Alaska News

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Preparing Tomorrow’s Firefighters: The 2024 Alaska Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy at Birchwood Camp in Chugiak

From April 21st to April 30th, 25 aspiring firefighters from across Alaska are gathered at Birchwood Camp in Chugiak for the 2024 Alaska Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy. Cadets are pushed to their limits, both physically and mentally. Through teamwork, discipline, and unwavering determination, they learn to overcome obstacles, persevere in the face of adversity, and emerge as stronger, more confident wildland firefighters. The Alaska Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy is more than just a training program; it is a rite of passage. Over the course of ten intense days, cadets undergo rigorous physical training, classroom instruction, and hands-on firefighting exercises. From grasping the intricacies of firefighting tools, portable pumps, and chain saws to gaining insight into fire behavior and safety protocols, they delve into a comprehensive curriculum crafted to lay the groundwork for their careers.
Alaska Wildland Fire Information

Monday, April 22, 2024

Fire investigation at former Midtown Anchorage restaurant

The Anchorage Fire Department is investigating a fire late Wednesday night, at the former Cattle Company Steakhouse building in Midtown. Flames could be seen coming from the former restaurant at about 11:50 p.m. Wednesday in the 300 block of West Tudor Road. Fire involved a covered part of the structure and exterior walls of the building, Assistant Fire Chief Alex Boyd said. Twelve units responded on-scene and had the fire under control in about 10 minutes. Shane Perkins, the general manager of Anchorage’s Applebee’s restaurant, was among several of his staff and customers who saw the fire. “Definitely did not expect it,” Perkins said. “I was a little shocked. When my employee told me I thought he was joking. Like, I thought he was just trying to get me out front for some reason and ran out there kind of like, ‘oh, wow,’ and there were a lot of people out there videoing and recording.”
KTUU-TV NBC 2 Anchorage

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