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.