Oak Ridge Fire Department Station 4 Dedication!
On April 9, 2019, Oak Ridge City Council passed RESOLUTION NO. 4-29-2019, which named Oak Ridge Fire Station #4 in honor of Dr. Thomas Howard Scott. Tom Scott, as he is known by his friends and firefighters, was born on October 8, 1932, in Florence, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Auburn in 1954 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He then served his three-year active duty requirement as a Navy ROTC Scholarship recipient aboard a United States Navy destroyer and traveled around the world from 1954 – 1955. This provided him an opportunity to visit many international fire departments such as Honolulu, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Hong Kong, Manila, Rio de Janeiro, Havana, and Cape Town. Upon completion of his military obligation, Tom returned to Auburn University to complete his Master’s Degree in Nuclear Science. Next came a position with the United States Atomic Energy Commission at the Nuclear Reactor Testing Station in Idaho Falls. Tom later spent three years at the University of Florida where he completed his PhD in Nuclear Engineering. He was then assigned to the Savannah River Nuclear Site in Aiken, South Carolina, from 1966 until 1973. While in Aiken, he joined the Aiken Fire Department and was designated an Honorary Life Member when he moved to Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Scott came to Oak Ridge in 1976 to work on the development of the gas centrifuge process for enriching Uranium. While working in Oak Ridge, Tom originally acted as an auxiliary firefighter for the department. In 1990, the Oak Ridge Fire Department (ORFD) responded to a large structure fire on W. Outer Dr. where he was on the scene and took pictures of the fire in progress. When Fire Chief William “Bo” Harris saw the pictures, he decided the ORFD needed to have an on-site photographer at all incidents to document the fires for training, media, and historical preservation. He asked Tom to become the department photographer. After retiring from the United States Department of Energy, Dr. Scott taught nuclear engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus for ten years. Over the past 28 years, Dr. Tom Scott has responded and taken pictures at almost every structure fire in the City. Through a Memorandum of Agreement, Dr. Scott became the only volunteer member of the Oak Ridge Fire Department, where he continues to serve today as the official photographer and department historian. Dr. Scott also maintains a Fire Museum at his home in Oak Ridge. In the museum, one will find three fire engines, an assortment of antique equipment, and an operating GameWell Fire Alarm system. Over the years, hundreds of children and firefighters have visited his home to tour the museum, ride on the fire engines, read the fire service publications and books, and ring the GameWell alarm bells. In 1998, he was named ORFD Member of the Year. In the summer of 2018, The Society for the Preservation and Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA) recognized Dr. Tom Scott for his 45-years of service to the organization where he authored more than 178 consecutive articles on firefighting for their national publication Enjine! – Enjine! which is published quarterly. In 2016, the Oak Ridge Firefighter’s Association named their annual ball the “Tom Scott Firefighters Ball.” In the Station Training and History Room, one can see many of Dr. Scott’s antique pieces of fire alarm equipment and fire publications. Tom has been a member of FUMC since 1973.