• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 24s

Willow, Caswell hire first fire chief

By Shannon Ballard Photojournalist: Rachel McPherron - 6:24 PM August 15, 2014
WILLOW –

This week the Department of Emergency Services in the Mat-Su Borough took a huge step in its effort to keep you safe by hiring Mahlon Greene.

Greene just signed on as the new fire chief for Willow and Caswell.

He has no footsteps to follow. He is the first and only full-time fireman hired by the Mat-Su Borough to cover the 160-square-mile area.

“What I’ll be doing is a lot of administrative things, going through the tools and things we have and try to replace anything that’s needed, and making sure our trucks are functional and ready to go,” Greene said.

Approval and funding for the new position is something Mat-Su Emergency Services has been asking for for years.

The Valley is growing and so is the demand for full-time first responders. With more than 300 on-call volunteers in eight fire service areas, officials hope adding Greene’s position starts a trend.

“We also have Sutton, Butte, the greater Palmer fire service area, and then Talkeetna. We would like to eventually have full-time management in every single one of these fire service areas,” said Mat-Su Emergency Services Director Dennis Brodigan.

The first week on a new job is overwhelming, but Greene says he has priorities set to get home insurance rates down, provide more access to information and increase public safety.

“This is a dream job. I pinch myself now and then to make sure it really happened — to be in an area I love and someday will retire in,” Greene said.

Emergency Services plans on asking the Mat-Su Assembly for at least one more full-time fire chief for the Butte/Sutton area during next year’s budget planning session.

Latest Stories

  • Sports

    UAA senior named GNAC Preseason Player of the Year

    by KTVA Sports on Oct 21, 23:18

    UAA senior Travis Thompson was named GNAC Preseason Player of the Year on Tuesday. As a junior, Thompson averaged 21.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, leading the Seawolves to an 18-9 record (11-7 GNAC). Thompson was on the all-GNAC first team last season and is the only returning player to receive that […]

  • Sports

    UAA volleyball hopes to gain 2 wins at home

    by KTVA Sports on Oct 21, 22:51

    The UAA volleyball squad continues its run for a conference title this week as they take on No. 24 Central Washington on Thursday and No. 16 Northwest Nazarene on Saturday. The Seawolves are currently 10-3 on the season with a 10-1 GNAC record. They played the Wildcats and the Crusaders earlier this season; both matches […]

  • Crime

    Soldotna man charged with kidnapping, assault

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 21, 22:07

    A Soldotna man is in custody after troopers say he kidnapped and assaulted a female at a residence off the Kenai Spur Highway. On Thursday, Oct. 16, Alaska State Troopers and Central Emergency Services responded to a report of disturbance at the Soldotna residence at around 12:45 p.m. and were able to locate the person […]

  • Weather

    Evening News weather, Oct. 21

    by KTVA Weather on Oct 21, 20:55

    Kenai Peninsula and Price William Sound Expect sunny skies, cooler in the morning, and daytime highs. Southeast The Panhandle will get another round of showers and an isolated thunderstorm for coastal southern areas. Interior/North Slope The Interior will get cloudy skies with a flurry or two at times. Snow with wind up to 35 mph […]

  • News

    Anchorage man runs nonprofit for free school supplies

    by Lauren Maxwell on Oct 21, 20:39

    Some people would call him the Santa Claus of school supplies, but it’s not a title Walter Ward wants. As far as he’s concerned, he’s only doing his job. Ward runs a nonprofit that provides free school supplies for low-income schools in Anchorage. He calls it the “Anchorage Teacher’s Store,” but it’s not a store […]

  • News

    Parnell sheds new light on Alaska National Guard firings

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 21, 18:32

    The day after he fired three Alaska National Guard leaders, Alaska’s governor says more changes are coming. Gov. Sean Parnell says Guard members have expressed frustration over the timeline of the recent adjustments, that have all stemmed from a scathing report released in September. The report, conducted by the Office of Complex Investigations, showed that Guard […]

  • Crime

    Palins describe brawl in police recordings

    by CNN on Oct 21, 18:01

      Washington (CNN) – Bristol Palin describes being dragged through the grass and called a series of obscenities during a massive brawl last month in recordings of Anchorage police interviews that CNN obtained through a public records request. She said she jumped into a fight after “some old lady” pushed her sister, Willow Palin, because “oh […]

  • News

    Orphaned cubs find a home at Fortress of the Bear

    by Heather Hintze on Oct 21, 17:40

    One look at Sitka’s Fortress of the Bear and it’s easy to see how the rescue facility got its name. Brown bears roam around the two large tanks leftover from Sitka’s pulp mill that closed in 1993. “We’ve managed to upcycle these strong, industrial spaces into some really impressive bear habitats,” said bear manager Claire Turner. […]