Girdwood Fire and Rescue Incorporated is a non-profit organization under contract to The Municipality of Anchorage to provide Fire, Rescue and EMS services to the Girdwood Fire Service District and the Turnagain Arm Community.
Girdwood is a rural community in Alaska. Our coverage area consists of 172 square miles with a population of 2800 residents and also encompasses hundreds of square miles of irreplaceable, environmentally sensitive wilderness areas that are home to threatened, endangered, and sensitive species. Roughly 95% of the land is public. We are the first responder to any incident involving the transportation corridor that contains the Alaska Railroad, the Seward Highway and the ENSTAR gas transmission pipeline. This corridor also contains the longest (2.5 miles) combination car and train tunnel in the United States, serving the critical deep water port at Whittier.
Girdwood's infrastructure includes residences, schools, day care centers, churches, restaurants and stores. We protect the largest ski resort in Alaska that includes a five star hotel that routinely hosts international events that in the past has included the Special Olympics, Alpine National Ski Championships, the Arctic Winter Games and the National Governors' Conference and frequently serves as a site for diplomatic meetings that include international leaders. We protect a National Forest Service Visitor Center, two Department of Transportation maintenance and operations facilities, two Railroad stations, a strip mall, a major water and wastewater treatment plant, as well as four electrical substations.
The Girdwood service area is located in a major seismic zone famous for the 1964 9.2 earthquake. Terrain ranges from 7000 feet in elevation to sea level at the shore of Turnagain Arm of the Pacific Ocean. Girdwood also has many single family homes, half of which are in an area without hydrants and presenting a large urban/wildland interface problem. Mutual aid is also given and or received to the following departments and agencies. Anchorage Fire Department, Hope Fire Department, Cooper Landing Fire Department, Whittier Fire Department, Alaska Mountain Rescue Group, State Of Alaska Division of Forestry and the Alaska State Troopers.
Become a Volunteer
No prior experience or certifications are required, and the training is FREE!
We provide an incredible atmosphere with state-of-the-art apparatus and equipment.
We offer American Heart Association CPR Certification courses.
Need to refresh your current CPR card? We do that too!
EMT 1 Certification
We Will be offering a state of Alaska Basic EMT Certification Class!
January 4th through March 8th. 2014