To serve our members through professionalism and leadership thereby enhancing the Fire/Rescue/EMS services of Alaska.
In the Line of Duty:
The Alaska State Firefighters Association, as a whole would like to thank everyone who attended Saturday's services for Senior Captain Bayless. There were departments represented throughout Alaska and the northwest. It was an impressive sight all the patches on the Class A uniforms from all over. Rest in Peace Senior Captain Bayless. Again our condolences to his family and the members of the Anchorage Fire Department.
Senior Captain Bayless’ family has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations in his honor be made to the following organizations.
Anchorage Downtown Soup Kitchen
Food Pantry of Wasilla
Chief Dave Squires Retires
The Twenty-eighth Alaska State Legislature joins the City of Seward in thanking Chief Dave Squires for his service and congratulates him on his retirement, May 31, 2013, after serving 28 years with the Seward Fire Department. In total, Chief Squires has served 43 years in the fire protection industry which is an amazing accomplishment..
Chief Squires has been associated with fire services since the age of 18. He served in
Air Force Fire Protection while in England and at Eielson Air Force Base outside of Fairbanks. In October of 1984, while stationed at Eielson Air Force Base, he was faced with a transfer out of Alaska or a furlough from service because he had achieved too high a rank. He chose the furlough and accepted a fire fighter's position with the Seward Fire Department. He knew a fire fighting career in Alaska would bring stability to his family and he liked the looks of Seward.
Chief Squires worked his way up through the fire department, appointed acting fire chief in 1997 and then appointed fire chief that same year. He is known for his passion for the safety and wellbeing of fellow fire fighters and his extensive knowledge about emergency services. He was known never to shy away from giving his opinion and when he did, people listened.
The success of Chief Squires' tenure is recognized through the effectiveness of the Seward Fire Department. Seward hasn't experienced the big, destructive and often-fatal fires that have wreaked havoc in other communities.
Known to have as much vitality as the Energizer Bunny®, Chief Squires, in his retirement, has taught a comprehensive three-day class on driving and operating fire engines and tankers, is a volunteer at the Seward Fire Department and recently has been elected to the Seward City Council. Even in retirement, he continues to serve his community. The Twenty-eighth Alaska State Legislature takes great pleasure in honoring Chief Squires for his 28 years of dedicated service for the City of Seward.
Time to start planning for the fall conference in Kenai this year. James Dye and the crew have been hard at work making sure this years conference will be a good one. Hope to see everyone there. More Information will be available soon.
Email List for ASFA Members:
The ASFA has started a new Email List Service. If you are interested in being added to the list please contact Robert Dennard to be added. This will be a way for the membership to get information out to other members. There will be some monitoring and you might have your posting privileges removed it there is spam or inappropriate emails distributed. Thanks.
Alaska Fire Service Awards
The Annual Fire Service Awards are presented to outstanding members of the fire service in Alaska each year at the Alaska Fire Conference Awards Banquet. The awardees are nominated by their peers for exceptional service to their communities during the previous year.
• Firefighter of the Year
•Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year
• William A. Hagevig Fire Service Instructor of the Year
•Ken Akerley Fire Service Leadership Award