Oxnard City Fire Captain Scott Douglas Carroll answered his last alarm on November 30, 2015. He served with the Oxnard City Fire Department for 19 years. Prior service includes Ventura County Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service, and Federal Fire Department, Seal Beach, Pt. Mugu, and Port Hueneme.
Scott was born October 24, 1967, in Downey, California, to Douglas and Pamela Carroll and resided in Ventura County, California, for 43 years. He attended elementary school in Buena Park, Oxnard, and Camarillo and Monte Vista Middle School in Camarillo. He graduated from Rio Mesa High School in 1986.
Scott’s love of sports began at age seven playing baseball, soccer, and basketball. An avid sports fan with season tickets to the LA Dodgers, he gave up his only chance to see the Dodgers in a World Series. In 1988, he chose to stay on duty and respond to a wildland fire, saying, “There will be more World Series games, but I don’t know when I’ll get to go on a fire again.” Ironically, the Dodgers would never get to another World Series (yet), but there were many more fires. Scott’s love of baseball brought him to every MLB stadium, missing only Turner Field. For football his lifelong team was the Rams. Whether their home was Los Angeles or St. Louis, his loyalty did not waver. For Scott, his family is happily welcoming his team home. He also played on a tournament softball team and competed in the Guns and Hoses tournaments, the Nevada Police and Fire Games, and the California Firefighter Olympics.
Scott loved traveling with his family. His motto was “Work hard, play harder,” and he did. His love of the water took him to various beach resorts and cruises, but his favorite trips included any sporting event he could find. A cruise out of Florida in March would mean a Grapefruit Spring Training trip as well. Spring training trips were an annual event, and the highlight was when he was able to go to both the Cactus and Grapefruit leagues.
In 1996, Oxnard Fire Department welcomed Scott to their team, where his natural talents and skills saw him promoted to captain in 2002. He was not only a strong leader, but a great friend to the brotherhood/sisterhood. Scott’s confidence, competence, and skills made him the perfect choice to instruct others in wildland fires and HAZMAT incidents. Scott was nominated Firefighter of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
Scott loved being a firefighter, but his real love and heart belonged to his family. He is survived by his wife and best friend, Tracy; his beautiful children, Michael (Yesenia) and Rylee (Brian); grandchildren, Yoselin and Liam; parents, Douglas and Pamela; brother, Steven (Julie); his Oxnard City Fire Department brothers, and a host of family and friends.