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

Chief, John Banning

Bio Coming Soon!

 

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 Cascare 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.  

Team 1

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

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

 

Firefighters

Paula Bogdan
FF-1/EMT-3

Dana Goodman
EMT-1

Jeremy Kusmider
FF-1/EMT-1

Tyler Morris
FF-1/EMT-1

Jeramiah Moss
FF-2/EMT-2

Brian Kneaper
FF-1/EMT-2

Gavin Strahan
EMT-2

Steve Turkington
FF-2/EMT-2

Team 2

Captain
JC Capron
FF-2/EMT-3

Lieutenant
Emily Tyrrell
FF-1/EMT-3

 

Firefighters

Sydney Boyd
EMT-1

Anna Ferntheil
FF-1/EMT-3

Susan Goodwin
RN/EMT-1

Ky Martin
EMT-2

Will Parry
FF-2/ENG/EMT-3

Sabino Vasquez
FF-1/EMT-2

Jack Vice
BLS

 

Team 3

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

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

 

Firefighters

Gibson Gamel
FF-1/EMT-1

Sarah Howard
FF-1/EMT-1

Joshua Hern
Paramedic

Nicole Olson
EMT-3

Tobias Sandberg
FF-1/EMT-1

 

Team 4

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

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

 

Firefighters

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

Connor Gamache
FF-1/EMT-3

Eph Roberts
FF-2/EMT-2

Derek Ruckel
FF-1/EMT-1

Jewel Shibley
EMT-2/RN

Lynn Whitcomb
FF-1/EMT-3

 

 

 

Resource Members

Christina Dixon
Bookkeeper

Mike House
Senior Drill Instructor-AFD Retired

Board of Directors

President Ken Waugh

Treasurer Deb Essex

Director Mike House

Secretary Nikki Olson (Member-at-large)

Vice-President Ben Habecker