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Posted by Transylvania County on July 29, 2022



BREVARD, NC – Scott Justus, Deputy Fire Marshal for Transylvania County has been selected as the next Fire Marshal.

Justus, a native of Henderson County, attended East Henderson High School. He continued his education and pursued his interest in fire and rescue through studies with the NC Office of State Fire Marshal, Alabama Fire College, and Blue Ridge Community College, and received his bachelor's degree in Emergency Management at Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa.

Mr. Justus's interest in fire service began in 1993 when he joined Valley Hill Fire Department as a junior fireman at the age of 15. He has served in many volunteer capacities with the Henderson County Rescue Squad, Connestee Fire Department. and Mills River Fire Department and is currently a member of Etowah-Horse Shoe Fire Department.

Scott's career in fire and rescue includes roles with the City of Hendersonville, Henderson County Fire Marshal's Office, and most currently with the Transylvania County Fire Marshal's Office. Scott is North Carolina certified as a Fire Arson Investigator, Fire Investigator Technician, Fire & Life Safety Educator III, and Level II Fire Instructor. He is also nationally certified as a Fire Investigator.

David McNeill, Assistant County Manager said, "We are extremely excited to announce the hiring of Scott Justus for the role of Fire Marshal. Scott has been a great asset to the Fire Marshal's Office in his current role as Deputy Fire Marshal and we are confident he has the right combination of fire services and experience to lead the Fire Marshal's office to future success."

When asked about this new role, Justus said, "I would like to express my appreciation to my predecessor, Fire Marshal Gerald Grose for the past 6 years serving as the Deputy Fire Marshal. The professional and personal friendship will last a lifetime. I would also like to express many thanks for the friendships and working relationships built with the County Commissioners, employees, fire and rescue personnel, business owners, and citizens of the county. It has been a great experience. I look forward to continuing the level of service and relationships serving as the Fire Marshal for Transylvania County."

Scott will begin his role on October 1st and replace retiring Fire Marshal Gerald Grose who has served in that role since December of 1992.