Citizen's Spotlight: Rick Scott - Fire Chief of The City of Clarksburg, WV

Name: Richard “Rick” Scott

Occupation:  Fire Chief of the City of Clarksburg, WV

Age: 52

Wife: Darlene Scott

Years as a firefighter: 36 – He began as a volunteer with Lumberport Fire Department in 1974 at 15 years old and has been employed by the Clarksburg Fire Department since 1987.

Hobbies:  Riding his 2003 Harley Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic with his wife, Darlene, and their dog, Tia (they both ride with him).

What are your plans when you retire? He will be getting more involved in his church and other community activities.   Currently, Rick is a Fire Service and Rescue Instructor for WVU and RESA VII so he will continue staying involved with teaching emergency services, riding his motorcycle, spending time with his wife, Darlene, and taking his dog for walks. 

What is the most difficult part of being Fire Chief?  There is never a day off.  He has four stations and 42 firefighters covering 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.  Emergencies do not take a holiday and no matter what happens when people call 911, firefighters still have to be there. Firefighters don’t have the luxury of waiting until they finish fighting one fire, if another one has started.

What is the most unique incident you’ve encountered?  It’s difficult to identify the “most unique” incident because he has responded thousands of calls and they all seem unique.  He’s experienced very sad calls that involved death, to delivering a baby, and odd animal rescue calls.  In fact, they recently had to rescue a dog off the side of an 80 foot cliff.  They have even rescued a deer out of a pool.

What qualities of your parents influenced you the most?  His strong work ethic was inherited from his father while his mother taught him manners and kindness towards others.

Is there someone other than your parents that had a significant impact on your life?  Rick’s father sadly passed way in 1979 but his neighbors, Joe and Betty Hall, became Rick’s second set of parents. 

What is the biggest risk you see facing people today?  Drugs and alcohol are, without question, the biggest issue facing everyone today.  They have a call come in every single day involving something that stemmed from drugs or alcohol. 

What advice would you give our readers? Life is fragile.  He is reminded how fragile it is every day in his line of work, so be happy and just enjoy it.