Department mission

The mission of the Fire Department is to preserve life and property using community volunteers and career personnel to deliver ground and air emergency medical services, rescue, fire suppression, prevention, and training.

General information

The North Slope Borough Fire Department responds to emergencies and other events in all the North Slope communities. The department responds to fires, medical emergencies, fuel spills for the purpose of preventing ignition, alarm system activations, surface water rescue, search and rescue support or coordination, local emergency management operations, reports of carbon monoxide, and other services. These services are provided in each of the outlying villages, with a paid staff assisting local volunteers in responding.

The Fire Department provides medical professionals to staff the critical care air ambulance and medevac services. The primary mission of this service is to transport residents from village clinics to the most appropriate medical facility.

Department personnel provide training to members, as well as supporting education of community health aides and others in prehospital emergency medicine. The department provides instructional personnel to support the fire science and emergency medical courses offered through Ilisagvik College. The department works to address mandatory training requirements for staff and volunteers.

Mechanics are responsible for preventative maintenance of equipment and repair for all departments. All personnel in the department are multi-role and expected to be immediately available to respond to emergencies.

Fire prevention efforts are geared toward reducing risk to target populations. The most focused effort is the annual campaign sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association. Fire personnel may conduct home fire safety inspections and other risk reduction activities throughout each year. We continue to encourage homeowners to install residential fire sprinklers where feasible.

Public Fire Prevention and Safety programs geared toward the school age children within our North Slope communities are performed annually by fire department staff, volunteers and explorers.


Brian Reiselbara, Fire Chief/Director
Phone Number: (907) 852-0234
Fax Number: (907) 852-0235

Taylor Elbert, Deputy Director
Phone Number: (907) 852-0234
Fax Number: (907) 852-0235

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