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The Airport Police and Fire Department delivers the highest standard of fire service to Alaskans and visitors from all over the world at one of the busiest cargo airports in the world. With a fleet of six Oshkosh 4500 Strikers, and two rapid-intervention vehicles, our firefighters are well equipped to conduct fire rescue operations.

Firefighting truck and flames

Fire Equipment

Through initial training officers will achieve proficiency with various firefighting tools, such as extrication equipment (Jaws of Life), ladders, fire-related hand tools, life safety ropes, hoses, and nozzles.

To give you an idea of the equipment we work with, outlined below are three of our fire fighting apparatus which maybe used in the event of an emergency:

Striker 4500

  • Powered by CAT C18 18 liter Inline 6 Cylinder Diesel Engine
  • 950 Horsepower
  • 2,400 foot-pounds torque
  • 6 speed Twin Disc Auto Transmission
  • 1,800 GPM Waterous Centrifugal Water Pump
  • (4) 29,000-pound Axles
  • 4,500-gallon water tank – 37,527 pounds of water
  • 630-gallon foam tank – 5,860 pounds of foam concentrate 
  • 500 pounds dry chem (Purple K)
  • Gross vehicle weight 108,000 pounds
  • Average Replacement Cost – approximately $1.25 million

Rapid Intervention Vehicle

  • Powertrain 6.7L 4V V-8
  • 385 Horsepower at 5,500 RPM
  • 21 feet long
  • 7 feet high at the cab
  • 8 feet wide
  • 500 pounds of dry chemical (Purple K)
  • 120 gallons of 3% pre-mix AFFF
  • 2 pre-connected hose lines
  • 1 dual agent hose line

APS60-FR Airstairs

  • Truck Chassis 13-foot Ford F-450
  • Minimum height 145 inches
  • Width 102 inches
  • Length at minimum height 343 inches
  • Minimum clearance from the ground – 8 inches
  • Platform dimensions 100 inches wide by 102 inches long
  • Total weight: 19,000 pounds
  • Max admissible load per step 500 pounds
  • Electrical system 12 VDC

Fire Duties


One of the primary responsibilities of being an Airport Police and Fire Officer is providing firefighting and rescue services in the event of an aircraft incident or accident at the airport. Officers are required to operate large and complex firefighting vehicles daily.

Additionally, officers may be required to respond to a wide variety of other firefighting emergencies such as structure fires and water rescue incidents. Fire officers also conduct educational tours for fire sciences, fire extinguisher classes with live burns, as well as building surveys for emergency response, and extensive fire safety checks with aviation refueling companies at the airport.

Fire Training & Certification

Upon completion of the fire academy, officers receive state certifications in Fire Fighter I, Fire Fighter II, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Hazmat Awareness, and Hazmat Operations. In addition to the first year of training, officers take part in an annual live-fire exercise and various other drills. Live-fire exercises give officers a chance to practice skills and techniques on an active fire in a controlled environment. Officers are trained to work as a team and must be able to function in highly charged situations. Continuing education is incredibly important in a career that's always changing. Officers will have opportunities to attend advanced Aircraft Rescue Firefighting classes and other advanced fire attack classes.

Fire Academy

Recruits will attend an in-house, four-month-long Airport Fire Training Academy at ANC. Upon completion they will receive state certifications in:

  • Firefighter I
  • Firefighter II
  • Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter (ARFF)
  • Hazmat Awareness
  • Hazmat Operations