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  • Murrieta, CA
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More Than Wild Hogs - Rest in Peace, Malibu

The Axemen lost another brother.A few months ago, I shared a post about the importance of maintaining some kind of balance between the rigors of being a firefighter and whatever else it takes to put a smile on your face. Such a conversation usually starts with family, extends to a few golf strokes, an annual vacation, or maybe just hanging out with a pack of buddies at the local McDonalds, telling lies about the good ‘ole days.At the time, David (Professor) and I were fresh off of a 5,849-mile…See More
Jun 15

Profile Information

Lives in:
Murrieta
Department:
Murrieta Fire & Rescue
Title/rank:
Fire Chief
Years of public service:
35
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Accreditation
Career Development
Response/Deployment Alternatives
Professional Qualifications:
35 years in the fire service
10 years as a Fire Chief (three departments)
BS Liberal Studies, emphasis on business
MA Management Psychology
EFO, CFO, Harvard Senior Executive Alumni
Topics you provide training for:
Leadership
Personnel management
Strategic planning
Mental health
Areas of expertise:
Operations
Training
Leadership
Personnel management
Strategic planning
Bio:
As part of three generations of firefighters, Chief Scott Ferguson has been a member of the fire service for 35 years; and, has been a Fire chief of just over 10 years, with stops in in Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica, before landing in Murrieta, California 2015.

Chief Ferguson earned his Fire Science Diploma from Bates Vocational Technical Institute in Tacoma, Washington and his AAS in Business Administration from Clark Community College. He also received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies from Eastern Oregon University and his Master’s Degree in Management Psychology from Wayland Baptist University in 2005. He has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, is an accredited Chief Fire Officer (CFO), and completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Program in 2012.

Chief Ferguson is a past president of the Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs Association and the Riverside County Fire Chief’s Associations. Chief Ferguson s active in his community, has sat on a number of boards and commissions, and is a frequent trainer and guest speaker.

Scott Ferguson's Blog

More Than Wild Hogs - Rest in Peace, Malibu

The Axemen lost another brother.

A few months ago, I shared a post about the importance of maintaining some kind of balance between the rigors of being a firefighter and whatever else it takes to put a smile on your face. Such a conversation usually starts with family, extends to a few golf strokes, an annual vacation, or maybe just hanging out with a pack of buddies at the local McDonalds, telling lies about the good ‘ole days.

At the time, David (Professor) and I were fresh…

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Posted on June 15, 2019 at 12:00pm

It’s Time to Redefine What it Means to Be Strong AXEMEN: Finding Blue Skies

If the ingredients necessary for a firefighter to maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit were listed on the side of a box full of answers, the words “maintain balance” would be underscored and printed in bold letters. The recipe would likely include a trusted employee assistance program (EAP), mentors, confidants, training, a relevant book list, and lots of prayer. Regardless of the rations, by some measure, the heart of a successful outcome would have to…

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Posted on September 22, 2018 at 9:30am

Keep Talking - I’m Analyzing You

So, what exactly does a firefighter look like? How should they act? What skills should they be able to master? How big and strong should they be? Are firefighters supposed to be more mechanically inclined or fluid with their words? Should they be creative or analytical? Is it essential that they be self-aware or is it more important that they are interpersonal? Are they nimble minded and quick to reply, or do they process information more slowly before providing a response?



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Posted on July 3, 2018 at 10:22pm

The Sign Says “Rerack Your Weights”

Not every post has to be deep; some just require common sense.

While working out at the local gym a few weeks ago, I noticed a young woman walking around wiping down equipment, stripping weights, and putting away dumbbells that were left scattered around from the night…

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Posted on June 26, 2018 at 10:30am

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