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Bethel Fire Department and Emergency Services

 Mission Statement

We, the members of the Bethel Fire Department, will protect lives and property before, during, and after an emergency through fire suppression, rescue, emergency medical response, and public education.


Since 1957, our department has served the beautiful community of Bethel, Alaska. Our combination fire and emergency services department provide a wide range of routine and emergency services which include but are not limited to public fire prevention and life safety education, fire suppression, Advanced Life Support (ALS) emergency medical services, technical rescue, and hazardous materials response (Operations Level). The fire station is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year with a career staff of eight. This includes a Fire Chief, Fire Captain, three Fire Lieutenants, and six Firefighter/EMT's. The Fire Chief and Fire Captain work 40 hours a week and are on call during nights and weekends. The Fire Lieutenants and Firefighter/EMT's work a rotating 24-hour Kelly Shift to ensure around-the-clock emergency response capability. To supplement response needs, a compliment of Volunteer Firefighters and EMT's respond to routine and emergency incidents. In 2022, our department responded to 1,280 EMS incidents and 198 Fire incidents. 
The Bethel Fire Department conducts regular training year-round. Emergency Medical Technician training meetings are held every first and third Tuesday of each month. Firefighter training meetings occur every second and fourth Thursday of each month. Our instructors conduct initial recruit classes for Firefighter-1, Hazardous Materials Awareness/Operations, and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-1) annually. Additionally, our department hosts advanced level Fire and EMS training with outside instructors to ensure continuing education and advancement opportunities for our members. 

Basic Fire Ground Operations Course - Click to learn more

The Bethel Fire Department completed its 2024 Basic Fire Ground Operations course.

The Basic Operations Firefighter course is designed to give new firefighters the practical and cognitive training needed to operate safely and effectively on the ground. Upon successful completion, the student will meet Firefighter I requirements for certification. The course focuses on an intense classroom and hands–on approach to firefighting, which promotes both skill competency and an understanding of the fire ground. Students complete numerous evolutions, which encourage them to apply their skills to a variety of scenarios. Contact us to learn how you can become part of the next set of graduates!

Recruitment - Click to learn more

Fulltime Employment Opportunities

Our department is actively recruiting a Fire Captain and Firefighter/EMT's from around the country. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming part of our team, please check out the job descriptions and fill out an application today. 

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Fire Lieutenant



Volunteer Opportunities 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, fill out the application linked below or call us today at (907) 543-2131. Click the title above to learn more about the requirements for our volunteers. 

2023 Department Review - Click to learn more

The Bethel Fire Department takes pride in serving our community. Every day, your first responders answer the call. Whether your incident is a structure fire, heart attack, or even a low battery beep on a smoke alarm, we will be there. The department is committed to increasing its involvement within the community.