Rich Etheridge

Fire Chief, Juneau Fire Department

Juneau, Alaska


I began my career in emergency services began in the summer of 1991 as a wild land firefighter for the State of Alaska Division of Forestry on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.

In 1992, I joined the Glacier Volunteer Fire Department here in Juneau, Alaska as a Volunteer Firefighter and EMT. I remained an active volunteer until October of 1998. During this time, I was also employed by the Juneau Recovery Center as an EMT and spent a year working at the Kensington Mine as an EMT/Security Officer. I was active with the local Gastineau Chapter of the Alaska State Fire Fighters Association and served as the Chapter Vice President. I spent several years on the Glacier Fire Department Association Board serving as Vice President and President.

1998 I expanded my public safety background as an Alaska State Trooper, working in the Kenai Peninsula and Talkeetna areas. Some of my assignments were, Village Public Safety Officer Supervisor for the Soldotna Post, as well as a Field Training Officer in Soldotna.

In October of 2002, I returned to Capital City Fire Rescue as the departments Prevention Officer. I have also held the position of Fire Marshal, Career Division Chief and Acting Fire Chief and have been serving as the Chief of the department since 2010.

I have been actively participating on the Local Emergency Planning Committee Board 2002 to 2009 as a member, Vice Chair and Chair. I He has also served on the Alaska Arson Investigators Board of Directors for several years. I spent time on the Board for the Alaska Municipal League I am currently the Immediate Past President of the Alaska Fire Chiefs Association.

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