New Employee Update: Two Recruit Firefighters

IMG_0970 (2)Welcome to two new City of Fairbanks Recruit Firefighters! Pictured here, with their training supervisor, Joy Beth Cottle, are Recruit Firefighter Tallan Baumfalk and Recruit Firefighter Hunter Gallien, with Mayor Eberhart.

Tallan was born and raised in Alaska. He joined the fire service inj Fairbanks in 2008. After working for a couple of the area departments he accepted employment with the Fairbanks Fire Department in January. When he’s not at work, Tallan enjoys spending time outdoors and playing with his dogs.

Hunter was born and raised in Alaska as well. He is one of the newest members of the Fairbanks Fire Department. Hunter jointed the fire service because of a desire to serve his community and because fast-paced dynamic nature of the job. When not at work, Hunter enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, and camping.

Proclamation: Multiple Agencies

IMG_0959 (2)Multiple agencies were recognized for their efforts during the large apartment fire in January: City Dispatch, Police, Fire, and Public Works, and mutual aid from Fort Wainwright Fire, University Fire, Steese Volunteer Fire, Chena Goldstream Fire, North Star Fire, and North Pole Fire departments were phenomenal in their response to this emergency. The proclamation below was signed by City Mayor John Eberhart, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins, and Mayor Bryce Ward from North Pole.

WHEREAS, on this day, the Fairbanks community pauses to reflect and recognize public servants whose actions, quick thinking and teamwork saved the lives of 13 people; and

WHEREAS, at or about 3:50 am on January 29th, 2014 dispatchers, police, fire, and public works staff from the City of Fairbanks, as well as responders from Fort Wainwright Fire and Emergency Services, University Fire Department, Steese Volunteer Fire Department, Chena Goldstream Fire and Rescue, North Star Fire Department, and the North Pole Fire Department responded to a mutual-aid structure fire at a multi-use commercial building and apartment complex located at 3550 Geraghty Street; and

WHEREAS, Fairbanks Emergency Communications Center dispatchers quickly and professionally coordinated mutual-aid and law enforcement efforts; and

WHEREAS, mutual-aid crews consisting of 59 firefighting personnel and apparatus from six fire departments swiftly rendered rescue, fire suppression and containment; and

WHEREAS, fire crews battled heavy fire conditions, smoke, water and extreme snow and cold; and

WHEREAS, Fairbanks Police Department personnel responded to jointly investigate causation; and

WHEREAS, City of Fairbanks public works staff responded by swiftly providing site security, traffic control and emergency thawing of storm drains that mitigated the freezing and contamination hazard potential of the 1.2 million gallons of water used to subdue and contain the fire; and

WHEREAS, exemplary leadership, decisive actions and teamwork led to the saving of 13 lives and the containment of a large and destructive fire:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Luke Hopkins, Mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and I, John Eberhart, Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, and I, Bryce Ward, Mayor of the City of North Pole, recognize the selfless service, teamwork and professionalism of all who responded to the rescue and fire-fighting effort the morning of January 29th, 2014.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands this 24th day of February, 2014.
— with Brenda Turk Geier.

Proclamation: Ben Seibels Public Works

IMG_0956 (2)Ben Siebels from our Public Works Department was honored for his role in working tirelessly to operate equipment to assist on scene at the apartment fire in January.

WHEREAS, on this day, the Fairbanks community pauses to reflect and recognize public servants whose actions, quick thinking and teamwork saved the lives of 13 people; and

WHEREAS, at or about 3:50 am on January 29th, 2014 dispatchers, police, fire, and public works staff from the City of Fairbanks, as well as responders from Fort Wainwright Fire and Emergency Services, University Fire Department, Steese Volunteer Fire Department, Chena Goldstream Fire and Rescue, North Star Fire Department, and the North Pole Fire Department responded to a mutual-aid structure fire at a multi-use commercial building and apartment complex located at 3550 Geraghty Street; and

WHEREAS, Fairbanks Emergency Communications Center dispatchers quickly and professionally coordinated mutual-aid and law enforcement efforts; and

WHEREAS, mutual-aid crews consisting of 59 firefighting personnel and apparatus from six fire departments swiftly rendered rescue, fire suppression and containment; and

WHEREAS, fire crews battled heavy fire conditions, smoke, water and extreme snow and cold; and

WHEREAS, Fairbanks Police Department personnel responded to jointly investigate causation; and

WHEREAS, City of Fairbanks public works staff responded by swiftly providing site security, traffic control and emergency thawing of storm drains that mitigated the freezing and contamination hazard potential of the 1.2 million gallons of water used to subdue and contain the fire; and

WHEREAS, exemplary leadership, decisive actions and teamwork led to the saving of 13 lives and the containment of a large and destructive fire:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Luke Hopkins, Mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and I, John Eberhart, Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, and I, Bryce Ward, Mayor of the City of North Pole, recognize the selfless service, teamwork and professionalism of all who responded to the rescue and fire-fighting effort the morning of January 29th, 2014.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands this 24th day of February, 2014.
(Amber)

Proclamation: Michell Daku – Red Cross

IMG_0964 (2)Michell Daku, American Red Cross Tanana Valley District Director, was honored at City Hall during Council Meeting on Monday night with a proclamation noting her agencies timely and compassionate assistance to victims of a fire that occurred in January. The proclamations were signed by City Mayor John Eberhart, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins, and North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward.

WHEREAS, on this day, the Fairbanks community pauses to reflect and recognize volunteers in action who, without hesitation rendered compassionate aid and assistance to the Fairbanks community; and

WHEREAS, at or about 3:50 am on January 29th, 2014 crews from the six fire departments were dispatched to a mutual-aid structure fire at a multi-use commercial building and apartment complex located at 3550 Geraghty Street; and

WHEREAS, mutual-aid crews consisting of 59 firefighting personnel and apparatus from six fire departments swiftly rendered rescue, fire suppression and containment; and

WHEREAS, all housing units were a total loss, displacing more than 50 people; and

WHEREAS, the American Red Cross, led by Tanana Valley District Director Michell Daku, quickly responded by establishing an emergency shelter, coordinating food and clothing vouchers and coordinating housing placement 17 families:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Luke Hopkins, Mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and I, John Eberhart, Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, and I, Bryce Ward, Mayor of the City of North Pole, recognize the selfless service of the American Red Cross and their important role in the combined mutual-aid response the morning of January 29th, 2014.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands this 24th day of February, 2014.
(Amber)

Proclamation: UAF BC Greg Coon

IMG_0962 (2)Battalion Chief Greg Coon of the University Fire Department was honored at City Hall during Council Meeting on Monday night with a proclamation noting his extraordinary heroism. The proclamations were signed by City Mayor John Eberhart, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins, and North Pole Mayor Bryce Ward.

WHEREAS, at or about 3:50 am on January 29th, 2014 University Fire Department Battalion Chief Greg Coon rescued a family of three small children and two adults from the second story of a burning apartment building; and

WHEREAS, Battalion Chief Coon, by displaying decisive initiative and action is credited with saving the lives of the five family members by using a portable extension ladder to effect rescue through heavy fire conditions, smoke, water and snow; and

WHEREAS, Battalion Chief Coon placed his own safety in jeopardy by taking immediate action in a dangerous situation:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Luke Hopkins, Mayor of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, and I, John Eberhart, Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, and I, Bryce Ward, Mayor of the City of North Pole, recognize Battalion Chief Greg Coon for his heroic act in service to the citizens of Fairbanks.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, we have hereunto set our hands this 24th day of February, 2014.

Arctic Park & Council Subdivisions Improvements Project Neighborhood Meeting Invitation

ArcticThe City of Fairbanks will be reconstructing Kennicott, McCarty, Wild Rose, & 16th Avenues and Ash, Bluebell, & Buttercup Streets this summer, and is hosting a second public meeting for the project on February 26 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at City Hall (800 Cushman Street, 2nd floor).

During the first public meeting held on December 18, a number of residents expressed interest in improving the on-street parking layout on Kennicott and McCarty Avenues, as well as providing traffic calming measures on Kennicott Avenue. One idea that was brought up during the meeting to accomplish these objectives was to change Kennecott and McCarty Avenues from two-way to one-way traffic between Lathrop and Ash Streets. This proposed alternative would not only provide better opportunity for on-street parking, but also help reduce the number of vehicle accidents from drivers pulling out of parking spaces. The purpose of the second public meeting is to review and discuss this alternative.

If you have any immediate questions or cannot attend the meeting, please contact Jackson Fox by phone at (907) 459-6758 or email jcfox@ci.fairbanks.ak.us. Written comments can also be mailed to: City of Fairbanks, Attn. Jackson Fox, 800 Cushman Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701.

Check back soon to see citizen and employee suggestions and the Mayor’s comments.

Healthcare

EMPLOYEE REQUEST: Could the City negotiate an agreement with TCC / Chief Andrew Isaac Health Center to help reduce the cost of employee healthcare?

Please check back soon to see the Mayor’s answer to this request.

Employee: Fire Chief Warren Cummings

102113 103City of Fairbanks Fire Chief Warren Cummings has been with Fairbanks Fire Department since 1972 and in charge of the Department since 1993. He is responsible for the 6 million dollar annual budget as well as 44 full time employees. During his tenure, the Fire Department has seen over 14 million dollars in capital improvements including construction of a new fire station. Chief Cummings has served in various officer positions in both the Alaska Fire Chiefs and the Western Fire Chiefs Associations (a 10 state region). He also is very active in the community and serves on the Moose International Supreme Council headquartered in Mooseheart, Illinois. Here, Chief Cummings is seen with his award for Interior Fire Chiefs Association Fire Chief of the Year. He is also a breast cancer survivor.
Photo: Amber Courtney

Code Enforcement for Littering

CITIZEN COMMENT: There is little enforcement of parking violations for the residential area of Fairbanks. Priority is given to the business district. Additionally, there are excessive violations of residential garbage pick-up, e.g., canisters w/o lids that result in rubbish scattered on the street by birds. I understand it is costly to enforce these violations when police are preoccupied with more severe matters: DV, theft, drugs. I would like to suggest a correctable/alternative pay option for the parking violation and waste storage violation. It would be like the seatbelt law that allows the offender to pay via donation to emergency services. If you violate the parking ordinance Sec. 78-391 or others, you could be given a community service option of snow shoveling 5 residential hydrants, picking up garbage left behind by the city works due to residential mis-storage. My suggestion is to help attend to multiple residential needs that the city can’t tend to due to lack of resources.

Please check back soon to see the Mayor’s answer to this request.