Lake Oswego Fire Department Training Officer Scott Carlson was awarded the 2019 Instructor of the year award from the Northwest Association of Fire Trainers on October 15, 2020. Scott has infused enthusiasm, innovation, and positivity to the Lake Oswego Fire Department Training Division. He has coined the motto “Keep Moving Forward” with the philosophy of “Coaching”. Scott brings over 21 years of experience in guiding our professionals in their professional development. Within his training calendar Scott provides a week off every month for members to conduct crew-based training and connect with him or other trainers to hone their skills. Approximately 19 years ago he began developing our Water Rescue Program literally from the ground up and today he is training all of our boat operators to the DPSST Rescue Boat Operator level.
“ No matter the situation either good or bad, Scott always makes you laugh and lightens the mood with his positive attitude” – Lt. Troy Waddell, D/E Ryan Rudge, FF Cody Grimm
As an Instructor, Scott has been accepted to the Oregon State Marine Board “Jet Boat” School. With this expertise he will bring an imperative knowledge base and skill set for our Rescue Boat Operators. He connects life experiences to the classroom developing and teaching his craft through a Water Rescue Command Workshop from the firefighter to Chief Officer. Scott in conjunction with the Clackamas County Water Rescue Consortium instructor group participates and instructs the local “Drift Boat School” teaching our members how to “read” the water with AMR and Washington County Sheriff. Scott has hit the road running developing several new programs within our Training Division such as reconfiguring our entire recruit academy. Stepping out of the traditional academy vision and has incorporated PEER Support, Connectivity with our Crews, and incorporated a larger EMS vision. Scott assigns a PEER Support member to our probationary firefighters and for their families throughout their entire first year. He has brought back the “Lost Art” skills such as: Hoisting tools with Ropes, utilizing sprinkler stops with a flowing sprinkler head, and ladder techniques for those unusual circumstances. He has enhanced our probationary requirements for promoted personnel into the positions of Driver/Engineer and Lieutenant instituting quarterly benchmarks of pumping, ladder truck operations, and scenarios with Battalion Chiefs. Understanding the importance of succession planning, Scott with our senior members developed a Driver/Engineer Academy implementing a standardized approach involving departmental Apparatus Managers, Lieutenants, Driver/Engineers, and Clackamas Fire District Shop personnel. He continues to take it to the next level as he has developed a new employee “Welcome” video and reformed our Training Center along with enhanced department wide terminology: Multi Unit Drill (MUD), Single Unit Drill (SUD), Hands on Training (HOT). In addition, he has developed a monthly “Rekindle” summarizing the monthly training highlights/lessons learned.
“T.O. Carlson leads Lake Oswego’s fire training with a strong knowledge base from his years of experience. He injects enthusiasm, creativity, excellent, and relevant content to the training ground that is much appreciated by his fellow firefighters.” – D/E Nathan Weikel
Scott believes in repetitive practical manipulative skills as our foundation bringing “Back to Basics” in hose deployment and Engine Company Operations. He has adapted the individual skill concepts combined with continued Team-Building. Scott develops his training program to be well rounded in the concepts of: EMS, Fire, Water Rescue, Truck and Engine Company Operations.
“Scott “Coach” Carlson draws the very best out of people. He is your biggest cheerleader, listens intently, shelters from distractions, gives the shirt off his back, and will also kick your backside in to gear (if needed). He truly cares about the people he works with and the job that he was tasked to do. Well done Coach. You deserve all the accolades given and are very much appreciated”. – FF Jeremy Quinby