Chief Scott Williams moved to Orcas Island in the summer of 2013 after being offered a position as a fire officer and paramedic. He has been a firefighter and paramedic for over 15 years. Prior to moving to Orcas, Williams worked for fire departments in Montana and Florida, serving urban and rural communities.
Williams has always had a passion for medical-related work. During his paramedicine training, he was introduced to the Fire Service while performing clinical studies on an ambulance run by a fire department. Responding to medical, fire, and rescue related incidents and seeing his preceptors perform all aspects of scene management and patient care made an impact.
“… it made sense… there is efficiency and continuity in responding as a team and having the ability to perform the actions needed to remove someone from a life-threatening situation and provide emergency medical treatment…”
After completing his paramedic and firefighter training, Williams has continuously worked for FIRE/EMS based agencies and hasn’t looked back. “Working for a fire department just fit… I really see the value in an agency that performs both medical and fire.”
During his initial time with OIFR Williams performed both operational and administrative duties and became involved in local community groups which support the medical community on Orcas. During a transitional period in the OIFR Administration, Williams took on the role of Acting Fire Chief and was later hired as Fire Chief.
As for the position of fire chief, Williams is not letting it go to his head. “I want to make sure things go well,” said Williams. “It’s a great opportunity to support the department and be a part of the TEAM. I also enjoy supporting our efforts to serve the community and having a role in making a good future for Orcas Island Fire and Rescue.”
Assistant Chief Bob Nutt first moved to Orcas Island in the Summer of 1989 and joined Orcas Island Fire and Rescue as a Firefighter in 1992 – also training in Wildland and serving as an original Rescue member with the department. He furthered his dedication to OIFR in 1997 when he trained to become an EMT.
Over the years Chief Nutt moved up the ladder, taking on the role of Lieutenant before becoming Captain for over two decades. After 27 years of devotion to serving our community, Nutt was appointed as volunteer Assistant Chief in early 2020.
Nutt owns and operates Warm Valley Orchard where he has farmed with his wife, Maria, since 1990, and spent many island years at local schools teaching, groundskeeping and coaching high school golf.
In addition to serving with OIFR, Nutt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Utah State University and has applied it to his work in petroleum exploration and as a mineral geologist throughout many of the western states.
When asked why he serves, Nutt offered, “It is the best way to give back to the community. I really enjoy helping my neighbors.”