Fifteen years ago, when Sam Evanoff’s co-workers talked of serving as volunteers on the Soldotna Fire Department, he became interested.
He completed his basic emergency medical technician (EMT) and firefighter training, became a volunteer and went full-time five years later.
Now Evanoff, who was promoted to Engineer-EMT 3 two years ago, has been named assistant fire marshal for Central Emergency Services.
The job as Fire Marshal Gary Hale’s assistant became vacant a year ago when Gordon Orth was appointed assistant chief of CES under Chris Mokracek.
In March, the Kenai Peninsula Borough administration authorized filling the slot.
Evanoff was the only person from the CES ranks to apply, and mainly due to his many years of experience, the 49-year-old fire engineer got the job.
“I’m also good at making the puppets’ mouths move at the right time,” he said with a laugh, referring to his many years of helping Hale with fire-safety puppet shows he has presented across the Kenai Peninsula.
Evanoff also is a member of the CES rescue dive team, is a state-certified fire investigator and holds a certificate as a municipal police and park ranger from Everett, Wash.
Before joining CES, he was an Alaska park ranger at Kenai River State Park.
Evanoff said he hopes some day to move into Hale’s job as CES fire marshal. He and his wife, Kari, have two sons, Sam, 17, and Jordan, 15, who are both Soldotna High School students.
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