Ask the Mayor

Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2002

Editor's Note: The following column is designed to help answer residents' questions about the Kenai Peninsula Borough and its government.

What is the Central Emergency Service Area? How big is it?

Answer: The Central Emergency Ser-vice Area (CES) is a borough-operated special service area that provides a full range of emergency services. It provides structural and wildland fire response, emergency medical responses at the basic and advanced life support (paramedic) levels, search and rescue responses, water rescue responses, fire education and fire investigation services, fire code enforcement and public assistance. Services are provided 24-hours per day, 365 days per year. Each member of the fire station paid staff works a 24-hour shift at one of three manned fire

stations (Soldotna, Sterling and K-Beach Road at Mile 13.) The fire station on Mackey Lake Road is unmanned at this time, but serves as the department training center. CES services are provided by a combination of paid staffing and volunteer staffing. There are 23 paid positions; there are 24 volunteers.

The service area boundary starts at Mile 58 of the Sterling Highway (upper Skilak Lake Road) and includes all roads down to Mile 103.5 (Irish Hills Road). Also included in the service area are all of K-Beach Road, all of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Spur Highway from the "Y" in Soldotna to Strawberry Road, with some exceptions. The department averages four calls for assistance per day.

All of the fire service areas are actively seeking additional volunteers.They will provide you training and safety equipment. If interested, call CES at 262-4792.

You may send your questions to:

Mayor Bagley

144 N. Binkley

Soldotna, AK 99669

Fax: (907) 262-8616

E-mail: bdove@borough.kenai.ak

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