Anchorage Fire Station 1 is located in downtown Anchorage and is primarily responsible for fire and emergency medical responses in the Downtown, Government Hill, and Fairview communities. Fire Station 1 also serves the Port of Anchorage along with the Ship Creek Industrial areas.
Station 1 has long been a fixture in our community starting out as one of two fire stations built in 1916 to protect the city during the construction of the Alaska Railroad. Originally called “The Anchorage Fire Hall” it was constructed in the area that is today located at F Street between 4th and 5th Avenues. In the early 1960’s Station 1 moved from that location to a new public safety building on the corner of 6th and C Street, where the new Anchorage Museum now sits. In 2001 we moved into our new “house” on the corner of 4th and A Street.
Now nicknamed “The Big House” Fire Station 1 houses Engine 1, Engine 2, Truck 1, Battalion Chief 1, HazMat 1, and Medic 1. Approximately 15 firefighters, Emergency Medical Technicians, and Paramedics staff Fire Station 1 daily during our 24 hour shifts. These crews still remain as one of the busiest fire stations in Alaska.
2008 Emergency Response Numbers:
Engine 1 – 2124 Responses
Engine 2 – 2434 Responses
Medic 1 – 3949 Responses
Truck 1 – 829 Responses
Fire Station 1 also serves as the home of the Hazardous Materials Response Team. The firefighters at Station 1 are specially trained as hazardous materials technicians and respond to incidents involving hazardous materials throughout the city. Additionally, we are apart of a statewide response team for Hazardous Materials incidents and must be ready to respond statewide. Our members are constantly educating themselves on the subject of HazMat at schools across the United States. These opportunities are provided by federal grants our department applies for keeping the cost to a minimum.
If you are interested in seeing some of Anchorage’s firefighting history, we invite you to visit our Anchorage Fire Museum located adjacent to our station in the headquarters building. It houses on of the two original 1922 American LaFrance fire engines that protected Anchorage’s early settlers along with other historical firefighting tools and equipment. The museum is open daily to the public and we welcome you to come by and visit.
Latest News for Station 1
Saturday, February 20, 2010
When you live in a community that’s adopted “Big Wild Life” as its slogan, you expect that people who live in it are going to have an attraction to the outdoors. Some people joke that part of Anchorage’s draw is that it’s close to the “Real Alaska,” but how many cities can boast that their residents can canoe, kayak, and raft in rivers and lakes, scale cliffs, climb mountains, and even kite-surf all within their city limits? And one of the best things about playing in our wild backyard was that the Anchorage Fire Department was available to help out, if our residents had an unfortunate accident. Unfortunately, this may not be the case in the not too distant future… (more…)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Anchorage Fire Station 1 is located in downtown Anchorage and is primarily responsible for fire and emergency medical responses in the Downtown, Government Hill, and Fairview communities. Fire Station 1 also serves the Port of Anchorage along with the Ship Creek Industrial areas. (more…)
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Fire Engines carry small hose used to attack fires, large hose used to pump water from a hydrant to another engine, and ground ladders. Typically engines will carry 3-4 personnel. Engines also respond to medical calls, so they carry Advanced Life Support equipment such as cardiac monitors. In an Emergency Medical System like we have here in Anchorage, engines respond with Mobile Intensive Care Units (ambulances) to assist with patient care, or in the event that an ambulance is unable to respond right away, to initiate patient interventions and stabilize the situation until an ambulance can get to the scene. There are 14 fire engines in the Anchorage Fire Service Area, covering just under 1700 square miles. (more…)