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Name: Michael Tilly


Education: Fire Science Degree


Family: N/A


Current Occupation: Fire Chief City of Kenai


How many years were you with the University of Alaska Fire Department?

3 years


What is your favorite memory, story, experience, etc. while at the University Fire Department?

In accordance with the semi-legal document my fellow alumni and I had entered into at the time of our departing UAF, I am legally bound to not disclose any stories.  J  This goes for all the rest of you also! (Styers)  They were amazing times full of fond memories, great experiences and fantastic friendships that have lasted a lifetime.  There are times when I have to raise a glass and thank the administrative staff at UAFD for giving me the education and the encouragement to turn a passion into a career and ultimately give me the ability to raise a family comfortably, contribute to my community and represent those Chief Officers as the next generation of fire fighters in the state.      


Brief History/Biography: I left UAF around 1988 to go to Paramedic school at the University of Iowa.  Upon returning, I got back into the Fire Hall to finish up my degree and shortly afterwards I got hired at the City of Kenai in September of 1990.  I was the first Paramedic hired for the City and the first UAF graduate to get hired here.  (Thank you to Chief Vern Long)  Since that time we have hired 7 or 8 UAF graduates with 4 presently still on staff.  I was fortunate to get into the City after a long time of stagnation and those hired before me retired shortly after I got here.  Opportunities for advancement allowed me to advance to the Assistant Chief’s position after 10 years and I have been the Fire Chief for the last 7.  Kenai has been a great place to work and raise kids with great schools and plenty of outdoor activities.   23 years of career service.