Steese VFD Hires New Fire Chief

Steese Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) welcomed a new leader to replace retiring Chief Mitch Flynn, who headed the department for the last 16 years. The Steese Board of Directors would like to announce that Scott A Learned has been appointed Fire Chief for the Steese Volunteer Fire Department. Chief Learned has served as SVFD’s Deputy Fire Chief of Operations for the past six years. He has 38 years of experience in the Alaskan emergency services, 33 of which have been in Fairbanks. We held Chief Learned’s pinning ceremony at Station 61 on July 12th. We believe his skills, talents, and knowledge will be invaluable to our department’ continued success and the protection of the residents of our service area. Welcome Chief Learned.

 

 

 

Former Fire Chief Mitch Flynn and Fire Chief Frank Bracken pin collar brass for Chief Learned.

Life Member Jill Swope pins the badge for FIre Chief Learned

SVFD’s Board of Directors President Ray Hollinrake swears in Fire Chief Scott A. Learned.

Former Fire Chief Mitch Flynn says his last farewell and welcomes Scott A. Learned as the new Fire Chief.

 

 

 

 

Chief Flynn Retires

 

Chief T. Mitch Flynn’s final day with the Department was Friday, July 12th. Thank you to all who have sent well wishes and to those who were able to make his retirement celebration on the 11th they truly mean a lot to Chief Flynn. When we get the photos back from the photographer we will share them. Saying farewell to Chief Flynn is not easy but we wish him and his wonderful wife Melody all the best in their next adventure. Thank you both for your mentorship and service to our community it is very much appreciated.

 

Good Luck Firefighter Dayton

Deputy Chief Learned presents Firefighter/EMT Connor Dayton with his service plaque.

 

April 25th  was Firefighter/EMT Connor Dayton’s last shift as a volunteer firefighter with our department. Connor started with our Department as a scholarship firefighter and has become a valuable asset.  Connor is moving back to Washington and has accepted a position with a Wildland Firefighting Crew.  We wish him the best of luck in his new position.

 

Farewell Engineer Heineken

Max's Last Day

March 22nd was Engineer/EMT2 Max Heineken’s last shift as a scholarship firefighter with our department. Max has done an oustanding job exceeding our expecations by rapidly progressing to an Engineer’s position.  Max has accepted a position with the Fairbanks Fire Dept. and will soon be moving on to the next chapter in his fire service career. We wish him all the best at FFD.

 

Bon Voyage

Engineer Evan Kressly and Engineer Blayde Briske graduated from UAF in May. Unfortunately this meant they had completed the Steese Scholarship program and were off to start their careers. The Department will miss their presence, leadership and hard work. Good luck guys!

Goodbye Engineer Morey

Morey's Last ShiftIt is with great pride and a little sadness that we announce that Engineer Ian Morey has been offered, and accepted, a Firefighter position with Atlanta Fire Rescue.  Ian’s last shift with us was on October 6th and he will report to the Atlanta Fire Academy on Thursday October 20. Ian is a great employee and we know he is   going to have a great career, you will be missed.

Farewell Engineer Cooper

Cooper.Goodbye

Engineer/EMT-2A Tucker Cooper pulled his last shift with us on July 11th. Mr. Cooper has been a scholarship firefighter with our department for four years. His hard work and wry sense of humor will be missed. He has accepted a summer position with Capital City Fire Rescue in Juneau. Good luck Coop, we know you are going to have a great career.

Good Luck Firefighter Tyndale

Tyndale.Goodbye

After four years of service we are sorry to say that Delmari Tyndale has left our Department. Delmari was a Firefighter/EMT-3A with our department. He also was a peer mentor and role model for our new members and his leadership skills will be greatly missed. We wish him luck on meeting his goals back home in Washington.