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Dr. Scott Kerwood

Dr. Scott Kerwood

International Association of Fire Chiefs

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 were 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 (OSU), a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Public Administration, and a doctorate degree in Public Policy from Walden University. Scott is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s (NFA) Executive Fire Office Program, is a credentialed Chief Fire Officer, Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer, and Fire Marshal from the Center for Public Safety Excellence, 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 (SHS) 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 also currently is a member of the IFSTA Executive Board.

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 is blessed with a beautiful family that includes his wife Alissa, his son Ahrens (yes, like the fire truck!), and English Bulldog Lil’Mack. Scott and Alissa enjoy traveling, genealogy, and American Indian studies.