The Board of Directors is a body of elected members who jointly oversee the activities of the A.A.F.A.I. The efforts of these members promote the training and education of fire investigation professionals across the State of Alaska.
Started his Fire Service career in 1994 in Hanover County, Virginia and is now the Senior Captain, Training and Safety Officer for the Nikiski Fire Department where he has worked since 2002. He has 22 years of experience in fire and emergency services. From 1996-2002, he was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard working at various assignments as well as a civilian employee with Coast Guard Fire. He was appointment to the Alaska Fire Standards Council in 2011 and continues to serve as a member of the council. He is a member of several professional associations to include the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, International Association of Arson Investigators, Alaska Association of Fire and Arson Investigators, Fire Department Safety Officers Association and the National Fire Protection Association. He is also the Program Director/Adjunct Instructor for UAA/KPC Firefighter program.
IFSAC Firefighter II, IFSAC Hazmat Operations, IFSAC Rescue Technician, Alaska Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI Fire Investigation Technician, IFSAC Fire Officer I, IFSAC Fire Instructor II, ISFSI Live Fire Instructor, Alaska EMT 3, and ERDI Public Safety Diver.
Started out his fire service career at age 11 as a member of the fire explorer post with the Cordova Vol. Fire Department in Cordova, Alaska in December 1990 and became a volunteer there in October 1995. He had an early start since his father, who recently retired from the department as a deputy chief with over 38 years, was volunteer. Dan earned an A.A.S. degree in Fire Science through the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is working towards a bachelor degree in Fire administration. He was a volunteer firefighter at the North Star Vol. Fire Department starting in September 1997. He worked two weeks on and two weeks off for Alyeska Fire & Rescue at the marine tanker terminal in Valdez, Alaska from April 1999 through September 2002, leaving as a senior captain. Dan did a very brief stint as a deputy state fire marshal for the Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office from November 2002 through March 2003, where he left and was hired by North Star Vol. Fire Department as a paid firefighter and then lieutenant. In July 2005 Dan was hired by Capital City Fire & Rescue as a fire inspector and in June 2006 became the first deputy fire marshal for the dept. Dan is currently Fire Marshal for Capital City Fire & Rescue in Juneau, Alaska, a position he has held since 2008.
IFSAC Certified Firefighter-II, Fire Officer-I, ICC Fire Inspector II, and Fire Service Instructor. He is also an IAAI Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI Certified Instructor, and a graduate of the National Fire Academy - Executive Fire Officer Program.
Rachel started her fire investigation career in May of 2011 as a volunteer for South Tongass VFD in Ketchikan, AK. She earned her first investigator certificate AK-FIT) in June of 2012 and in September of 2016 became Alaska’s first female to attain IAAI-CFI. Rachel is a member of AAFAI, IAAI, and the secretary for the Ketchikan Arson Task Force. She is currently STVFD’s Investigation Team Leader and has a full-time career as the fire/EMS Lieutenant and Training Officer for STVFD.
Alaska Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI-Fire Investigation Technician, IAAI-Evidence Collection Technician, IAAI-Certified Fire Investigator, IFSAC Firefighter II, IFSAC Hazmat Awareness/Operations, IFSAC Fire Instructor II, Alaska EMT-3, Alaska EMT-1 Instructor.
Is currently the Fire Chief. Ernie is a CFEI (Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator) with the National Association of Fire Investigators. He is a founding member of the Alaska Association of Fire & Arson Investigators. He also was part of the group who established the Certified Fire Investigator Program in Alaska. Originally from Northwest Indiana (just outside Chicago), he started his emergency services career in 1973 with the US Army Fire Department at Ft. Rucker (Alabama) before being assigned to Alaska US Army Garrison Fire Department at Ft. Wainwright. Since starting his career, he has worked for the military fire department, US BLM, Department of Defense Fire Protection, US Air Force Fire Protection, Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office, North Star Volunteer Fire Department, the City of Fairbanks Fire Department and now Salcha Fire & Rescue. He is (since 1984) an adjunct instructor with the University of Alaska CTC (Community & Technical College) in the Fire Science Program. His passion is fire prevention and has been a strong advocate of residential fire sprinklers as well as fire safety education. He is an NFPA LNTB and RISK Watch Champion and has worked to implement and been part of various fire and life safety education programs both locally and statewide. His vision is … Looking to the future…a Fire Free Alaska.
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