Scholarship Application Period Open

The Chena-Goldstream, Steese, and University Fire Departments have developed a joint firefighter recruitment process. The consortium is designed specifically for student firefighters and scholarship firefighters looking to combine real on the job experience with their college education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. One application will apply for one or all departments, depending on your preference. 

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Job Announcement – Engineer/Medic

Notice of Job Opening

Engineer/Medic – Fulltime/paid

Salary: Doe with benefits                                               Opening Date: December 14, 2018 Closing Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm

Job Summary:

This is a non-exempt position reporting directly to a Shift Captain. The position provides initial response to fire, EMS, rescue and hazardous materials in the Steese Fire and EMS Service areas. This position serves as an apparatus driver for emergency response when needed as well as Lead Medic at the EMT 3A level.  Performs daily fire department business, facility & equipment maintenance, and equipment checks. May be assigned special areas of responsibility (i.e. PPE & Uniforms, Hose Testing, EMS)  The position requires attendance at all weekly and assigned training classes, instructs during recruit training and participates in training drivers. The Engineer/Medic must achieve developmental benchmarks as outlined in the “Terms of Employment” of this document.  Engineer/Medics will function as Acting Captains as needed. The position calls for working a rotating 24-hour shift, 48 hours off or 8 hours per day/ 40 hours per week schedule.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 19 years of age
  • 2 years of active experience as a structural firefighter.
  • Physically fit to perform fire ground duties/task performances to include entry into structure fires. Department physical ability test must be passed prior to hiring and on an annual basis.
  • Pass the department’s medical physical prior to hiring and pass on an annual basis.
  • Current valid Alaska Driver’s License with three years of driving experience and maintain insurability under SVFD’s vehicle insurance policy.
  • State of Alaska or IFSAC Firefighter I
  • Current State of Alaska EMT-3 certification.
  • IS-100, IS-700 certification.
  • Certified by current or past fire department to operate a fire apparatus (engine, tender, or quint) for emergency response.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • State of Alaska or IFSAC Firefighter II
  • State of Alaska Fire Apparatus Driver/Pumper/Mobile Water Supply operator
  • State of Alaska MICP
  • Associates degree in municipal fire control or related field
  • Associates degree in paramedicine or related field
  • State of Alaska or IFSAC Fire Instructor I
  • State of Alaska or IFSAC Fire Officer I
  • State of Alaska Rapid Intervention Technician
  • State of Alaska Hazardous Materials Technician
  • Currently authorized by a department to operate as a lead medic at the EMT-3A level
  • NWCG Firefighter Type 2

Submit your resume, certificate copies, driving record, background release, and the employment application by emailing them to or apply in person at  Steese VFD, 800 William C. Leary Lane, Fairbanks, AK 99712

Please review the full job description and download the employment application.

Engineer-Medic Full Job Description

Steese Application



Job Announcement – Assistant Fire Chief

Join our Team. Under the general direction and supervision of the Deputy Fire Chief, the primary duties of the Assistant Fire Chief shall be:
1) Responsible for the efficient management and implementation of department EMS & FIRE training programs for career and volunteer staff members. This position reports directly to the Deputy Fire Chief.
2) Responsible for the oversite of the recruitment and retention program of all member classifications.
3) Duties include administrative, supervisory, staff training, instructing, technical fire and emergency service duties at all levels encompassing emergency response, participate in Battalion Chief Coverage, hands-on fire ground, EMS and rescue activities, and serve as Incident Commander when needed. The Assistant Chief shall serve as an example in teaching, coaching and mentoring of all personnel.
4) Maintain physical fitness to perform arduous emergency scene duties.

The job closes December 7, 2018.

Assistant Fire Chief Full Job Description

Steese Application



2018 Annual Banquet Awards.

Our annual award banquet for 2017 was on Saturday, May 12th. We had a great turnout and a great time was had by everyone.

We would also like to thank Fort Wainwright Fire Department for providing coverage during the awards ceremony.

Every year we honor the bravery, sacrifice, and dedication of our members through these awards; this year’s recipients are examples of these qualities.

Annual Awards


Rookie of the year – Nhikitoa Soto Del Carpio

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Driver of the year – Levi Weis

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Medic of the year – Noah Hamm

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Firefighter of the year – Zachary Yoder

We would like to recognize the following members for their dedicated years of service to the citizens of Steese Fire District.


15 Years of Service – Sarah Czech

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.

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Fellow Firefighter – Allen Williams

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Fellow Medic – Noah Hamm

The statistical award program recognizes volunteer and live-in members training and volunteer hours. 

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Most Volunteer Training Hours with 69.75 hours – Joseph Byrnes

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Most Volunteer Live-In Training with 247.5 Hours— Max Heineken

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Most Volunteer Live-In Hours with 6556.5 hours – Noah Hamm

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Most Volunteer Hours (nonlive-in) with 1069.75 hours – Samantha Hatfield

Congratulations everyone and we are looking forward to another great year of service.

Congratulations Firefighter Hatfield

We are very happy to announce that one of our volunteers Samanatha Hatfield graduated from the UAF Paramedic Academy today. Her hard work and perseverance have paid off and she will soon leave for her externship. Congratulations Hatfield, you have done a great job and we are proud that you are a member of our Department


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.


Congratulations to our Scholarship Firefighter’s for their academic achievement

We would like to congratulate the following student firefighters for making the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Chancellors and Dean’s lists. This is a great accomplishment while volunteering 56 hours a week and being a full-time student.

Chancellor’s list (Students receiving a 3.9-grade point average or higher are placed on the chancellor’s list.):

Noah Hamm

Linsey Murphy

Adrian Rodriquez


Dean’s list (Students receiving a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.89 are named to the deans’ list.):

Zachary Yoder