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.





SCOTT Firefighter Stair-climb

Members of the department will be running up 69 flights of stairs in full fire gear and SCBA. While we welcome the challenge, we are doing this to fight blood cancers. All proceeds benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

We would love for you to support our department. Your tax deductible donation helps in the fight against blood cancers.

What is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society?

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The mission of LLS is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested nearly $1 billion to advance cancer therapies and save lives.

Every day, more than 350 LLS sponsored researchers come closer to the goal of finding a cure for leukemia and related blood cancers. Locally, LLS funds 4 researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and University of Washington Medical Center. Your support and commitment to the mission of LLS enables us to continue this important work of saving lives and aids us in our ability to reach patients in our community.

Thank you for your time and I hope that you will consider donating to this cause! Remember, every dollar counts when someone’s life depends on it!

2018 St. Balricks


We are shaving our heads to raise money for childhood cancer research! Did you know that kids’ cancers are different from adult cancers? It’s true. And childhood cancer research is extremely underfunded. So we decided to do something about it by raising money for cures.

Now we need your help! Will you make a donation? Every dollar makes a difference for the thousands of infants, children, teens, and young adults fighting childhood cancers.



Thank you for your support.

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.

Founding Member Visits Steese


Founding member Walt Weese with his son Dan and daughter in-law Heather in front of Station 61.

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.

Burn Permits

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 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