Scott Andrew Morrison

Chief Morrison was the incident commander for a wildland fire in his community. He began to feel ill and drove himself to an ambulance that was standing by on the scene. Ambulance personnel initiated care and began to transport Chief Morrison to the hospital. While in the ambulance, Chief Morrison’s condition worsened and he went into cardiac and respiratory arrest.

Chief Morrison was treated in the emergency room but did not recover. He was pronounced dead at approximately 1730hrs. His death was caused by a heart attack.

For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program report F2013-10 (

Incident Location: 500 Block of Knotts Island Road (USNG: 18S VF 1714 4247)

Department Information

Knotts Island Volunteer Fire Department
PO Box 115, 327 Knotts Island RD
USNG: 18S VF 1705 4372
Knotts Island, North Carolina 27950

Chief: Assistant Fire Chief Curt Burmeister

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Scott Andrew Morrison was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 44 
Rank: Fire Chief 
Classification: Volunteer 
Incident date: Mar 3, 2013 16:15
Date of death: Mar 3, 2013 
Cause of death: Stress/Overexertion 
Nature of death: Heart Attack 
Activity type: Incident Command 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property 

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