Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Emergency Services

The Mat-Su Borough Department of Emergency Services (DES) is charged with the protection of lives and property. The administrative staff is employed to help support all emergency services personnel in this critical service to our community.

The Department of Emergency Services is comprised of fire protection and emergency medical services; water, technical, off-road, and hazmat rescue services; emergency management and community preparedness programs; Enhanced 911 services; and emergency vehicle maintenance.

Contacts

Bill Gamble, Director
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Emergency Management

Plan and Prepare for Any Disaster



  • Assemble emergency kits. (See Basic Emergency Supplies.)

  • Keep copies of important documents (passport, driver license, social security card, marriage license, will, deeds, financial statements, etc.) in an offsite location n such as a safety deposit box.

  • To facilitate insurance recovery, include an inventory of your valuables with serial number list of tools and equipment and photographs or video of other valuables.

  • Use a USB jump drive to store these files. Make duplicate jump drives and keep one at home, and one in a safety deposit box or other off-site safe location n.

  • Learn how and when to shut off your utilities. (See Utilities.)

  • Discuss all possible exit routes from each room, building and neighborhood. Ensure that your family has at least two exits from each.

  • Reunification location: choose two places, one outside your home and another outside your neighborhood, like a church, community center, store parking lot, or other open area to meet at if you are separated.

  • Conduct emergency drills and practice “DROP, COVER and HOLD” for earthquakes at least once every six months.

  • Always keep your car’s gas tank at least 3/4 full.

  • Take classes on first aid, CPR and disaster preparedness. (See Training & Volunteer Opportunities).

  • Practice your plan once a year. Pick a weekend with nice weather to set up in your yard and use your disaster kit. This allows you to see how well it works and add to it before a real emergency.


Contacts


Casey Cook, Emergency Manager
(907) 861-8004
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EMS

EMS: A True Calling


Many say that being an EMT or firefighter isn't a choice, it's a calling. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough has some of the most dedicated responders in the state. They are available for EMS, fire, technical and water rescue calls.

The Central MAT-SU EMT's, paramedics, rescue technicians and firefighters are on-call paid staff. These dedicated men and women train and respond during their free time, juggling family events and scheduled sleep to aid a stranger in need.

Contacts


Lisa Behrens, EMS Deputy Director
(907) 861-8002
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EMS Administrative Staff:


Becci Lange, Emergency Services Support Specialist
(907) 861-8013
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Bill Mackreth, EMS Training Coordinator
(907) 861-8011
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Glenn Stevens, EMS Operations Chief,
(907) 861-8317
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Glori Strickler, EMS Instructor
(907) 861-8012
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Shari Turner, EMS Quality Assurance Manager
(907) 861-8010
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Scott Williamson, EMS Operations Deputy Chief
(907) 861-8322
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EMS Stations


Lake Louise First Responders
Chief: Mike Fassler
Station 15: (907) 822-3028

Sutton Ambulance
Chief: Cheri Day
Station 1-2: (907) 861-8111

Butte Ambulance
Chief: Jalan VanNice
Station 21: (907) 861-8021

Palmer Ambulance
Station 3-9: (907) 861-8039
Willow Ambulance
Chief: Ashley Cunnington
Station 12-3: (907) 861-8123

Westlakes EMS Department
Station 73: (907) 861-8073

Talkeetna Ambulance
Chief: Terry Mangione
Station 11-1: (907) 861-8115
Station 11-2: (907) 861-8116

Trapper Creek Ambulance
Station 14: (907) 861-8142

Fire

If your smoke alarm goes off:



  • Remain calm and get out.

  • Feel the door with the back of your hand before you open it. If it is hot, find another way out.

  • If you see smoke under the door, find another way out.

  • Drop to the floor to avoid hot smoke and toxic gasses in the smoke. Crawl to safety.

  • If your clothes catch on fire, STOP where you are, DROP to the ground, COVER your face, and ROLL over and over to smother the flames.

  • Call 9-1-1 from a safe location.

  • If you are trapped in a burning building, stay near a window and close to the floor. If possible, signal for help.

  • Do not go back inside the building unless instructed that is safe to do so.


Contacts


Ken Barkley, Fire Deputy Director
(907) 861-8003
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Central Mat-Su Administrative Staff:


(907) 861-8383
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James Steele, District 1 Chief
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Michael Keenan, District 1 Deputy Chief
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Tina Kennerson, Division Administrative Specialist
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John Beebe, Fire Service Assistant
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Tawnya Hightower, Fire Service Assistant
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Tara Wade, Fire Service Assistant
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Fire Code Office:


www.matsugov.us/firecode
(907) 861-8030

Jacob Boothby, Fire Code Official
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Richard Boothby, Fire Code Official
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Donald Cuthbert, Fire Code Official
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Michelle Wagner, Permit Technician
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West Lakes Administrative Staff:


(907) 861-8081

Bill Gamble (until position is filled), District 2 Chief

James Keel, Fire Service Assistant

Laurel Keel, Fire Service Assistant

Roy Roistacher, Fire Service Assistant


Willow/Caswell Administrative Staff:


(907) 707-5566

Mahlon Greene, District 4 Chief
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Fire Stations


Victory Volunteer Fire Department
Chief: Doug Thiessen

Sutton Fire Department
Chief: Chuck Carver
Station 1-1: 15625 N Glenn Highway
Station 1-2: 11317 N Jonesville Mine Road

Butte Fire Department Stations
Chief: Eric VanDusen
Station 2-1: 3355 S Old Glenn Highway
Station 2-2: 8271 S Ben Hur Drive

Greater Palmer Fire Department
Chief: John McNutt
Station 3-2: 5955 N Glenn Highway
Station 3-3: 5855 E Clark Road
Station 3-5: 8200 Turner Road

Central Mat-Su Fire Department
Station 5-1: 1911 S Terrace Court, Palmer, (907) 861-8320
Station 5-2: 7731 E Bogard Rd, Palmer
Station 6-1: 101 W Swanson Ave, Wasilla, (907) 861-8383
Station 6-2: 4568 S Knik-Goose Bay Rd, Wasilla
Station 6-3: 11021 W Horizon Dr., Wasilla
Station 6-4: 18297 W Point Mackenzie Rd, Wasilla
Station 6-5: 680 N Seward Meridian Pkwy, Wasilla, (907) 861-8000
Station 6-6: 2330 W Fairview Loop, Wasilla

Westlakes Fire Department
Chief: Bill Gamble (until position is filled)
Station 7-1: 1685 N Pittman Road
Station 7-2: 5182 N Pittman Road
Station 7-3: 1250 Spring Drive
Station 8-1: 3047 S Big Lake Road
Station 8-2: 1951 W Penny Kay Lane

Houston Fire Department
Chief: Tom Hood
Station 9-1: 13965 W Armstrong Road

Willow Fire Department
Chief: Mahlon Greene
Station 12-1: (907) 861-8121
Station 12-2: (907) 861-5005

Caswell Fire Department
Chief: Mahlon Greene
Station 13: (907) 892-6255

Talkeetna Fire Department
Chief: Eric Denkewalter
Station 11-1: (907) 861-8115
Station 11-2: (907) 861-8116


Water Rescue

Regular meetings are the first Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., Station 6-1, 101 W Swanson Ave, Wasilla.

Regular training is the Saturday after the regular meeting, all day, meet at Station 6-5, Wasilla, 680 N Seward-Meridian Pkwy, Wasilla.

Team pool time every Monday. Team members get together for an optional fitness/training session at Wasilla Pool.

If you are interested in joining the team, click here for the application checklist.

Contacts


Gary Klink, Dive Chief
c/o Station 65, (907) 861-8014