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

Otto Feather, Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EMS Administrative Staff:

Becci Lange, Emergency Services Support Specialist (907) 861-8013 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Bill Mackreth, EMS Training Coordinator (907) 861-8011 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Steven Heyano, EMS Operations Chief, (907) 861-8317 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Glori Strickler, EMS Instructor (907) 861-8012 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vacant, EMS Quality Assurance Manager (907) 861-8010
Vacant, EMS Operations Deputy Chief

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: Jennifer Hales
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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Central Mat-Su
Administrative Staff: (907) 861-8383 www.matsugov.us/cmsfd 

James Steele, District 1 Chief This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Michael Keenan, District 1 Deputy Chief This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tina Kennerson, Division Administrative Specialist This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
John Beebe, Fire Service Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tawnya Hightower, Fire Service Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tara Wade, Fire Service Assistant This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fire Code Office:

www.matsugov.us/firecode (907) 861-8030
Jacob Boothby, Fire Code Official This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Richard Boothby, Fire Code Official This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Donald Cuthbert, Fire Code Official This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Michelle Wagner, Permit Technician This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

West Lakes Administrative Staff: (907) 861-8081

John Fairchild, District 2 Chief This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
James Keel, Fire Service Assistant
Laurel Keel, Fire Service Assistant
Roy Roistacher, Fire Service Assistant

Willow/Caswell
Administrative Staff: (907) 707-5566
Richard Boothby, District 4 Chief This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 Chief: James Steele
 
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: John Fairchild
 
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: (Currently Vacant)
 
Station 9-1: 13965 W Armstrong Road
 
Willow Fire Department Chief: Richard Boothby
 
Station 12-1: (907) 861-8121
Station 12-2: (907) 861-5005
 
Caswell Fire Department Chief: Richard Boothby
 
Station 13: (907) 892-6255
 
Talkeetna Fire Department Chief: Eric Denkewalter
 
Station 11-1: (907) 861-8115
Station 11-2: (907) 861-8116

Fire Code & Life Safety Forms

Application for Family Child Care Home
Detail Download
Application for Modification
Download
Application for Plan Review
Detail Download
Application for Residential Care/Assisted Living Facilities
Detail Download
Knox Box Ordering Instructions
Download

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