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New Superior Fire Chief Ready to Take the Helm

Brandon Weathers
Updated: September 16, 2019 06:14 PM

Scott Gordon's service with the Superior Fire Department spans 27 years. He's served the last 11 as a battalion chief.

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Chief Steve Panger said, "He's very, very seasoned in that role, that's why he was kind of front and center on the Husky fire."

"The success of that incident still is amazing to me," Gordon says, speaking of the Husky Refinery fire in 2017. "I still get questions on it every day on how in the world we put that big fire out, and it's pretty amazing that it was able to happen." 

Just a year and a half later, the Globe Elevator was engulfed in flames 150 feet high. Once again, Gordon represented the department as they fought a major fire, this one delivering $2.5 million in damage. Gordon will now carry the experience he's gained into the role of fire chief.

Gordon said, "I've learned a lot and I feel a responsibility to pass that information down. I've been doing that all through my career already, but now I definitely have that responsibility on paper."

Gordon has also pioneered education programs for the department. "Our paid for services program is involved in many of the educational pieces. It started with CPR and first aid and we've branched off into many things. We're on a mission to teach CPR, especially hands only, to every person in our community, and we're doing it one at a time."

Gordon has been in charge of the award winning 7th Grade Health and Safety Day for the last 4 years. He will no longer oversee the program directly, but he is confident that his successors will see that 7th Grade Health and Safety Day continues to be a success. 

"It's funny to think about when I coined that phrase I didn't think that we'd be talking about it like this this many years later," Gordon said. "We have confirmed we are going to do it this calendar year as well and I hope it to continue long beyond my tenure."

Chief Panger is confident that the Superior Fire Department will be left in good hands as he retires. "I'm excited for Scott and I'm excited for the department and what's in store for them," Panger said.

The transition will be effective October 1st.

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Brandon Weathers

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