J. Scott Thompson entered the fire service as a volunteer in 1981 and became a career firefighter in 1986. Over the course of his career, he has worked in operations and training with multiple progressive Texas fire departments including Plano, Arlington, Athens, Lake Cities, Lewisville, and The Colony, Texas, where he is currently chief of department. As fire chief, he has been actively involved in some of the biggest economic development projects in the state.
After starting his fire service training career in 1986, he continues to teach at the Fire Department Instructors Conference and the Texas A&M fire school. Scott has delivered programs across the country and authored numerous articles on firefighter rescue and survival, suburban tactics, command and control, training firefighters and fire officers, mentoring, organizational development, chosen organizational cultures, and leadership coaching.
In 1985, he earned a bachelors degree in emergency administration and disaster planning from North Texas State University. He is a certified public manager, Texas Master Firefighter, Instructor III—Master, and Hazardous Materials Technician.