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Alaska Fire Department Personnel

Personnel (fire department membership) numbers vary by region, by state and even by county. Recruiting is critical to fire department success, see National Volunteer Fire Council’s Make Me a Firefighter and National Volunteer Fire Council’s Recruiting Resources. Check out how your department’s numbers compare to those around you, to see how your recruitment and retention investments are fairing.

This information is based solely upon fire departments that have registered with the National Fire Service Registry. If you have not registered your fire department, please do so, it is free and contributes to a complete picture of the fire services. Check out some Quick Facts from the registry.

Department Type

NOTE: In the USFA National Fire Service Registry data for Alaska there are 2 departments NOT classified, and so NOT included in these statistics. Departments should register as Career, Mostly Career, Volunteer or Mostly Volunteer but we do not have it for these 2 departments .

Volunteer Departments of Alaska

Here are the average numbers of volunteer firefighters for each county within Alaska, as well as the maximum and minimum numbers for that county.

County # Volunteer Departments Average Firefighters Highest # Lowest #
Aleutians East 5 15 26 10
Aleutians West 3 18 34 5
Anchorage 5 81 170 12
Bethel 11 15 51 4
Bristol Bay 1 20
Denali 6 13 20 6
Dillingham 4 14 20 8
Fairbanks North Star 6 39 59 14
Haines 1 9
Hoonah Angoon 3 18 23 15
Juneau 1 106
Kenai Peninsula 11 27 56 5
Ketchikan Gateway 6 16 27 6
Kodiak Island 6 22 50 5
Kusilvak 1 5
Lake And Peninsula 2 8 9 6
Matanuska Susitna 10 38 164 12
Nome 6 34 84
North Slope 1 175
Northwest Arctic 4 49 131 16
Petersburg 2 34 35 32
Prince Of Wales Hyder 7 21 39 10
Sitka 2 30 39 20
Skagway 1 38
Southeast Fairbanks 5 11 20 5
Unspecified County 12 19 68 4
Wrangell 1 36
Yakutat 1 20
Yukon Koyukuk 12 15 42 6

Career Departments of Alaska

Here are the average numbers of career firefighters for each county within Alaska, as well as the maximum and minimum numbers for that county.

County # Career Departments Average Firefighters Highest # Lowest #
Anchorage 6 125 326 24
Denali 1 25
Fairbanks North Star 4 47 73 25
Kenai Peninsula 2 46 72 19
Ketchikan Gateway 2 23 38 7
Kodiak Island 2 23 32 13
Unspecified County 1 18

Looking for NFIRS FDIDs?

Here are the fire department identifiers (FDIDs) for agencies within Alaska. NFIRS FDIDs are required for submitting NFIRS reports with mutual aid or automatic aid with those departments.

Need more NFIRS help?

Here are some useful ressources to learn more about NFIRS.

NFIRS Codes Cheat SheetNFIRS CodingNFIRS ExamplesFDIDsPOCsNFIRS TransactionsNFIRS ModulesNFIRS ElementsNFIRS RulesNFIRS ReferenceNFIRS Compliant ?

You can also read this NFIRS 5.0 Complete Reference Guide, and NFIRS 5.0 Design documentation in order to have a deeper understanding of NFIRS 5.0. Here are also NFIRS 5.0 Forms ready for you to download and use.

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Last Updated on June 29, 2023