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Service Area Fees


FISCAL YEAR 2011/2012



 City                                                        6.2 mills

 Borough                                                 5.0 mills

 TOTAL MILL LEVY                                  11.2 mills

NORTH TONGASS FIRE AND EMS SERVICE AREA  (includes Mud Bight and Waterfall)

Annual fee - $100

(applies to any lot with a structure or improvement

Borough                                                           5.0 mills

Nonareawide                                                     0.7 mills

North Tongass Fire & EMS Service Area              1.7 mills

TOTAL MILL LEVEY                                            7.4 mills



More Fee Information......

Title 50.130

Fee Explaination Letter

Service Area Board of Directors

North Tongass Fire and EMS Board of Directors

Service Area Board Minutes



Electric Baseboard Heater Causes Fire Damage

August 17, 2011


(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – City of Ketchikan Fire Chief Frank Share said the Ketchikan firefighters were busy Wednesday afternoon.  call came in to 911 dispatchers at 2:14 PM with a caller reporting “smoke and flames coming from the third floor windows” at 1650 Tongass Avenue, the Trident bunkhouse.  17 Ketchikan Fire Department members responded along with mutual aid provided by North and South Tongass Volunteer Fire Departments.


Fire leaves 10 homeless

July 19, 2011

In regards to the July 13 fire in Ketchikan, the American Red Cross provided assistance to the family of nine displaced by the fire. This assistance was provided through Katherine Wylie, a very busy disaster volunteer in Ketchikan. She made sure that the family had temporary lodging in a local hotel, and that they received financial assistance from the Red Cross for food, clothing, bedding and other needs.

On behalf of the American Red Cross I want to thank Kathy for being there to help this family, and others, in their time of need. I also want to thank the many donors that we have in Ketchikan and throughout our State who make it possible for the American Red Cross of Alaska to help the many disaster clients that it supports every year.

Ernie Mueller
Juneau, AK

About: Disaster Response Specialist, American Red Cross of Alaska. Juneau, Alaska 99801

Received July 15, 2011 - Published July 19, 2011


July 14, 2011


Thank you, Don Thornlow
By T.J. Wilson

A recent severe house fire in Ketchikan displaced many individuals, mostly children. In an effort to assist these people, my daughter called the hotels in town for a room for one night since the fire completely destroyed their home and contents, and it happened in the afternoon. With the exception of Don Thornlow of The Narrows, every other hotel in town declined to donate a room for the night


July 14, 2011


(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska –The Ketchikan Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire at 3518 Alaska Avenue Tuesday at 6:03 pm. According to Fire Chief Frank Share, the first crews arrived at 6:05 PM and reported heavy smoke and flames showing from a two-story triplex.  Fire crews were informed all 10 residents were out of the house.



Home fire likely caused by fire works
July 01, 2011


(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska – Early Thursday morning, South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department received a report of a structure fire with two occupants trapped inside. The 911 call was received by central dispatch at 1:24 pm.



Airport Jet Crash was 35 years ago
One died when Alaska Airlines 727 careened off Ketchikan runway


April 05, 2011
Tuesday AM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska -  Airplane crashes are not an uncommon occurrence around Ketchikan, but the one that happened on April 5, 1976, 35 years ago this week, was one of the most spectacular. As shocked local residents watched, an Alaska Airlines 727 landed in inclement weather and then went careening off the end of the runway and exploded into flames in a ravine near Government Creek.



Early morning fire destroys home, dreams

March 22, 2011

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - It is undetermined exactly how or when the devastating early morning fire started that burned Vivian Phillips' Pennock Island home to the ground on March 5th.



By Katy Suiter

March 21, 2011

In the early morning hours of March 5, 2011, my neighbor’s Pennock Island home burned to the ground. She lost everything but her life, her cat and a blanket - absolutely everything. The only evidence a house existed there are a few piling that held up the outer part of the large deck, and a small pile of ash blanketed with scorched metal roofing. I understand it was quite a sight from the Ketchikan side of the channel, and we had many calls from concerned friends who were worried about us.




Search for missing snowboarder suspended

March 21, 2011

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad (KVRS) officials suspended the search as of 3:30 pm Sunday for a 35 year old snowboarder Michael Madden missing on Deer Mountain after investing days in the search



Faulty electrical equipment cause of house fire

March 19, 2011

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire at 3442 Baranof Avenue this morning. According to Acting Fire Chief Frank Share, first arriving crews reported smoke showing from a two story residential house.  Fire crews were informed all residents were out of the house.




Troopers Arrest Ketchikan Teen in Stabbing Death

March 15, 2011
Tuesday PM

(SitNews) - Alaska State Trooopers arrested a Ketchikan teen Monday night for allegedly stabbing a man to death Saturday. Devin Rossiter, 18, is behind bars at the Ketchikan Correctional Center on a charge of second-degree murder.



Conditions on Deer Mountain Considered Extreme

January 14, 2011
Friday PM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Sunday morning members of the KVRS Mountain Rescue team hiked the Deer Mountain Trail. The team conducted winter rope rescue training and dug avalanche pits to assess the avalanche danger.



The Patriot Flag Coming to Ketchikan December 23rd

December 17, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - In cooperation with The World Memorial, a non-profit charity, the Ketchikan Fire Department announced that it is proud to have been selected to help in honoring those who perished in the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.



Cutting Public Safety
By Darlene Guzman

October 30, 2010

Every year Public Safety is on the chopping block for positions. I understand the hard times this community is going through but without police officers and firefighters it could be harder times for the citizens who need them.


City of Ketchikan Hires New Assistant Fire Chief

October 22, 2010
Friday PM

Ketchikan, Alaska - Frank Share, formerly of the Harrison Township Fire Department in Michigan has accepted the Assistant Fire Chief position with the City of Ketchikan Fire Department.



Vote No on KGB Prop 3: EMS and Fire
By Ed Fry

September 28, 2010
Tuesday AM

Dear North Tongass Residents:

Having had the privilege to serve as a Firefighter and Paramedic for over 20 years and the honor to teach administrators how to plan resource allocation and needs assessment, I do not support Proposition 3 and will vote no.



Tuesday's Vote - October 5th, 2010
by Ken Bylund

September 24, 2010
Friday AM

Proposition 3: On the $800,000 being considered for the North Tongass Fire & EMS; it seems likely that more will be required to rehabilitate this industrial property after the initial purchase price that should be brought to the attention of the voters.



Fire Stations
By Stephanie Sherva

September 21, 2010

It's been a long time coming, but the city is finally getting a new Downtown Fire Station. Too bad it doesn't fit the locale. Downtown has spent tons of tax dollars making itself look "old" and now they want a red and gray, modern, all angled building in the center of Downtown.




High temps, dry weather mean higher fire risk
Forest Service asks forest users to exercise caution with fires

September 20, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - Recent high temperatures, dry weather and fire can be a risky combination. Fire officials on the Tongass National Forest are asking that all area residents, campers, hunters, and day users of the national forest be cautious with any fire.


Proposed New Ketchikan City Fire Station Presented to Rotarians

September 17, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - The proposed new City of Ketchikan Fire Station was the subject of the presentation to the Rotarians luncheon at the Cape Fox Lodge on September 14th. Addressing the Rotarians were Tim Whiteley and Deanne Teeter of Bettisworth Welsh Whiteley Architects and Ketchikan Fire Chief Jim Hill.



Guard, Ketchikan Police, Alaska State Troopers respond to people in water in Ward Cove

September 18, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Coast Guard, State and local agencies responded to a report of people in the water after a crane on a barge overturned Thursday evening in Ward Cove near Ketchikan.



Road Construction
By David Hull

September 07, 2010

I would like to echo the comments by Al Johnson on the road construction crew working on the North Tongass Highway project, especially the flaggers. We have had several occasions to pass through the construction area on our way to an emergency call and the people with the stop signs got us through every time with very little wait time.



Older ELT units can pose a safety concern for the general aviation community

September 03, 2010
Friday PM

Ketchikan, Alaska - At 3:10 am Thursday, the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad's office received a call from United States Coast Guard Sector Juneau requesting assistance in locating a 121.5 Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) transmitting in the Ketchikan area. The USCG reported Ketchikan flight service was hearing the signal very strong just south of the airport.



Grant Funding Brings Plan Review Training to Ketchikan

August 21, 2010
Saturday AM

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Fire Department hosted a National Fire Academy and State of Alaska Fire Service Training sponsored "Fire and Life Safety Plan Review" class August 16th through 20th.



Investigators on scene of Alaska crash

August 12, 2010

Dillingham, Alaska (UPI) -- Investigators were searching Wednesday for a reason why a plane crashed in Alaska, killing five people, including former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, officials said.



Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens dies in plane crash

August 10, 2010

(SitNews) - Ted Stevens, the colourful American senator from Alaska, has been killed in a plane crash that occurred 17-miles north of Dillingham, Alaska Monday night.


By Joey Tillson

July 31, 2010

A while ago, I posted a letter on SitNews stressing the importance of community and how this is my home. The many events over the course of a year have put many of us all in stressful, hurtful times. But I will tell you and stress it again, what I love about this town is the sense of community you will NOT find anywhere else. No matter what walk of life each of us has stumbled into, we are still community.




Grant Funding Puts Lifesaving Equipment at
the Port-of-Ketchikan and in KPD Cruisers

July 30, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - As part of The Alaska Code Blue Project, the Ketchikan Fire Department has been awarded a grant from Southeast Region Emergency Medical Services "SEREMS" that will place two (2) Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) on the Port-of-Ketchikan and three (3) AEDs in Ketchikan Police Department vehicles. One additional AED, with more advanced features, will be placed in a Ketchikan Fire Department Incident Management vehicle.



Ketchikan Pilot Killed In Crash  

July 23, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - A Ketchikan pilot was killed in a float plane crash north of Ketchikan Friday morning. Josh Murdock, 38, was the sole occupant in a 1959 DeHavilland Beaver owned by Pacific Airways of Ketchikan that crashed at about 7:30 a.m.



Fire Station #7 Location Under Consideration

June 10, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - The North Tongass Fire & EMS (NTF&ESA) Board of Directors has approved pursuing the possible purchase of the lot and vacant building located at 10540 North Tongass Highway for Fire Station 7 according to Fire Chief Dave Hull.


Awards Presented to Members & Volunteer Fire Department  

May 06, 2010
Thursday PM

Ketchikan, Alaska - Members from the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department were in attendance to accept awards at the 26th Annual South East Region EMS Council (SEREMS) symposium held in Juneau, on April 24, 2010.


NTVFD and KFD Host Training

February 25, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - The North Tongass Fire Department and Ketchikan Fire Department hosted a 48-hour Paramedic refresher course February 15th - 20th.


February 10, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - It is every Fire Chief's nightmare, a lost firefighter, trapped in a burning building and running out of air.




December 29, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - The North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department (NTVFD) held its annual awards ceremony December 12th. Awards, voted on by members of the department, are intended to acknowledge extra efforts made by members throughout the year according to information provided by Chief Dave Hull.



U S D A and Rural Development Logos

How Rural Development Helped: Through the “Code Blue” project which is funded
through Rural Development Community Facilities and contributions from other entities
including the State, the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department (NTVFD) purchased an
ambulance and specialized rescue gear.

USDA Code Blue Program Success Stroy

Web Link

House Fire: Troopers "Heroes" says Fire Chief  

November 06, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - Chief Dave Hull of the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department said fire caused about $50,000 to $75,000 damage to a house at 89 Jenck Road, belonging to Frank and Melissa Garrison and sent the woman and a trooper to Ketchikan General Hospital with smoke inhalation.


October 23, 2009

Fire Safety Education
By Liz Hook  

I would like to send a thank you out to all the firefighters who donated their time to help run the Fire Safety Trailer this last month.


October 23, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - On a cloudy Saturday morning in April, the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department (NTVFD) was evaluated by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) to see how North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department's firefighting capabilities matched up to their standards and other fire departments in the nation.


August 08, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - Friday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $16,535 from the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) for Fire Prevention and Safety to the North Tongass Fire Department in Ketchikan, Alaska.


June 10, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - Sunday morning June 7th, at 6:52 a.m., members of the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department responded to the area of 8385 North Tongass Highway for a report of a vehicle rollover with a person trapped inside.


April 08, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - If you were driving by the old pulp mill site last Saturday morning (April 4th) you might have wondered what was going on. Fire engines and water tankers were lined up waiting for their turn for action.


January 06, 2009

I want to thank the four volunteers that gave my dad (Dale Gilmore) a ride to our house on Christmas day and picked him up and took him back to long term care.



January 03, 2008
Thursday AM

Ketchikan, Alaska - 2007 was a year in which tragedies struck during the summer visitor season and again right before Christmas.



January 12, 2008
Saturday AM

With all the tragedy that has befallen Ketchikan recently, I think a small group of people is consistently overlooked when it comes to "back patting" or "thank you's". This group consists for those civilian individuals who choose to get involved by calling 911 and assisting the victims in the earliest moments of an emergency.


January 07, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - The North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, in association with the North Tongass Fire & EMS Membership Association and the North Tongass Fire & EMS Service Area Board of Directors, will be holding a dedication ceremony Friday, February 8th starting at 6:30 pm. The ceremony will mark the dedication of the Fire Station located at 13110 North Tongass Highway, known as Station 8, in honor of James 'Jim' Elkins, former area Representative and the person at the forefront in the deliberations for funding to build fire stations in the North Tongass said NTVFD Fire Chief David Hull.


Station 8 Dedication

November 18, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - If you need help, can those providing assistance find you?


November 24, 2008
Monday PM

The Ketchikan, North Tongass, and South Tongass Fire Departments; with assistance from the State of Alaska Division of Fire and Life Safety, presented the Juvenile Fire-setter Intervention Specialist-I class November 17th and 18th at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.


December 16, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - The North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department held its annual Christmas Party and annual awards event at the North Tongass Community Club on Saturday, December 13th. At the annual event, four personnel were singled out for awards for their hard work and dedication in 2008.


December 23, 2008
Tuesday AM

I want to say a huge thank you to the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department for adopting our family this year for Christmas. Also, a big thank you to Pt. Higgins Elementary for thinking of our family when it came time to choose!



January 02, 2007
Tuesday PM

I would like to add some comments to the proposed changes and doubling fees that the district is putting out is a lot of misinformation as well as half truths by adding a 3rd full time firefighter to the department.


January 03, 2007
Wednesday PM

Regarding the proposed tax increase for North Tongass residents to fund additional firefight/EMT: I echo Ed Fry's statements regarding a feasibility study as well as more number-crunching. NTVFD call-out volume and call-out type, (minus canceled calls) would also be helpful information provided to the tax-paying public.


January 03, 2007
Wednesday PM

I believe to suggest that Residents in the [NT] North Tongass Fire and EMS Service Area, might agree to a FEE increase, is underhanded. This is another TAX INCREASE and is isolated in double-speak terminology to disguise and conceal the true sum of our TAX burden.


January 06, 2007

At the present time I am against hiring a new employee for the North Tongass VOLUNTEER Fire Department.



January 09, 2007
Tuesday PM

I am against an increase in the service fee for additional personnel for the new North Tongass Fire Department. I was unable to go to the meeting due to horrible weather conditions and voice my opinion.



January 09, 2007
Tuesday PM

I received a phone call from Steve Phillips, board member NTVFD, telling me I was wrong about the $95K pay package, that might be offered to a new full time employee of the North Tongass volunteer Fire Dept. I also found out from Mr. Phillips the requirements of a new employee, should a new employee be hired, would be in fact quite high: fire fighter I and EMT II. the pay for such talent might run between $71-77K for the package which includes medical, retirement and other aspects required by State Law. I was also told my "real" rate would be an increase of about 19%, not 100% because of a property tax millage decrease. In addition, if the insurance rating of the department goes up and all things remain equal my insurance rates might go down quite a bit. This is better news.



January 10, 2007
Wednesday PM

Dear Viewpoints and North Tongass Residents:

Again, more half truths and sugarcoating; politics I do not do. Disapprovingly, the qualifications of an EMT I or II are a level that does provide some basic care, but they do not concur that of a Paramedic; the original article quoted a salary (did not mention benefits) of over $70K. When I retired from the lower 48, my base salary as a State certified Paramedic/Firefighter/Firefighter Instructor was no where near that salary, even with benefits and a funded Florida State Retirement Pension!



January 13, 2007
Saturday PM

I have been following the recent discussions regarding the proposed addition of a paid firefighter/EMT II position for Ketchikan's North Tongass Fire Department (NTFD). As a person who spent the majority of his adult life (thus far) in the fire service, I would like to offer comment on what may become a contentious issue.


April 05, 2007
Thursday PM

On behalf of the membership of the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, I want to express my condolences to the family and friends of Jim Elkins. Jim worked hard for the Ketchikan area and particularly hard for this department.


June 12, 2007

Ketchikan, Alaska - Forty-one firefighters from South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department and the Ketchikan Fire Department responded late Friday afternoon to a home fire located at 6292 Roosevelt Drive, approximately six miles south of Ketchikan.



August 13, 2007

Ketchikan, Alaska - Firefighter/EMT Scott Hildebrandt has joined North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department as their newest career member.



August 20, 2007


Ketchikan, Alaska - A specialized team from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived in Ketchikan Friday to begin their in depth investigation into the cause of the second fatal air tour crash to occur in Ketchikan in the past three weeks.


November 13, 2007


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $83,833 in an Assistance-to-Firefighters Grant (AFG) to the Metlakatla Volunteer Fire Department in Southeast Alaska.


November 16, 2007


Ketchikan: Two confirmed cases of MRSA in Ketchikan School District - The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District (KGBSD) announced Thursday that two confirmed cases of MRSA in school district have been reported. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus commonly known as MRSA is a type of "staff" infection that is resistant to many antibiotics and frequently causes skin infections. If left untreated, MRSA can spread to a more serious illness stated the news release.


December 17, 2007


Ketchikan, Alaska - A home fire has claimed the lives of three Ketchikan children over the weekend. The two youngest children, ages 3 and 5, were pronounced dead on the scene and a seventeen year-old who was transported in critical condition for medical care was pronounced dead Saturday evening. The children succumbed to smoke inhalation.


December 31, 2007


Ketchikan: One killed in North Tongass Highway Crash -  Alaska State Troopers say an early-morning vehicle accident on the North Tongass Highway Saturday has killed a 24-year-old woman.




January 23, 2006
Monday AM

Ketchikan, Alaska - After 9/11, firefighters and emergency medical service (EMS) personnel became the unsung heroes of America. Ask any firefighter or EMT and they'll say they're just doing their job, but how many jobs involve saving lives at the risk of their own?


January 24, 2006


Ketchikan: Difference between life and death can be just a click away By M.C. KAUFFMAN - A piece of fabric can make the difference between walking away from an accident, being transported to a hospital, or worse - being transported to a morgue. Do you hear that life-saving click of your seat belt before you crank up that magnificently powerful machine and head out to work, the grocery store, cruising with your pals, or perhaps a special event? January 25, 2006

Wednesday AM



January 25, 2006

Ketchikan: Can Emergency Responders Find You? By LOUISE BRINCK HARRINGTON - It was the middle of the night when North Tongass Fire Department EMS Lieutenant Jerry Kiffer got a radio call that an elderly woman was having a medical problem. During the call the 911 dispatcher, located in downtown Ketchikan, informed Kiffer that the woman lived near North Point Higgins Road and gave him the woman's address. But due to privacy regulations the dispatcher could not relay the woman's name.


I have been doing this for a number of years now and it still amazes me to see who walks away from vehicle crashes and who needs to be carried away. Who is injured and who escapes. Who lives and who dies. The damage to the vehicle does not necessarily dictate the injuries the occupants receive. Sometimes it is luck. To say otherwise is ignoring the obvious. Having said that however, some of the luckiest people I have observed over the years all wore seatbelts. Do you wear yours? Do your kids wear theirs?


February 04, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - Though the celebration went of without a hitch, it was not your typical ribbon-cutting ceremony.

It was a ceremony of traditions-both old and new.



March 01, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - After attending Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) courses around the community, twenty-seven Emergency Medical Technicians graduated Saturday after successfully completing their final testing.


March 15, 2006

Ketchikan: Crash kills one, injures five - Alaska State Troopers, the Ketchikan Police Department and North Tongass Fire Department responded to the area of 11.4 mile of the North Tongass highway Tuesday afternoon at approximately 3:12 pm to a report of a two vehicle collision.


April 18, 2006



 Ketchikan, Alaska - No one was home at the time of the fire which destroyed the home of Robert and Vicki Inkster at 52 Carlton's Drive. The fire in the Pond Reef area north of Ketchikan was first discovered in its early stages by a neighbor, Derek Flom, who acted quickly and called 911. North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dave Hull said the report of the fire came in at 12:30 pm Sunday, Easter day. Hull was on dispatch at the time and took the call. He said, "The report was of a fire on the outside front of the house that was building fast."




April 27, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - On May 1st, 2006, Gretchen Skillings will begin her duties as a City of Ketchikan career firefighter becoming Ketchikan's first woman to be hired as a firefighter. No stranger to the department, Skillings has served for thirteen years as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and five years as a dispatcher. She has been an active part of volunteer firefighter service since June 2004 and received her Firefighter II certification last year.


May 07, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - If you have driven by the construction site for North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department's fire station #8 you might have seen trucks parked near the intersection. According to NTVFD Fire Chief Dave Hull, as of April 20th three rigs were moved from their former location at 12.5 mile North Tongass Highway to the new station 8 location at 13110 North Tongass Highway.


May 12, 2006


North Tongass receives brand new ambulance through the Code Blue project.




May 22, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - Ken Kiffer, a charter member of the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, will retire from his position as volunteer firefighter/EMT III with the department effective May 31st. Kiffer has been an active volunteer firefighter/EMT in the North Tongass area for many years. "Well more than he will admit to anyway," said Chief Hull.


June 24, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - Throughout the day Friday officials were still investigating the cause of the fire at 618 Front Street which destroyed an unoccupied house Thursday afternoon. The home is owned by Jack Shay of Ketchikan.


July 10, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Fire Departments were honored Monday morning at City Hall with the presentation of a Legislative citation by Representative Jim Elkins of Ketchikan. The citation presented to the South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, the North Tongass Fire Volunteer Department and the Ketchikan Fire Department commended the dedication of all the firefighters, and EMS workers. Also commended were Ketchikan doctors, Dr. Earnest Meloche and Dr. William Anthes.


October 02, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - According to information released by Jim Hill, Assistant Fire Chief of the Ketchikan Fire Department, just after 8:00 PM on Saturday , KFD received a 911 call reporting a fire at 212 Tatsuda. At that time, the caller(s) reported a woman and baby were still inside the residence.


November 17, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - - "North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department stands ready to respond to any and all calls when people in trouble need us, but PLEASE, ask people to slow down and take the road seriously," said NTVFD Chief David Hull. "We do not want the disastrous winter we had last year. I have seen a lot of people driving faster on these icy roads to 'somewhere' than I am allowing my personnel to drive in an emergency," said Hull.


December 06, 2006
Wednesday AM

Ketchikan, Alaska - Dr. Ernie Meloche celebrated his 61st birthday Tuesday night with friends at the Saxman Tribal Hall. Dr. Meloche shared his poetry and songs he has written and presented a slideshow of photos he has taken on his travels around the world. He told tales of the things that have made his life so rich, sharing the funny stories of love, living and laughter.


Decenber 31, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - Some Ketchikan residents in the North Tongass Fire & EMS Service Area could see an increase in their fiscal year 2007-2008 service area fees if a proposal to hire a third full-time firefighter for the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department (NTVFD) is approved.



January 06, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - With a steep gravel road making accessibility difficult, traffic along the North Tongass was blocked Wednesday as firefighters responded to a house fire at 4742 North Tongass Highway.


January 17, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - If you were to stop by at Station 2 on Saturday the 8th, you would have thought the world was coming to an end. There were people gathered in a room frantically going over notes and practicing skills, others were struggling to get into their protective clothing and breathing air packs, still others could be seen tying knots and hoisting tools with ropes or sitting in a cramped trailer answering questions about smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.


January 18, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - The firefighting class that started on October 5, 2004 was taught under strict national standards and the students will receive a State of Alaska Firefighter I certification recognized by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).


January 24, 2005

The Alaska Division of Fire Prevention announced that no children under the age of 19 died from fire in Alaska in 2004. This is the first year without a child fire death in Alaska since recording began in 1961.


Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Fire Grants

AFG Success Stories
This page contains a synopsis of a fire department that has been awarded an AFG Grant.

North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department
Ketchikan, Alaska

What They Bought With the Grant:

·  Training for firefighters and EMS

·  Personal protective equipment

·  Firefighting and rescue equipment

·  Wellness and fitness activities


February 03, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - At the first anniversary celebration Tuesday night, Lieutenant Jerry Kiffer was awarded the first ever Firefighter of the Year Award presented by the members of the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department (NTVFD).


April 1, 2005

On Saturday April 2nd the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department in conjunction with both the Ketchikan Fire Department and the South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department will be conducting an extended tanker drill from 10:00 in the morning to around 1:00 p.m. The purpose of the drill is to test our ability to deliver 250 gallons of water per minute for a period of two hours. This is a basic test that ISO, the insurance rater, requires in determining classification rates. The lower the ISO rate, the better the insurance rate that is available.


April 5, 2005

The drill on Saturday, April 2nd was very successful. Not only were we able to meet our goal of 250 gallons per minute water flow, we were able to up that to 500 gallons per minute and still kept up. The pictures show some of the drill site, including the equipment and personnel involved. Everyone worked hard to make the drill a success.


May 17, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - The month of May has been a busy time for the members of the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department and the Ketchikan Fire Department.

Lt. Jerry Kiffer is finishing up on an Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) class that will test out this Saturday May 21st at Station 6, 7332 NTH . The Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) class is a great class and gives the student training in life saving skills and proper patient handling.


May 31, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Volunteer Search and Rescue (KVSR) recently provided training to Guardian Flight medics and nurses which will increased local search and rescue response capability during weather that will not allow planes and helicopters to fly to outlying islands for medical transport. 



June 10, 2005
Friday - 1:45 am

Ketchikan, Alaska - With sirens screaming down North Tongass highway, firefighters from three local fire departments and the United States Forest Service responded quickly to a brush fire that reportedly began near the west end of North Point Higgins Elementary School around 4 pm Thursday. With Ketchikan experiencing very dry conditions and afternoon winds, the fire quickly spread from the west to the east running a line behind the North Point Higgins' parking lot toward two water cisterns that supply water to the elementary school.


June 11, 2005

I want to personally thank all of the great professional help that responded to Point Higgins School on Thursday afternoon. Every one of the participants was a true professional. There were volunteer firefighters from every part of this community, career members of the Ketchikan Fire Department, Alaska State Troopers, Temsco, KVRS, Forest Service, School Officials, Ward Cove Market making us incredible pizza, and we have to thank all the employers who let their volunteer firefighter employees off to fight the fire. The list goes on for quite a while.


June 17, 2005

This is another plea for fire safety. The City Fire Department had a very busy day on Wednesday and needs to be commended for their professionalism and their skill in responding to all of the calls. No large losses and no one got hurt. While all that was going on in the City, Darlene Guzman, the fire dispatcher, had to tone North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department out on a couple of EMS calls. The dispatchers are often the unsung heroes during an emergency and the fire dispatchers sure got a workout on Thursday. Let's give them a little breather, what say.


June 19, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - Jeff Owings completed his Eagle Scout project at Fire Station #1 with a donation of 20 backboards he constructed with the help of other Scouts and local businesses. Members of four local fire agencies were on-hand Friday afternoon for the presentation of the backboards which are used to carry injured persons.


June 21, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - Due to the continuing dry conditions Borough Manager Roy Eckert, in cooperation with Fire Chief Mark Malone of the South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Chief David Hull of the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, is calling for a ban on all outside burning in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough until such time as the weather conditions are more favorable. Recent fire events in both the City and in the Borough have highlighted the very real danger of the drought like conditions locally.


June 27, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - An 11-year old girl was injured when she ran into the roadway without looking and was struck by a passing vehicle. The accident took place around 4:16 pm Sunday at 11.2 mile North Tongass Highway.


Summer 2005

The Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) and Rural Fire Assistance (RFA) programs provide assistance in training, equipment purchases, and prevention activities, on a cost share basis. The assistance is provided to increase firefighter safety, improve the fire fighting capabilities of rural volunteer fire departments, and enhance protection in the urban-wildland interface.


July 01, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - With the recent rainy weather dampening the area enough to lower the fire danger in all regions, the request for a curtailment of open burning has been lifted. North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department Chief Dave Hull said, "The National Weather Service is calling for a chance of showers through the Fourth of July weekend, but we all know it won't rain on the parade." In spite of the weather prediction, the danger is not completely past, said Fire Chief Hull.


August 11, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - "Word has just arrived from Stan McCoy, the Fire Management Officer with the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District, that a high fire danger warning was issued today for the Ketchikan area because of the dry conditions and winds," said Dave Hull, Chief of the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department.


August 17, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan residents along with residents in other Alaska communities are seeing an increase in emergency response and law enforcement activity this week as operation Alaska Shield/Northern Edge is in full swing.


August 19, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - In a fictitious scenario set in Ketchikan for a large scale Alaska Shield/Northern Edge training exercise, "Charles Smedley" sets off some homemade potassium cyanide bombs at Alaska Marine Highway System headquarters Thursday killing several people and injuring many others. "Smedley" aimed to do in his wife "Martha" and have it blamed on the terrorists who were recently in Ketchikan to poison the salad bar.


December 12, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - The North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department celebrated Christmas with a casual holiday potluck dinner at Clover Pass Resort Saturday, December 10th. Yearly awards were presented at the dinner including the first ever EMS Person and Support Person of the Year Awards. This year's recipients are Firefighter of the Year, Lieutenant Paul Hook; Support Person of the Year, Jill Giles, A-Team Member; and EMS Person of the Year, Jack Rodgers, EMT II.



January 29, 2004
Thursday - 12:30 am

North Tongass Fire Department Chief Steve DeChellis said the North Tongass Fire Department is now prepared to respond to all fires and EMS calls in the North Tongass District.


March 10, 2004
Wednesday - 1:10 am

Lt. Jerry Kiffer, Program Manager for the North Tongass Fire Department 's (NTFD) Emergency Medical Services, said since February 1, 2004, the NTFD officially began providing the North Tongass service area residents with fire and ambulance services. Kiffer said since the 1st of February, they have responded to three fire calls and six medical calls.


May 21, 2004

Ketchikan, AK - It was a blessing that no one was injured during the fire that completely destroyed Kathleen Diggs' home at 210 Strawberry Road last Friday morning. A week ago, three people lived in the home, one a child. Now their home, clothing, furniture and all their belongings are gone - but not their friends and neighbors and not their community.


September 06, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - What has been called a stubborn blaze caused substantial damage Sunday to a three-story house located above the downtown tunnel at 411 Front Street. According to information provided by David Hull of the Ketchikan Fire Department, the fire was difficult to fight due to the construction and the age of the building. Firefighters were eventually pulled off the structure when smoke and fire conditions along with increasing instability of the structure itself made interior operations too dangerous for the firefighters.




March 12, 2003
Wednesday - 12:15 am

Ketchikan: Voters who turned out at the polls overwhelming said yes to forming a North Tongass Fire and EMS Service Area according to the unofficial results of Tuesday's special election. There were 396 yes votes reported to 49 no votes. Voting in the special election was limited to those residents of the proposed new service area.


June 18, 2003
Wednesday - 9:20 pm

Ketchikan, AK - Alaska State Troopers and firefighters from the South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department and City of Ketchikan Fire Department responded to a house fire Wednesday morning at approximately 10:50 am near Mile 15 North Tongass Highway.



August 02, 2003

Ketchikan, AK - On Friday evening, over 200 hundred people gathered in Ketchikan to honor Lt. David "Dave" Hull of the Ketchikan Fire Department on his official retirement - or as Hull expressed earlier, his graduation. Hull has served as a firefighter for over twenty years and has also contributed over eight years of volunteer service.


August 11, 2003
Monday - 12:40 pm

 Ketchikan, AK - On Sunday, August 3rd, the North Tongass Fire Department received a new tanker truck at a cost of $220,000. On order are two more tankers, two fire engines and an ambulance.


August 12, 2003
Tuesday - 1:15 pm

The North Tongass Fire & EMS Department located at 7332 North Tongass Highway will hold an Open House on Sunday, August 17, 2003 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.


August 12, 2003
Tuesday - 1:15 pm

Ketchikan, Alaska - The new fire chief of the North Tongass Fire Department is Steve De Chellis. De Chellis said he was born in 1952 and raised in Glendale, a town outside of Los Angeles. He lived in Glendale and worked for the Los Angeles Fire Department for 20 years before retiring in 1993.




Release Date: October 9, 2003
Release Number: R10-04-09

» 2003 Region X News Releases

Anchorage, AK -- Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response, announced 122 grants to fire departments throughout the U.S. in the eighteenth round of the 2003 Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The grants will ultimately total approximately 7,000 awards worth $750 million in direct assistance to firefighters. Included in the announcement of this latest round was an award of $335,643 to the North Tongass Volunteer Fire Department for fire operations and firefighter safety.



October 16, 2003
Thursday - 12:45 am

Ketchikan, AK - Most people think of Halloween as a time for fun and treats. However, roughly four times as many children ages 5-14 are killed while walking on Halloween evening compared with other evenings of the year, and falls are a leading cause of injuries among children on Halloween.


November 3, 2003
Monday - 12:10 am

Ketchikan, Alaska - Saturday, thirty firefighters from the Ketchikan City Fire Department, along with four firefighters from the South Tongass Volunteer Fire Department, and two firefighters from the North Tongass Fire Department conducted firefighting training for approximately four hours at two vacant houses on the corner of Madison Street and 4th Avenue.



September 02, 2002
Monday - 2:00 pm

A Memorandum of Agreement between the Pond Reef Volunteer Fire Department and the Ketchikan Gateway Borough that would allow for the Borough to acquire the private volunteer fire department's assets and make the transition from a private to a public fire service will be considered by the Assembly at their next regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, 2002. The meeting will be held in the Ketchikan City Council Chambers and is scheduled to begin at 5:30 pm.


May 09, 2002
Thursday - 8:40 pm

Ketchikan: Pond Reef Fire Dept. responded to a fire on Moore Drive in the North Point Higgins area around 6:30 pm Thursday evening.