CCFR officer wins Instructor of the Year award

Capital City Fire & Rescue Fire Training Officer Nathan N. Young

A fire training officer with the Juneau fire department won a fire service recognition award from the Alaska Division of Fire and Life Safety.


Capital City Fire & Rescue’s Nathan N. Young, 32, was awarded the William A. Hagevig Fire Service Instructor of the Year award.

The award is given to fire instructors who demonstrate an exceptional dedication to training and education.

Young was lauded for going out of his way to ensure his department has a solid understanding of new techniques, and for consistently working to keep them up-to-date on the latest cutting-edge training. He was also praised for implementing a successful academy-style Firefighter 1 program for CCFR.

Young has worked for CCFR for the past three and a half years and has been in the fire service for the past 17. Previously he has worked for the Sitka fire department and the University of Alaska Fairbanks fire department.

He is originally from Port Alexander, a small town located on the southeastern corner of Baranof Island.

Young told the Empire on Wednesday that he was honored to receive the award, but he thought it was more of a reflection of the great department he works for.

“It’s a reflection of the department, and the people who run it, and the people out there on the streets delivering services,” he said.

The Alaska Division of Fire and Life Safety announced the winners of the 2012 Annual Fire Service recognition awards on Tuesday in a news release.

The awards were presented to the recipients at the 2012 Alaska Fire Conference in Sitka on Sept. 21.

The last time a firefighter from CCFR won one of the awards was in 2008, according to CCFR Chief Richard Etheridge. Sven Pearson, now the deputy fire marshal, was honored then as being Alaska’s Firefighter of the Year.

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