Sitka, Alaska

September 25th - 30, 2017

Started fire service career in 1957, with California Division of Forestry. Worked for US Forest Service on the Sierra, Sequoia, Los Padres National Forests in a variety of fire protection positions and at Redding, California, as a Smokejumper. Employed with the U.S. Air Force October, 1970. Served as a company officer, fire prevention technician, assistant fire chief, Chief of Fire Protection of the Alaskan Air Command, and for 13 years as Fire Chief at Eielson AFB, AK. Retired from federal service May 1990. From 1990 to 2004 seasonally employed with the State of Alaska, Division of Forestry, fighting wildfires, instructing public fire safety education programs, conducting fire investigations, enforcement and training. Has been an instructor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks since 1974. Employed as Assistant Professor, Emergency Services Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks 8/07 – 6/08. Has a post-secondary teaching certificate and graduate of the National Fire Academy, Executive Fire Officer Program. Occasionally serves as an adjunct instructor for the academy. Has been a consultant for fire protection since 1980. Services include management assistance, training, fire investigation, engineering assistance, fire safety education, incident management systems, and fire prevention programs. Developed and presented training program for Village Public Safety Officers at Alaska State Public Safety Academy, and deliver Basic Firefighter Course at rural Alaska communities. Involved with the National Fire Prevention/ Education Teams since 1996 as team training cadre member and team leader. Adjunct member of Alaska Type I National Incident Management Team 1987 to 2007.

Paul Urbano is a 31-year fire service veteran. He’s been a member of the Anchorage Fire Department for 22 years and currently serves as the senior fire captain at downtown Fire Station #1. He enthusiastically enjoys sharing his experiences with others yet remains passionate about being a continual student of the fire service.

The 2017 Alaska Fire Conference will be held in Sitka, Alaska the week of

September 25 - 30, 2016.

The Alaska Fire Conference is Co-sponsored by the Alaska Fire Chiefs and Alaska State Firefighters Associations in cooperation with the State of Alaska Fire Marshals Office, Training and Education Bureau.

2017 Alaska Fire Conference

Paul Urbano

Loren C. {Bud} Rotroff

Keynote Speakers