50th Anniversary Reunion

In 1964 the student firefighters in Hess Hall first moved into the Fire Hall at UAF. Thus, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the resident student firefighter program. To celebrate and commemorate this important milestone, we are planning an exciting reunion weekend this summer. In addition, we have created a web site to memorialize our now-famous Wall of Fame in the Fire Hall. This message includes all the details you need to know to start making your plans!

Mark Your Calendars!
What:             UaFD 50th Anniversary Reunion
When:             July 18-19, 2014
Where:            Fairbanks, Alaska / UAF

Agenda and Activities

Friday, July 18
  • Catered barbecue dinner and social gathering at the UAF Campus Fire Hall
Saturday, July 19
  • All UaFD Alumni are invited to walk or ride together in the Golden Days Parade
  • Picnic lunch at our University Avenue Fire Station (off campus) and skills/drills demonstration
  • Group photo
  • 3-Hour Dinner Cruise on the Riverboat Discovery ( http://riverboatdiscovery.com/ ) featuring live music
Sunday, July 20

Travel options to Fairbanks are numerous and varied. We recommend:


o    Fly directly to Fairbanks International Airport (FAI).

o    Fly to Anchorage (ANC) a day ahead of time and travel by Alaska Railroad to Fairbanks (http://alaskarailroad.com/Reservations/ ). This is one of the most scenic ways to enjoy Alaska!

o    Travel by car or motorhome. Excellent travel information is available at http://www.milepost.com/edirectory/# .

o    Travel from various locations in the Pacific Northwest via the Alaska Marine Highway (http://www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs/ ).


Ground Transportation will be provided to and from all venues, hotels, Fairbanks International Airport, and the Alaska Railroad Depot.


We have reserved discounted room blocks to meet a variety of location and price requirements:

Cutler Apartments (UAF Campus Housing)

These are two-bedroom suites with kitchens and all amenities, and sleeping for four (four twin beds). Beds may be pushed together for couples.


o    $112 per night, available July 17-20

o    Reservations at 907.474.6769, Group Discount Code “UFD-50th Anniversary Reunion”

Bridgewater Hotel (723 1st Avenue)

Boutique-style hotel located in the heart of downtown. This is on the Golden Days Parade route.


o    $125 per night, available July 17-21

o    Reservations at 800.528.4916, Group Discount Code UFR714

SpringHill Suites (575 1st Avenue)

Spacious studio suites with pull-out sofa bed, complimentary continental breakfast buffet. This is on the Golden Days Parade route.


o    $154 per night, available July 17-20

o    Reservations at 800.314.0858, Group Discount Code “UFD-50th Anniversary Reunion”

Prices and Registration

$105 per person before May 31; $150 after May 31.  Children 10 and under are $50.  

Prices include:

o    All activities (except golf);

o    Friday night catered barbecue dinner;

o    Saturday picnic lunch;

o    Saturday evening 3-hour dinner cruise with live music;

o    Ground transportation as needed.


$42 (optional) Green fees for 18 holes of golf and riding cart (payable to Fairbanks Golf Course)





Click here to register early and reserve your spot! 

Please book your hotel reservations early, as space is limited!

Click the image to go to the Wall of Fame 50th Aniversary virtual bricks web site.


The University (Alaska) Fire Department is creating an alumni website and we need your help!   

We are constructing an online facsimile of the “Wall of Fame” currently in our fire station that features the names of past alumni.   The online version will expand to include information on you and former UFD/UAFD members.  

In order for us to create this website, we need to gather information about you.   Below is a link to a document.   Please fill out the document and return it to us via email. Feel free to be as detailed as you want, we would love to hear what everyone has been up to!

We would also appreciate a past and present photo in a .jpg format.   

Please spread the word about this project to former UFD/UAFD alumni we have lost contact with and you may know their whereabouts.

Please submit all of the above to Brooke Zellweger at bczellweger@alaska.edu