Alaska News

Monday, August 21, 2017

Juneau Fire Marshal Jager earns international credentials

Fire Marshal Daniel Jager of Juneau’s Capital City Fire Rescue has been awarded the professional designation of “Chief Fire Officer” from the Commission on Professional Credentialing, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence. The CFO designation program is a voluntary one designed to recognize individuals who demonstrate their excellence in seven measured components, including experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association memberships, community involvement and technical competence. All applicants are required, also, to identify a future professional development plan.
Cordova Times

Structure fire in Fairbanks destroys former ’Reflections’ building

On Sunday morning, the building that housed the former 'Reflections Gentleman's Club' was destroyed by a fire. At approximately 5:00 AM, a Fairbanks police officer on patrol in the area observed smoke and fire coming from the McKinley Countertops building, located at South Cushman and 24th Avenue. The officer contacted Fairbanks Fire Department, who responded to the blaze along with aid from the University Fire Department, Fort Wainwright Fire Department, Chena Goldstream Fire & Rescue, Eielson Fire Department and the Steese Fire Department. Firefighters successfully put out the blaze, but significant damage to the structure's roof and interior could be seen.
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Rural Alaska crews head south to help fight fires

As U.S. fire managers raised the nation's wildfire danger to its highest level due to fires in California and other Western U.S. states, straining firefighting resources, Alaska's fire crews boarded a jet headed for Missoula, Mont., to help with the fight. Crews from Upper Kalskag, Selawik and Noorvik, along with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanook fire crew, headed south last week on a charter jet. Some among them have been fighting fire since the '70s, according to a release from the Alaska Fire Service. Upper Kalskag Squad Boss James Gregory is one of those firefighters.
Bristol Bay Times

Capital City Fire Rescue Department open house well attended

The Capital City Fire Rescue at Glacier Station opened up their facilities to the public for an Open House event, offering free food and rides in the fire trucks for kids and adults, as well as interaction opportunities with the team. The Open House was in celebration of their expanded garage and new trucks, giving the team more capabilities to assist during emergencies. These amendments were in response to the expansion of Alaska Airlines and increased air traffic.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Remote fish processing plant near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands damaged by fire

A remote salmon processing plant operated by Seattle-based Peter Pan Seafoods near Alaska's Aleutian Islands has been heavily damaged by a fire that was still burning Wednesday. Peter Pan spokesman Dale Schiffler confirmed the fire at the Port Moller plant. He declined to provide further details. Bob Murphy, a state Fish and Game fisheries biologist assigned to the area for the summer fishing season, said the blaze broke out Tuesday night and continued to burn as of Wednesday afternoon. Plant workers used water lines and hoses to fight the fire, and fishing crews also have been using their vessel hoses to squirt water at the blaze, he said. "The main thing is, nobody's hurt," Murphy said. The plant offices, the processing section and the facility's large freezer were destroyed, Murphy said. Still standing are housing quarters for about 150 workers, the egg processing house and part of the dock.
Fairbanks News-Miner

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