We would like to thank Steve Adams for his continued support of our Department. Mr. Adams has been a long supporter of Steese with his advice and mentorship. Recently he donated a new flagpole for Station 61 and recently donated money towards the purchase of new winter jackets for our members. Because of his generosity, we were recently able to finish our project of purchasing new winter jackets for our members. These jackets are warmer and much more visible than our old jackets. Mr. Adams is a shining example of why Fairbanks is called the Golden Heart City.
We received a visit from one of our founding Steese VFD members, Walt Weese today. He was accompanied by his son Dan and daughter-in-law Heather. We had a great time reminiscing and showing them the changes to the Department and service area.
Our annual award banquet for 2016 was on Saturday, May 13th. We had a great turnout and a great time was had by everyone.
Every year we honor the bravery, sacrifice and dedication of our members through these awards; this year’s recipients are examples of these qualities.
Rookie of the year – Kain McAfee
Driver of the year – Noah Hamm
Medic of the year – Samanatha Hatfield
Firefighter of the year – Allen Williams
We would like to recognize the following members for their dedicated years of service to the citizens of Steese Fire District.
5 Years of Service – Doug Fournier and Samuel Sanders
10 Years of Service on the Board of Directors – Craig Loudon
The fellow award program provides an opportunity for department members to recognize each other for outstanding service. This is a very special award – an award given by a peer to a peer.
Fellow Firefighter – Allen Williams
Fellow Medic – Ruth Church
The statistical award program recognizes volunteer and live-in members training and volunteer hours.
Most Volunteer Training Hours with 79 hours – Zachary Yoder
Most Volunteer Live-In Training with 261.5 Hours— Allen Williams
Most Volunteer Live-In Hours with 6554.5 hours – Noah Hamm
Most Volunteer Hours (nonlive-in) with 1747.5 hours – Sarah Czech
Congratulations everyone and we are looking forward to another great year of service.
It is that time of year again, burn permits are needed from April 1st until August 31st. You can apply and print out your burn permit at forestry.alaska.gov/burn Even if you have a burn permit please check to see if there are any restrictions, suspensions or closures.
Also be sure to check the FNSB Air Quality page to see if there are any burn bans on due to air quality. FNSB Air Quality
With our recent snow storms, cold weather and ice fog, now is a good time to make sure you have your winter emergency gear in your vehicle. Below is a checklist to make sure you have the essentials you need for travel emergencies.
ALASKAN EMERGENCY CAR KIT
Kitty Litter (non-clumping) or Sand (for traction assistance)
Fuel line de-icer
Flashlight with extra batteries
First aid kit with pocket knife
Sleeping bag for each traveler
Food items: ex. fruits/nuts
Package of wipes
Hand warming packets
Extra socks and mittens,hats
Halloween can be the most exciting time of the year for kids but also presents danger. The Steese Volunteer Fire Department wants this year’s trick-or-treating for your little goblins to be a safe one. Follow these safety tips for a happy and fire-safe Halloween:
- Choose the right costume. Try to stay away from long or flowing fabric.
- Provide flashlights to children or have children carry glow sticks as part of their costumes.
- Make sure if a child is wearing a mask that the eye holes are large enough so he or she can see out of them.
- Avoid flammable decorations including dried flowers, cornstalks and crepe paper that are highly flammable.
- Keep decorations away from open flames and other heat sources, including light bulbs and heaters.
- Refrain from having an open flame.
- Use battery-operated candles or glow-sticks in your jack-o-lanterns.
- Remember to keep all decorations away from doors so that they are not blocking any exits or escape routes.
- Make sure all of your smoke alarms are working and up to date.
The Steese Volunteer Fire Department is also offering its annual safe alternative for parents this Halloween. Both of our fire stations located at 585 Steele Creek Road & 800 William C. Leary Lane will be stocked with candy to hand out to kids who visit in their costumes, Halloween night. Unless an emergency run calls them away, doors will be open and firefighters will be handing out candy to kids from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Parents, please do not park on the drive in front of the emergency equipment.