J. Scott Vowell was recently appointed chief of Fire Protection Operations at the Y‑12 National Security Complex.
Vowell joined the Y‑12 staff in 1993. Prior to being appointed fire chief, he served as assistant fire chief and fire captain. Previously he served as fire inspector at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The Clinton native served on the Clinton City Emergency 911 Board from 1997 to 2001 and was a firefighter with the City of Clinton Fire Department for seven years.
A division of Y‑12’s Safeguards, Security and Emergency Services, Fire Protection Operations has a roster of approximately 90, including firefighters, battalion chiefs and support staff. It provides emergency response for the installation’s 8,000 employees and multitude of facilities in Bear Creek Valley. It also tests, maintains, and inspects the nearly 400 sprinkler systems in these facilities.
“My goal for the Y‑12 Fire Department is to maintain the most qualified, trained and knowledgeable emergency response firefighters, emergency medical technicians and hazardous material technicians in the valley,” said Vowell.