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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Deputy Chief, Manch Garhart

Deputy Chief Garhart 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  Will Parry FF-2/ENG/EMT-3

Lieutenant
Will Parry
FF-2/ENG/EMT-3

 
  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

  Eph Roberts  FF-2/EMT-2

Eph Roberts
FF-2/EMT-2

  Jewel Shibley  EMT-2/RN

Jewel Shibley
EMT-2/RN

  Gavin Strahan  EMT-2

Gavin Strahan
EMT-2

  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

 
  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