To serve our members through professionalism and leadership thereby enhancing the Fire/Rescue/EMS services of Alaska.
In the Line of Duty:
It is with great regret that we have to report the loss of Senior Captain Jeff Bayless of the Anchorage Fire Department. Senior Captain Bayless passed away on March 7th following a training evolution at the AFD Training Center. Services for Captain Bayless will be posted as they are confirmed.
The Alaska State Firefighters Association expresses its condolences to the Family and Co-Workers of Captain Bayless.
The Anchorage Fire Department chief says a 51-year-old fire captain collapsed and died after participating in what was described as a routine but strenuous training activity.
Chief Chris Bushue told a Friday afternoon news conference that Jeff Bayless collapsed earlier in the day. Crews immediately began treating him and he was taken to a hospital, where he died.
The Anchorage Daily News reports the 19-year fire department veteran had completed his training exercise before he collapsed.
Fire officials say about 20 firefighters participated in the annual training that required them to dress in full gear, wearing an air mask and tank. They had to walk through a parking lot, up six flights of stairs and back down.
Chief Dave Squires Retires
The Twenty-eighth Alaska State Legislature joins the City of Seward in thanking Chief Dave Squires for his service and congratulates him on his retirement, May 31, 2013, after serving 28 years with the Seward Fire Department. In total, Chief Squires has served 43 years in the fire protection industry which is an amazing accomplishment..
Chief Squires has been associated with fire services since the age of 18. He served in
Air Force Fire Protection while in England and at Eielson Air Force Base outside of Fairbanks. In October of 1984, while stationed at Eielson Air Force Base, he was faced with a transfer out of Alaska or a furlough from service because he had achieved too high a rank. He chose the furlough and accepted a fire fighter's position with the Seward Fire Department. He knew a fire fighting career in Alaska would bring stability to his family and he liked the looks of Seward.
Chief Squires worked his way up through the fire department, appointed acting fire chief in 1997 and then appointed fire chief that same year. He is known for his passion for the safety and wellbeing of fellow fire fighters and his extensive knowledge about emergency services. He was known never to shy away from giving his opinion and when he did, people listened.
The success of Chief Squires' tenure is recognized through the effectiveness of the Seward Fire Department. Seward hasn't experienced the big, destructive and often-fatal fires that have wreaked havoc in other communities.
Known to have as much vitality as the Energizer Bunny®, Chief Squires, in his retirement, has taught a comprehensive three-day class on driving and operating fire engines and tankers, is a volunteer at the Seward Fire Department and recently has been elected to the Seward City Council. Even in retirement, he continues to serve his community. The Twenty-eighth Alaska State Legislature takes great pleasure in honoring Chief Squires for his 28 years of dedicated service for the City of Seward.
Spring Board Meeting:
The ASFA Spring Board Meeting will be held in Anchorage on March 22nd at 9 am. The meeting will be held at The Board Room, 601 W. 5th Avenue, Anchorage, AK.
The agenda will be posted as soon as it is finalized.
Email List for ASFA Members:
The ASFA has started a new Email List Service. If you are interested in being added to the list please contact Robert Dennard to be added. This will be a way for the membership to get information out to other members. There will be some monitoring and you might have your posting privileges removed it there is spam or inappropriate emails distributed. Thanks.
Alaska Fire Service Awards
The Annual Fire Service Awards are presented to outstanding members of the fire service in Alaska each year at the Alaska Fire Conference Awards Banquet. The awardees are nominated by their peers for exceptional service to their communities during the previous year.
• Firefighter of the Year
•Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year
• William A. Hagevig Fire Service Instructor of the Year
•Ken Akerley Fire Service Leadership Award