Alaska News

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

No survivors found after plane crashes, catches fire in Fairbanks area, officials say

VIDEO/PHOTOS: No survivors have been found after a plane crashed Tuesday morning on the Tanana River, according to authorities. The Alaska State Troopers reported in a dispatch that the plane crashed on the river southwest of Fairbanks near Kallenberg Road, roughly 7 1/4 miles southwest of Fairbanks International Airport. Federal Aviation Administration records for the plane indicate it is a Douglas C-54, a modified military version of the Douglas C-4 civilian airliner. In an update, troopers said two people were onboard when the plane took off at 9:55 a.m., but no survivors have been found. Troopers said they received word of the crash at 10:03 a.m. Troopers asked the public to avoid the area as first responders arrive to the scene.
KTUU-TV NBC 2 Anchorage

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Preparing Tomorrow’s Firefighters: The 2024 Alaska Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy at Birchwood Camp in Chugiak

From April 21st to April 30th, 25 aspiring firefighters from across Alaska are gathered at Birchwood Camp in Chugiak for the 2024 Alaska Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy. Cadets are pushed to their limits, both physically and mentally. Through teamwork, discipline, and unwavering determination, they learn to overcome obstacles, persevere in the face of adversity, and emerge as stronger, more confident wildland firefighters. The Alaska Basic Wildland Firefighter Academy is more than just a training program; it is a rite of passage. Over the course of ten intense days, cadets undergo rigorous physical training, classroom instruction, and hands-on firefighting exercises. From grasping the intricacies of firefighting tools, portable pumps, and chain saws to gaining insight into fire behavior and safety protocols, they delve into a comprehensive curriculum crafted to lay the groundwork for their careers.
Alaska Wildland Fire Information

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