• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
2m 8s

Safety patrol goes 24/7 with new funds

By KTVA Alaska 12:57 PM November 21, 2013

Assembly earmark of $515,000 brings new vans, more shifts for public safety program

ANCHORAGE – In passing a $467 million budget, the Anchorage Assembly earmarked more than half a million dollars for a program aimed at helping some of the city’s most vulnerable.

For almost two decades, the Anchorage Safety Patrol (ASP) received about $200,000 in funding from the Southcentral Foundation. Like many entities and programs receiving federal funds, however, ongoing sequestration cuts in Congress mean that funding simply won’t be there in the future.

That’s why the Anchorage Assembly gave $515,000 to the ASP program, giving it enough money to buy two new fans and fill six new shifts, ensuring at least one van is on the streets 24 hours a day year-round.

On Wednesday, ASP medic Krystie Stevenson and driver Pam Garner worked the morning shift — 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. — a shift that, until a month ago, was unstaffed.

“About a month and a half ago, our first van came on the road about two o’clock [in the afternoon],” Stevenson said. “By that time our vans came on we’d have about 15 calls to respond to.”

Anticipating the new funding, the safety patrol was able to staff the shift for the past month, marking the first time the program has been able to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Now that we’re 24 hours, it’s a lot easier to manage our calls,” Stevenson said.

The women answered three calls on Wednesday — “a slow morning,” Garner said, who usually sees about ten calls — and had to break up a fight between two clients before bringing them back to the city’s Safety Center.

”It all that kind of rolls into one big necessity, what we’re doing,” Stevenson said. “It’s really a borderline job we’re doing. We’re medics, we’re partially security, and then partially a really low subdivide of [police] and [firefighters].”

Dropping their patients at the Safety Center means police, ambulance EMTs, and firefighters can focus on more important calls. With Anchorage police handling about 30 percent of admissions to the Safety Center, funding for new vans and more staff means those numbers should drop, freeing up other responders and resources.

”It doesn’t take up the jail, and it doesn’t take up the hospital, but there’s somewhere where medical people can watch over them until they’re OK to go on their own,” Stevenson said.

The funding will keep the Anchorage Safety Patrol on patrol — all day, every day — taking care of the people who can’t take care of themselves.

Latest Stories

  • News

    North Korea missile launch attempt fails, U.S., South Korea say

    by CBS/AP on Mar 22, 21:18

    North Korea’s latest missile launch ended in failure on Wednesday, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said, three days after the North claimed a major breakthrough in its rocket development program. The reported launch failure comes as the North is angrily reacting to ongoing annual U.S.-South Korean military drills that it views as an invasion […]

  • News

    New languages considered for ASD immersion program as lottery deadline looms

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 22, 21:15

    Parents in the Anchorage School District have shown enough interest in immersion programs that the district is considering adding other languages. “The three languages that continue to come up are Korean, Arabic and French,” explained the program’s director, Brandon Locke. He said one thing working in the district’s favor is the “cost.” “People think this […]

  • News

    Mat-Su Borough Assembly takes 2 parks off trapping ban list

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 22, 20:33

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly voted Tuesday night to change an ordinance on trapping in the borough that was passed recently. The Assembly had approved a measure to ban trapping near school grounds and trails in eight local parks, but Assembly member Randall Kowalke requested a reconsideration of the ordinance less than 24 hours later. He […]

  • News

    Renovations planned for UAS Ketchikan maritime facilities

    by Associated Press on Mar 22, 20:22

    Construction is expected to start later this year on a nearly $6 million overhaul of University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan’s Regional Maritime and Career Center. The Ketchikan Daily News reports that Wendy Miles Horn, with the university, says the work is needed because the two buildings that make up the facility are inadequate, cramped and […]

  • Politics

    New fiscal plan pays out $1,900 PFD, but faces grim future

    by Liz Raines on Mar 22, 20:20

    There are now more than a handful of proposals in Juneau on how to use the permanent fund to solve the state’s multi-billion dollar budget shortfall. The latest is one unveiled by House Republican minority Wednesday morning, day 65 of the legislative session. House Bill 192 avoids a steep cut to dividends next year by using less […]

  • Police: Shooting at Fairbanks library confused for phone charger explosion

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Mar 22, 19:48

    An afternoon at a Fairbanks library took a strange turn when a man was injured by what was at first thought to be an exploding phone charger, but turned out to be a bullet, according to police. At 1:15 p.m., Fairbanks fire crews responded to the Noel Wien Library on Cowles Street after receiving a report […]

  • Lifestyle

    Humpback whale population growing near Homer

    by Melissa Frey on Mar 22, 19:18

    Kachemak Bay, Alaska’s first state park, is known for it’s towering mountains, sandy beaches and rich marine habitat, which are all visible from the Homer Spit. Karl Stoltzfus has lived there for nearly 50 years and has been offering wildlife excursions for more than two decades. He says they traditionally look for humpbacks at the end […]

  • News

    Longtime leader of Sealaska board to step down

    by Associated Press on Mar 22, 18:59

    Southeast Alaska’s regional Native corporation Sealaska is losing one of its longest-serving leaders. KTOO-FM reported Wednesday that Rosita Worl will step down in June after 30 years on the Juneau-based corporation’s board of directors. Worl says she has thought about leaving her post for some time and is looking forward to completing various academic projects. […]