Alaska’s “emergency firefighter act” – House Bill 209 – was signed into law June 20, 2022, by Governor Mike Dunleavy, after receiving widespread support. The bill enables the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Fire Protection to train… Read More ›
Mooseheart Crew prepares for next assignment of 2022 fire season
On Sunday morning, Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service employee Hudson Plass inspected the Mooseheart Crew so it could be made available for its next fire assignment of the 2022 season. The inspection ensured that the crew had all… Read More ›
New law makes it easier to hire, train local firefighters
(Fairbanks, AK) – Governor Mike Dunleavy signed House Bill 209 “An Act relating to emergency firefighters” yesterday in Fairbanks that will help build the State’s mostly rural-based firefighting crews, strengthen local economies, and provide enhanced public safety to Alaska communities…. Read More ›
New wildland firefighters spent holiday weekend building skills
While many Alaskans enjoyed a relaxing Memorial Day weekend, 53 wildland firefighters-in-training were getting hands-on field experience at the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry’s Fire Field Day. The Fairbanks Area Forestry staff organized and hosted the event,… Read More ›
First of seven BLM AFS Type 2 contract crews available for wildfire response
The Mooseheart Crew with assembly points in Minto and Tanana got the honor of being the first of seven BLM Alaska Fire Service Type 2 contract crews available for the 2022 Alaska Fire Season.
State forestry offering virtual wildland firefighting class in February
Alaskans looking to start a career in wildland firefighting don’t have to wait until spring to take a class that will qualify them to work this summer. The Alaska Division of Forestry is piloting a new basic wildland firefighting (Red… Read More ›
BLM innovates rural Alaska wildland firefighting and keeps traditions alive
BLM AFS Type 2 contract crews are predominately made up of Alaska Natives whose families have spent generations working on emergency firefighting hand crews in Alaska, supplementing agency employee crews.
BLM AFS awards three contracts for Alaska village-based Type 2 wildland firefighting crews in Western Alaska
The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) awarded three contracts for additional Type 2 wildland firefighting hand crews based in Western Alaska villages. The contractors selected will base crews in the Galena Fire Management Zone that covers most of Western Alaska.
Solicitation period opens for BLM Alaska Fire Service Type 2 firefighting contract crews in Western Alaska
Potential contractors have until April 26 to submit proposals The Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service (BLM AFS) is accepting contract proposals for Type 2 wildland firefighting hand crews based in Western Alaska villages for the 2021 fire season…. Read More ›
BLM AFS seeking to add village-based Type 2 wildland firefighting contract crews in Western Alaska
Solicitation period expected Feb. 25- March 26, 2021 FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Contract proposals for Western Alaska Village-based Type 2 wildland firefighting hand crews will be sought for the 2021 fire season by about March 26, 2021, according to a pre-solicitation notice published… Read More ›