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AAS degree in Fire Science 1986 (Tanana Valley Community College (CTC))

Paramedic licenseĀ  1996 (Tidewater Community College, VA)

BA Human Resources 2012 (University of Alaska)

Masters in Public Administration 2014 (University of Alaska)



I am currently married to Elizabeth Styers (1991)

We have two daughters, Lauren and Amanda


Current Position-

Battalion Chief (University Fire Department)


Time with UFD-

I was a student fire fighter from 1983 to 1986

Hired as full time staff in 1991 to present


Favorite Memory-

Things at the UFD have change a lot from my student time to current practices. I love seeing the students that have left for employment in other places. When they return for a visit, they always have great stories to tell about where they currently are working, and how much this organization has helped them achieve their goals.


Brief History-

I started my career at North Star Volunteer Fire department. After entering my first fire, I knew what I wanted to do for a career. I was hired as a student fire fighter and continued my education at the same time. I moved to Kansas City and work there (on the Kansas side) for the next several years. Working in a large department was what I always wanted to do.


I found working in such a large organization I was only a number. Wanting to do more I was hired back to UFD in 1991. I love working with the students. They are always eager to learn.