Scott Burgess is a 35-year veteran of the Nashville Fire Department and is currently an engine company captain/paramedic. Additionally, he serves as an acting district chief and an acting special operations safety chief. On Christmas Day, Scott was an acting district chief and the first arriving chief officer on the bombing. He was the initial incident commander, and then transitioned to the operations section chief. For the next 2 operational periods, Scott served in various roles within the unified command. Scott became involved in Hazardous Materials in 1992. Currently he is a Hazardous Materials Specialist, and a ToxMedic. For the past 8 years he has taught at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, where he is a Lead Instructor/SME in the Hazardous Materials Division. Additionally, he is a biological response instructor for LSU NCBRT.