Scott Watson graduated from Humboldt State University with a BS in Forestry, with a specialization in Wildland Fire Management. He began his career as a Hotshot with the USFS. He moved to CalFire, where he started as a firefighter and progressed through the ranks to Battalion Chief. Chief Watson was a qualified Type I Operations Chief, Air Support Group Supervisor, and Helibase Manager and Helicopter Manager. He is a Certified Fire Officer, and Registered Fire Training Officer with the State of California. As an aerial firefighter, he has over twenty years in tactical helicopter operations. Chief Watson was awarded the prestigious “Order of California” from the California National Guard for his leadership in the Interagency Military Helicopter Firefighting Program and worked closely with the California Military Department as an Agency Aviation Military Liaison.
Scott retired from CalFire with more than 40 years of service to the field. He enjoys retirement with his wife and family in pursuit of his favorite outdoor activities. He stays busy teaching fire science and fire control classes part-time at Los Medanos College. In addition, he provides fire service training courses through State Fire Training and consulting services in wildland fire management, emergency planning, prescribed fire, and fuels mitigation.