Two Rivers Fire Service Area Commission holds public meeting

The Two Rivers Fire Service Area held a public meeting to hear about how they'd like to see the area serviced.
Published: Mar. 7, 2023 at 3:17 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Two Rivers Fire Service Area Commission met Monday at the Noel Wien Library to hear from the public about how they’d like to see their service area operate.

While no final decisions were made, the commission made a motion to adopt a prevention and education model for their services.

The service area could potentially move past this model to begin responding to fires at a later date, but cost remains a concern.

The prevention and education model seeks to keep the public informed about fire safety in order to prevent accidental fires from breaking out.

It also aims to potentially provide safety items, like smoke alarms, to residents.

Jim Williams, the Fairbanks North Star Borough Chief of Staff spoke at the meeting, “What that could look like could be where we hire a contractor, for example, to go out, and we put a contractor in play to basically go house to house and help residents identify and remedy safety issues around their houses. Things that could increase the odds of a structure fire that causes catastrophic damage, go ahead and remediate those, identify those issues, remediate them.”

The next commission meeting is planned for Monday, March 13.

The service area was voted into place in November 2022, causing controversy when some in the community felt the results did not reflect the area’s majority viewpoint.

A judge dismissed a civil lawsuit against the borough yesterday, saying the election was run properly.