Alaska Firefighter Shirts

Written by Will Baum
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Alaska firefighter shirts are a terrific way to show support for the fighting men and women who battle blazes across the nation. If you're in Alaska, Alaska firefighter shirts are a natural. If you're anywhere else in the world, Alaska firefighter shirts are a conversation starter. "They have fires with all that ice everywhere?" Of course they do.

Alaska Firefighter Shirts and the North Pole Fire Department

To get to the City of North Pole, Alaska you go south of Fairbanks on Route 2. About 1,600 people call the city home. Average temperature in January is negative ten degrees Fahrenheit. In July, it gets up as high as the mid-70s. It's 27 miles to the nearest hospital (in Fairbanks). But the North Pole has a fire department all its own.

The North Pole Fire Department (NPFD) was founded in 1957. At first, the fire station was in the same building as the North Pole Police Department and North Pole City Hall. Ambulance service didn't begin till 1975. Three firefighters were on staff in those days. EMTs were volunteers.

The City of North Pole hired a fire chief for the first time in 1977, a man by the name of Bob Fuller. Today, the department employs nine people and maintains 20 volunteers (a surprising 30 percent of them female). They handle structure fires, confined space rescues, and hazardous materials with regularity. Two big petroleum refineries are under the watch of the NPFD. Wear a shirt, show them you care.

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