Anchorage Fire Department

The Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the city of Anchorage, Alaska. Areas that are served by department include the incorporated areas of downtown Anchorage, Bird, Bootleggers Cove, Eagle River, Fairview, Indian, Mountain View, Muldoon, and Spenard, among others.[1] AFD is assisted by two volunteer fire departments operating in the outlying areas of the Anchorage Municipality.

Anchorage Fire Department
AFD Logo
AFD Patch
Operational area
Country United States
State Alaska
City Anchorage
Agency overview[1]
Established1915 (1915)
Annual calls36,270 (2017)
Employees392 (2022)
Annual budget$104,173,605 2022)
StaffingCareer
Fire chiefDouglas Schrage
IAFF1264
Facilities and equipment[1]
Battalions3
Stations13
Engines14
Trucks2
Tillers1
Platforms2
Rescues3
Ambulances13
Tenders5
HAZMAT1
USAR1
Wildland1
Rescue boats2
Website
Official website
IAFF website

History edit

 
Lt. Livingston of AFD poses with mascot Sparky, a dalmatian, and a pair of schoolchildren named "Fire Prevention King and Queen" in 1963.

The Anchorage Fire Department was founded in 1915. By 1951, AFD had grown to 50 fire fighters, and saw the beginning of Anchorage's first ambulance service. In 1967, the various fire companies unified as the Greater Anchorage Area Borough Fire Department. In 1975, the City of Anchorage and the Greater Anchorage Borough unified, becoming the Municipality of Anchorage.

As of 2015, the AFD has a goal of maintaining 315 fire fighters and paramedics on active duty.[2][3]

In June 2018, Deputy Chief Jodie Hettrick was promoted to Fire Chief following the retirement of Denis LeBlanc. Chief Hettrick is the first woman to serve as Chief of the Anchorage Fire Department.

Stations and apparatus edit

 
Anchorage Fire Department engine based at its downtown station, responding to a call early in the morning
 
Anchorage Fire Department garage entrance
Fire Station Number Neighborhood Engine Company Truck Company EMS Medic Unit Special Unit Battalion Chief Units
1 Downtown Engine 1
Engine 2
Truck 1 Medic 1

Medic 81 (BLS)

Medic 82 (BLS)

HazMat 1, ALS 1 (fly car) Battalion Chief 1 [4]
3 Mountain View Engine 3 Truck 3 Medic 3 Rescue 3 (USAR) [5]
4 Tudor Engine 4 Medic 4

Medic 84 (BLS)

Rescue 4 (Heavy Rescue), Dive 4 (Water Rescue), ALS 4 (fly car) [6]
5 Spenard Engine 5 Truck 5 Medic 5 [7]
6 Muldoon Engine 6 Medic 6 [8]
7 Jewel Lake Engine 7 Medic 7 [9]
8 O'Malley Engine 8 Tender 8 [10]
9 Dearmoun Engine 9 Medic 9 Tender 9, Rescue 9 (Frontcountry Rescue) [11]
10 Rabbit Creek Engine 10 Tender 10 [12]
11 Eagle River Engine 11 Medic 11 Squad 11, Tender 11, Rescue 11 (Swiftwater Rescue) [13]
12 Dimond Engine 12 Truck 12 Medic 12 Safety 1 Battalion Chief 2 [14]
14 Tudor Baxter Engine 14 Medic 814 (BLS) Tender 14, Rehab 14 Battalion Chief 3 [15]
15 Southport Engine 15 [16]

Volunteer Fire Departments edit

AFD is assisted by two volunteer fire/rescue departments that provide fire protection and EMS services to the outlying areas of the Anchorage Municipality. In the north, Chugiak Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company, Inc. operates five stations and serves an area from the North Eagle River overpass on the Glenn Highway to the Municipal boundary at the Knik River under the leadership of Chief Tim Benningfield and two assistant chiefs.[17] In the south, Girdwood Fire & Rescue, Inc. operates one station and serves the Girdwood community and other communities along the Seward Highway[18] under the leadership of Chief Michelle Weston and one deputy chief.[19] Both departments provide 24/7/365 advanced life support coverage to their respective areas, and stations 31 and 41 are staffed by volunteer duty crews 24/7.

Fire Station Number Neighborhood Engine Companies Medic Units Special Units
31 Chugiak Engine 31 Medic 31 Tender 31, Brush 31, Utility 31, ALS 31 (24-hour ALS fly car), Captain 1, 2, 3, or 4 (24-hour duty officer)
32 Birchwood Engine 32 Tender 32, Utility 32, Utility 33
33 Peters Creek Engine 33 Medic 33 Rescue 33, Tender 33
34 Birchwood Airport Engine 34 off-season storage for snowmachines, 6-wheelers, Boat 31
35 North Eagle River Engine 35 Medic 35 Tender 35, Brush 34, Brush 35, Boat 31 (summer) or snowmachines (winter), Chief 31, Chief 32, Chief 33
41 Girdwood Engine 41 Medic 41, Medic 42 Rescue 41, Rescue 42, Brush 41, Tender 41, Tender 42, Utility 41, Utility 43, Chief 41, Boat 41, snowmachines (x2), Side-by-side (x2)

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "Annual Report" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on October 29, 2018. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "With 16 new recruits, Anchorage Fire Department ups its numbers". KTVA. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  3. ^ "Fire Department". Municipality of Anchorage. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "Station 1". Anchorage Fire Department Status. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  5. ^ "Station 3". Anchorage Fire Department Status. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  6. ^ "Station 4". Anchorage Fire Department Status. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  7. ^ "Station 5". Anchorage Fire Department Status. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  8. ^ "Station 6". Anchorage Fire Department Status. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  9. ^ "Station 7". Anchorage Fire Department Status. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  10. ^ "Station 8". Anchorage Fire Department Status. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  11. ^ "Station 9". Anchorage Fire Department Status. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  12. ^ "Station 10". Anchorage Fire Department Status. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  13. ^ "Station 11". Anchorage Fire Department Status. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  14. ^ "Station 12". Anchorage Fire Department Status. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  15. ^ "Station 14". Anchorage Fire Department Status. Archived from the original on February 1, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  16. ^ "Station 15". Anchorage Fire Department Status. Archived from the original on August 10, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  17. ^ "About Us". www.cvfrd.com. Archived from the original on April 1, 2017. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  18. ^ "Girdwood Fire Department". Girdwood Fire Department. Archived from the original on July 11, 2017. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  19. ^ "Personnel". Girdwood Fire Department. Archived from the original on September 15, 2017. Retrieved May 31, 2017.

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