began his firefighting career in Georgia with the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department in 1987, and moved up through the ranks to serve as the department’s Fire Training Chief. He has been honored to serve as Fire Chief of three Georgia Fire Departments, including Waycross, College Park, and Rockdale County, respectively. Chief Scott came to Suffolk after serving as the Assistant Fire Chief of Logistics for the City of Savannah, Georgia’s Bureau of Fire and Emergency Services.
Scott has an extensive educational background, with an AAS degree in Health: Paramedic Technology from Gordon College and an AAS degree in Fire Service Administration from Macon State College. He also has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Mercer University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wesleyan College. Chief Scott is a Paramedic and has been approved to the grade of Member in the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE) United States of America Branch, and has received the Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFOD). Additionally, he is a 2012 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. Chief Scott and his wife Lydia reside in Suffolk.