Alaska News

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

North Pole paramedic is a Hero of the Last Frontier

North Pole paramedic Matt Deatherage was selected as a Hero of the Last Frontier, when his name was drawn from among 500 nominees in an online contest. The Facebook contest, sponsored by LifeMed Alaska, honored first responders and drew hundreds of nominations statewide. LifeMed provides 24/7 critical care air ambulance service throughout the state. Although it is headquartered in Anchorage, it maintains base operations in Fairbanks, Soldotna, Bethel and Palmer. The company developed the contest to let people know it was expanding to southeast Alaska and also to highlight health care and emergency personnel who help make their service possible. Two names were drawn from the nominees: engineer and paramedic Matt Deatherage of North Pole and volunteer firefighter and emergency trauma technician Devren Bennett of Petersburg.
Fairbanks News-Miner

Friday, January 12, 2018

Firefighters, EMTs sworn in at Homer City Council meeting

The Homer Volunteer Fire Department may be losing a chief in Bob Painter before the month is out, but it’s gaining several qualified emergency medical technicians and firefighters. The graduates of the department’s last two recruit classes were sworn in during the Homer City Council’s meeting Monday at City Hall. Some had graduated from an EMT 1 class, others now have Firefighter 1 status, and some are cross trained in both. Each one of them entered the department as recruit, Painter said at the ceremony, and they take extensive training program involving hundreds of hours of education and practice. Those who passed the EMT 1 class include: Patrick Lane, Donna McNulty, Devon Kennelty, Naomi Scheffel, Aryn Young, Kristen Mrozowski, Shannon Reid and Jesus Trejo. Those who now have Firefighter 1 status include: Donna McNulty, Jaclyn Lucas, and Courtney Moody.
Homer News

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