October 15, 2004
Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan Fire Department Assistant Chief Jim Hill was recognized as Alaska's Public Fire Educator of the Year by the Alaska Division of Fire Prevention. Hill was recognized at the 2004 Alaska State Firefighters Association and Alaska Fire Chiefs Association Joint Annual Conference held on October 1st in Sitka, Alaska.
Assistant Chief Hill was nominated for his work coordinating fire prevention education efforts for the Ketchikan area. According to information provided by the Alaska State Fire Marshal's Office, Assistant Chief Hill personally conducted over 200 hours of public education presentations in area schools, implemented a smoke alarm installation program and assisted with the development of a boat fire safety program.
Ketchikan Fire Chief Richard Leipfert wrote, "The City of Ketchikan due to its marine environment has a significant number of boat fires annually. Assistant Chief Hill has taken it upon himself to educate the boat owners of the area to boat fire safety. Through personal appearances at the Ketchikan Yacht club and through a continued barrage of information to the boating community, Assistant Chief Hill has included boating fire safety into the Ketchikan Fire Departments education program. These efforts have helped individuals within the live aboard boat community to understand the significant hazards prevalent in living on marine vessels."
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