We would like to congratulate Assistant Chief Alan Martin on his retirement from the Steese Volunteer Fire Department after 34 years of volunteer service to the department. Your wisdom and knowledge will be missed.
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Deputy Chief Mike Holzmueller was selected and received the state’s highest Chief Officer Leadership Award, the “Ken Akerley Fire Service Leadership Award” at Alaska Fire Chief’s Association’s awards banquet in Kenai, September 26, 2014. Deputy Chief Holzmueller was selected for his dedication to service through his management of 18 scholarship firefighter/medic positions with SVFD and for his management of recruiting new volunteers each year for our staffing. Mike has served with the SVFD for 9 years with professional commitment to excellence.
Steese recently held it’s Annual Awards Banquet. The event is held each year to thank and recognize the volunteers and staff for all the hard work they have put in over the year to better serve our community.
The Awards for this year went to a dedicated group that are always working hard to improve the department and themselves.
Fellow Medic of the Year – Sarah Czech
Fellow Firefighter of the Year – Tyler Greensfelder
Rookie of the Year – Delmari Tyndale
Driver of the Year – Cory Wagner
Medic of the Year – Robert Warren
Firefighter of the Year – Tyler Greensfelder
Now is a great time to change your smoke detector batteries while you are changing your clocks for Daylight Savings Time. When you change your batteries also test the detector to make sure it is working correctly. Replace any detectors that are ten years or older. Local fire departments have free batteries and detectors if you need them, we can even come to your home and install them for you. You need to have at least one smoke detector on each level of your home and outside every sleeping area. Also have fire extinguishers on each floor, especially near the kitchen, garage, laundry room and workshop. It is also very important to have a fire escape plan with all the members of your family. If you have any questions please call us at 457-1508.
Chief Rockney was honored at Gov. Sean Parnell’s Medical Services Awards banquet in Anchorage. Rockney won the award for his hard work as a Emergency Medical Services Administrator. In addition to his volunteer work with the Steese Volunteer Fire Department, he is the training coordinator for the Interior Region Emergency Medical Council.
We are sorry that we will not be hosting a Haunted House this year. It takes a lot of time and people to set it up, run it and make it scary fun. We are very busy this month training new members, and making station upgrades. We are hard at work to better serve our service area. A big part of our Haunted House was the Fire Safety and Prevention table. We handed out free smoke detectors, smoke detector batteries and information on how to make your home safer. If you need any fire safety information or a smoke detector please call us or stop by Steese Station 2 at 585 Old Steel Creek Road. Please have a safe and fun Halloween.