The Girdwood Fire Department is a combination department with both full-time staff and volunteers. Full-time career personnel are on shift every day working with volunteers on responses. The department is overseen by a community-elected Board of Directors.

Chief Officers

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Chief, John Banning

Bio Coming Soon!

 

 
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Deputy Chief, Manch Garhart

Manch has been a member of the department since 2007, bringing with him 18 years of experience in both private and public sectors of emergency services. His career began as a guide for skiing and climbing both in the Cascade Mountains of Washington and internationally. Prior to his acceptance of a full time position at GFD, he was employed by the University of Alaska Anchorage as the University Safety Officer and as Adjunct Professor-College of Health. He currently fills the role of a Type 3 IC for The Alaska SAR Incident Management Team and is versed in numerous regulatory compliance agencies including NFPA, OSHA, DOT.  His Academic education includes degrees in Emergency Management, Emergency Services, and Fire Science. His certifications include Firefighter Instructor, Technical Rescue Instructor, FEMA NIMS/ICS Instructor, ASHI Training Site Coordinator / Instructor Trainer, Alaska EMT III/ACLS, Hazmat Technician and others. Chief Garhart oversees fire and rescue training for Girdwood Fire Department.  


Officers

Senior Captain Matt Olson FO-1/ENG/EMT-3

Senior Captain
Matt Olson
FO-1/ENG/EMT-3

Lieutenant Joe Casassa FF-2/ENG/EMT-2

Lieutenant
Joe Casassa
FF-2/ENG/EMT-2

Firefighters

Paula Bogdan FF-1/EMT-3

Paula Bogdan
FF-1/EMT-3

Sydney Boyd FF1/EMT-1

Sydney Boyd
FF1/EMT-1

Anna Ferntheil FF-1/EMT-3

Anna Ferntheil
FF-1/EMT-3

Connor Gamache FF-1/EMT-3

Connor Gamache
FF-1/EMT-3

Gibson Gamel FF-1/EMT-1

Gibson Gamel
FF-1/EMT-1

Captain JC Capron FF-2/EMT-3

Captain
JC Capron
FF-2/EMT-3

Lieutenant Position Vacant  

Lieutenant
Position Vacant
 

 
Dana Goodman EMT-1

Dana Goodman
EMT-1

Sarah Howard FF-1/EMT-1

Sarah Howard
FF-1/EMT-1

Jeremy Kusmider FF-1/EMT-1

Jeremy Kusmider
FF-1/EMT-1

Ky Martin EMT-2

Ky Martin
EMT-2

Tyler Morris FF-1/EMT-1

Tyler Morris
FF-1/EMT-1

Captain Rob Mullowney FF-2/ENG/EMT-3

Captain
Rob Mullowney
FF-2/ENG/EMT-3

Lieutenant Ken Murphy FF-2/ENG/EMT-3

Lieutenant
Ken Murphy
FF-2/ENG/EMT-3

 
Nicole Olson EMT-3

Nicole Olson
EMT-3

Richard Parry FO-1/ENG/MICP/Past Fire Chief

Richard Parry
FO-1/ENG/MICP/Past Fire Chief

Will Parry FF-2/ENG/EMT-3

Will Parry
FF-2/ENG/EMT-3

Eph Roberts FF-2/EMT-2

Eph Roberts
FF-2/EMT-2

Jewel Shibley EMT-2/RN

Jewel Shibley
EMT-2/RN

Captain Josh Heuer FF-2/ENG/EMT-3

Captain
Josh Heuer
FF-2/ENG/EMT-3

Lieutenant Steve Bartholomew FF-1/ENG/EMT-2

Lieutenant
Steve Bartholomew
FF-1/ENG/EMT-2

 
Gavin Strahan EMT-2

Gavin Strahan
EMT-2

Steve Turkington FF-2/EMT-2

Steve Turkington
FF-2/EMT-2

Sabino Vasquez FF-1/EMT-2

Sabino Vasquez
FF-1/EMT-2

Jack Vice BLS

Jack Vice
BLS

Lynn Whitcomb FF-1/EMT-3

Lynn Whitcomb
FF-1/EMT-3

 

Resource Members

Christina Dixon
Administration

Mike House
Senior Drill Instructor-AFD Retired

Board of Directors

President Ken Waugh

Treasurer Deb Essex

Director Mike House

Secretary Gibson Gamel (Member Advisory Chair)

Vice-President Ben Habecker