Alaska News

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Follow-up: NTSB releases preliminary report on Medevac plane crash in Unalaska

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on a medevac airplane that crashed into the waters of Unalaska Bay last month. While the early findings establish some of the facts surrounding the Jan. 16 crash, the chief of the NTSB’s Alaska Regional Office said it’s too soon to pinpoint the cause. “We’re still very much in the formative stages of the investigation,” said Clint Johnson. “However, (the report) does outline the circumstances and the weather conditions and the sequence of events that led up to the accident.” The LifeMed King Air Beechcraft plane went down about 100 feet northwest of the airport runway while trying to take off around 8 a.m. All three people onboard — a pilot, a paramedic and a nurse — evacuated to a life raft and were rescued with no serious injuries.
Alaska Public Media

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Cordova Volunteer Fire Department received over $200K in grants in 2019

The Cordova Volunteer Fire Department received over $200,000 in grant funding during 2019. This money brought the department updated training programs and new equipment, including a pair of tsunami sirens. The department has also requested a grant to fund an active shooter response training event. This event, which would take place in 2021, would include 20 participants from across Alaska. The department has provided active shooter training for Cordova schools for six years. The grant request was announced by Fire and Police Chief Mike Hicks at the Saturday, Feb. 8 Cordova Volunteer Fire Department Annual Banquet hosted at the Powder House bar and grill. The department has diversified members’ skills with workshops addressing everything from bomb disposal to containing ammonia leaks, Hicks said. “In today’s world, we do more than just put out fires,” Hicks said.
Cordova Times

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