Chena Goldstream is recruiting for the position of Engineer/Firefighter. This is a full time 43 hour a week position. Below is the job announcment. Application deadline is May 1st, 2013.
Chena Goldstream has placed two new apparatus into service. A 2012 Ford F350 has been placed into service as the Battalion vehicle. This vehicle serves as a response vehicle for Battalion officers. Its function is a command post and also carries heaters in the winter and a CAFS wildland unit during the summer. It is also used to haul our offroad rescue trailer. The second vehicle is a 2000 Ford F350 which has been placed into service as Squad 43. This is a first response medical rig, but also functions as a brush rig.
Terry Solomon is October's Volunteer of the Month. She teaches recruit and EMT classes, helps keep the live-in firefighters and medics on track, and brightens the stations up with her sunny outlook on life. Terry has volunteered at CGFR for a decade. We're very appreciative of the time she spent becoming a lead medic and the effort she puts into teaching those skills to the newer members. Thanks for all the work you do, Terry! Sorry this write-up is a month late! pjd
Alaska born and raised, Jerry Johnson is September's CGFR volunteer of the month. Currently studying in the Fire Science Program at UAF/TVC, Jerry is a member of the SAFER Emergency Management Scholarship Program at CGFR. Since joining the department in 2011, Jerry has pulled almost 300 shifts and become a highly competent Firefighter, apparatus Engineer, and EMT II.
The Interior Fire Chiefs Association is hosting a public forum for Mayoral and Borough Assembly candidates on Wednesday, September 26, at the Carlson Center's Buswell Pioneer Room. Assembly candidates will be available from 11:30-12:30 and Mayoral candidates from 12:45-1:30. The topics to present and discuss are Fire and Emergency Medical Services in the Fairbanks North Star Borough and vicinity.
CGFR is pleased to announce it is continuing our scholarship program for this academic year. The program is a fantastic opportunity for students: not only do we pick up the tab for 12 credit hours, books, fees and provide a place to live, students get to live in and respond from one of our three fire stations that have living quarters. Acquiring real-world experience along with their degree gives participants a step up in the real world when looking for a job in a career department or other employment. The PDF application is available online.
Retired health science high school teacher, Lt. Andrea Gelvin cannot stop teaching and volunteering. She has served CGFR for the past 10 years. When first starting out as an EMT, Lt. Gelvin never imagined she would one day single-handedly be putting out a car fire or bringing a diabetic patient back to life, yet over the years she has done that and more. Lt. Gelvin volunteers countless hours helping new recruits as CGFR’s Recruit Coordinator and is a tireless advocate encouraging others to get involved in the field of health and emergency services. Lt.
A volunteer at CGFR for the past two years, Lt. Ben Garrison is deeply committed to training and always willing to share his knowledge of firefighting and rescue techniques. His extensive experience includes a range of certifications in rope and water rescue, fire investigation, and training as a Fire Service Instructor. Lt. Garrison earned his BS in Fire Science from the University of Maryland, and has experience working with volunteer fire departments around the US. When not busy volunteering, Lt. Garrison serves as a Master Sergeant in the US Air Force. Lt.
A longtime volunteer at CGFR, Lt. Maier has logged a total of over 12,600 hours of on-shift response time over the past nine years--not including additional hours spent at weekly trainings and other department activities. Lt. Maier serves as an on-scene incident
Riley Witte, a volunteer since July 2011, is committed to learning more about emergency services. Starting off as an EMS-only volunteer, an EMT I, she just completed her testing for EMT III. Riley is currently taking Firefighter-1 class, and looking forward to responding to fire calls in the Goldstream Valley and on Chena Ridge. Riley enjoys volunteering as part of the Chena-Goldstream team, and finds the people she encounters - other volunteers as well as the public - the most rewarding part of the job.