Men of Harford 2011: Scott Hurst

Chief of Susquehanna Hose Company Named "Man of Harford" 2011

  • Scott Hurst, chief of Susquehanna Hose Company, has spent most of his life dedicated to public safety.
Scott Hurst, chief of Susquehanna Hose Company, has spent most… (Photo by Nicole Munchel )
August 03, 2011|By L'Oreal Thompson

When Scott Hurst originally joined the Susquehanna Hose Company in Havre de Grace as a teenager back in 1991, he simply wanted to be part of a stellar softball team. “Initially I joined because I wanted to play softball and the fire department had a great team,” Hurst says. “But once you join, you get the bug, and I really loved it.”

Now, 20 years later, Hurst, 38, has devoted himself to public safety as chief of the hose company—a position he’s held for the last five years. As chief of the hose company, Hurst supervises five houses and about 135 firefighters.

“My firefighters give me ambition to do better,” he says. “They make me so proud and make me want to do what I do better.” In addition to being chief of the Susquehanna Hose Company, Hurst is also a career firefighter for Prince George’s County and a part-time firefighter for the city of Aberdeen.

“My life revolves around public safety,” Hurst says. “I enjoy doing it and the brotherhood and the friendships you make. Being able to help someone—with even the smallest of things—is what I enjoy the most. You can tell they’re appreciative of what you do.”

Born and raised in Havre de Grace, Hurst graduated from Havre de Grace High School, and he recently earned his associate degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University. Currently, he lives in the city of Havre de Grace with his wife, Amy, their 22-year-old daughter, Lauren, and their one-year-old daughter, Hayden.

Giving back to the community in which he grew up is an honor, according to Hurst. “It means so much to me. I love Havre de Grace,” he says. “I’m very in tune with what goes on in Havre de Grace. I love the downtown area, the promenade, the lighthouse…I can’t imagine living anywhere else.”

Hurst attributes much of the hose company’s success to the fact that many of its members have lived in Havre de Grace their entire lives. “The fire company tradition is passed down throughout families,” he says. Hurst’s father coached the softball team and regularly participated in the company’s fundraisers, his mother was a member of the ladies’ auxiliary and his brother was also a member. “Once you get involved, it’s hard to get rid of,” Hurst says. “It sort of completely consumes you.”

What is your favorite television show? Two and a Half Men
What is your favorite food? Pepperoni pizza
If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be? My grandfather. He passed away when I was 3 years old.
What do you do to relax or have fun? Attend Ravens’ games and tailgate.

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