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Monday, March 27, 2017

Five new EMTs certified in Cordova


Five new EMT1s have joined the ranks of Cordova Volunteer Emergency Services. Jayleene Garrett, Taylor Kimbarow, Stephen Phillips, Micah Renfeldt, and Jeff Rice made the grade by completing three months of study to become Emergency Medical Technician 1s. Their course included over 200 hours of class time, plus mastery of 30 specific skills, before they could take the state EMT1 exam. They received their EMT1 certifications on March 11. The class, titled EMT.OEC I, ran from Jan. 9 through March 11, in the Cordova Volunteer Fire Department’s firehouse training room. Their instructors were three Cordova EMS veterans, EMT3 Captain Joanie Behrends, EMT2 Lead CPR/First Aid instructor Kara Johnson, and EMT2 Lieutenant James Thorne.
Cordova Times

Cordova home heavily damaged by fire


Fire ignited by a cigarette burning in a trash bag heavily damaged the home of Mike and Sandee Maxwell on March 18, but quick action by Robin Kacsh, manager of the Powder House Bar and Grill, and her husband, former Cordova Mayor Jim Kacsh, helped the Maxwells and their daughter Michelle escape injury. Cordova Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mike Hicks said that Robin Kacsh, at the business across from the Maxwell residence, noticed an excessive amount of smoke coming from the home and immediately called 911, while her husband went to check on the home and the Maxwells. He discovered that one end of the house was in flames, and alerted the family, who were unaware of the fire, Hicks said.
Cordova Times


Friday, March 24, 2017

Capital City Firefighters extinguish mobile home fire in Juneau


Capital City Fire Rescue reports entering a mobile home with smoke coming from the eves Thursday in the 200 block of Switzer Park. Crews quickly extinguished the fire. The occupants of the trailer were not in the home at the time and later showed up on scene, stating a dog and cat were inside. Assistant Chief Ed Quinto provided details: "The crews were able to find the dog and cat in the back bedroom of the trailer. The 5 year dog and 7 year old cat were reunited with their owner. The Red Cross showed up on scene to assist the trailer occupants with living arraignments. There were no injuries from the civilians or CCFR members."
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Investigation underway in Fairbanks library shooting that injured an 18-year-old


Wednesday, we reported that the Fairbanks North Star Borough Administration was notified about a discharged firearm in the Noel Wein Library. According to Fairbanks Police, the Fairbanks Fire Department responded to a call of an injury supposedly caused by the explosion of a phone charger. After examining the 18-year-old victim, firefighters discovered the injury was from a bullet. The fire department contacted FPD. A preliminary investigation revealed the victim was struck in the arm by a bullet that ricocheted inside the library. The weapon was not found on site, but the bullet was recovered.
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