Our Leadership Team

Doug Schrage

FIRE CHIEF

Started at UAF:
Student Firefighter: 1981-1985
Fire Chief: 2010-present

Educational and/or Career Background: Chief Schrage has been working in the fire service since 1981, when he started working at UAF as a student firefighter. He went on to have a rewarding career at the Anchorage Fire Department, where he worked for 26 years, retiring as the Chief Operating Officer. In 2010, he returned to UAF to serve as the fire chief.

Chief Schrage earned a master’s degree in Fire and Emergency Management from Oklahoma State University; a baccalaureate degree in Fire Service Administration from Western Oregon University, and an associate degree in Fire Service Administration from the University of Alaska. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

Pat

Pat Mead

BATTALION CHIEF, A PLATOON

Started at UAF:
Student Firefighter: 1982-1985
Captain: 1993-2004
Battalion Chief: 2004-present

Educational and/or Career Background: Battalion Chief, Pat Mead began working as a student firefighter at UAF in 1982. Chief Mead earned an associate degree in Fire Science from the University of Alaska in 1985. He then started his fire career at Kodiak Fire Department in the fall of 1985. He worked there until he returned to UAF Fire Department in the spring of 1993 where he worked as a captain until promoted to Battalion Chief in 2004. While he continuing to keep his State of Alaska EMT III certification current, Chief Mead has over 38 years in the fire service including volunteer time in New York as well.

Greg

Greg Coon

BATTALION CHIEF, B PLATOON

Started at UAF:
Battalion Chief 2009-present

Educational and/or Career Background: Battalion Chief, Greg Coon began working in his current position at UAF in 2009. His fire service career started in 1986 as a Cadet with Northstar Volunteer Volunteer Fire Department. Throughout the years, his career moved him to various fire departments across the state and has promoted him through the ranks with changing job responsibilities of a firefighter to his current position as Battalion Chief of B Platoon while maintaining his State of Alaska EMT III certification as well.

Chief Coon earned an associate degree in Municipal Fire Science at the University of Alaska in 1992.

Forrest

Forrest Kuiper

BATTALION CHIEF, C PLATOON

Started at UAF:
Student Firefighter: 1997-2000
Safety Officer: 2000-2003
Captain 2003-2017
Battalion Chief 2017-present

Educational and/or Career Background: Battalion Chief, Forrest Kuiper has been working in the fire service since 1997 when he started working at UAF as a student firefighter. He became an auxiliary firefighter in 2000, then worked as a safety officer at UAF Codes and Safety until 2003. In the spring of 2003, Chief Kuiper began his full-time career position as a Captain with University Fire Department. After 14 rewarding years serving as Captain, beginning the fall of 2017 he currently serves as Battalion Chief of C Platoon while maintaining his State of Alaska EMT III certification as well.

Chief Kuiper earned an associate degree in Fire Science; associate degree in Hazardous Materials; a baccalaureate degree in Emergency Management; and a masters degree in Public Administration, all from the University of Alaska. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

Green

Kyle Green

FIRE MARSHAL

Started at UAF:
Fire Marshal 2018-present

Educational and/or Career Background: Kyle started his career in the fire service in 2005 on the North Star Fire Crew, a wildland fire training crew to provide qualified applicants for the Bureau of Land Management’s interagency “Hotshot” training crew which he landed a position with his second season in 2006. Kyle transitioned to the structural side of firefighting when he started volunteering for the North Pole Fire Department (NPFD) in 2006, eventually being hired as a full-time firefighter and EMT. During Kyle’s time with the North Pole Fire Department, he was locally recognized over several years for his leadership with NPFD’s fire and life safety education programs, culminating in his recognition as the statewide fire service’s Fire and Life Safety Educator of the Year award in 2012. In early 2013, Kyle was hired as the Deputy Fire Marshal for the City of Fairbanks Fire Department where he was responsible for fire inspections, fire plans review, and assisting the department with their fire and life safety education activities.

Kyle has an interdisciplinary associate’s degree titled Community Risk Reduction from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, is an International Code Council recognized Fire Inspector II and Fire Plans Examiner, Alaska Certified Fire Investigator, and Alaska certified Fire and Life Safety Educator. He’s continuing his certification work through the International Code Council, National Fire Protection Association, and education through the University of Alaska in addition to the many courses Kyle has attended at the National Fire Academy in Emmetsburg, Maryland. He is a proud 4 th generation Alaskan, born and raised in Fairbanks, third generation UAF alumni, and is now raising two sons with his wife here.

Craig

Craig House

CAPTAIN, A PLATOON
Started at UAF:
Student Firefighter 1994-1998
Captain 2005-present

Educational and/or Career Background: Captain, Craig House started his fire career at Capital City Fire & Rescue in Juneau, Alaska in the winter of 1991. He began working as a student firefighter at UAF in 1994. After college graduation, he worked at other fire departments in various capacities before returning back to University Fire Department as a fire captain and maintains his State of Alaska EMT III certification.

Captain House earned an associate degree in Municipal Fire Science and an associate degree in Hazardous Materials from the University of Alaska.

Sean

Sean Aldrich

CAPTAIN, A PLATOON
Started at UAF:
Captain 2015-present

Educational and/or Career Background: Captain, Sean Aldrich began his career in the fire service in 1982. With over 33 years of service, he was hired with University Fire Department as a captain in the winter of 2015. He holds an associate degree in Emergency Medical Services from the University of Alaska and is a State of Alaska licensed paramedic.

Dan

Dan Weatherly

CAPTAIN, B PLATOON

Started at UAF:
Captain 2014-present

Educational and/or Career Background: Captain, Dan Weatherly started in the fire service with the Ester Volunteer Fire Department in 1996. After 22 rewarding years, he resigned in 2018 at the rank of Assistant Chief. He also worked for the Fairbanks Fire Department in 2004 for 10 years as a Driver/Paramedic. He pursued his career as a Captain for the University Fire Department in the spring of 2014 where he remains today. His professional experience has led him to be an instructor for UFD’s Jump Seat Qualification (JSQ) training for probationary firefighters the Lead Medic Academy and also assisted with the Leadership Academy at UFD. He is continually maintaining his instructor credentials and has taught numerous courses for extrication, various rescue disciplines, structural firefighting, wildland/urban interface and EMS courses. Captain Weatherly has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Municipal Fire Control and Hazardous Materials and is currently finishing his Associate of Applied Science in Paramedicine and an interdisciplinary at UAF-CTC. Future educational goals include the National Fire Academy’s Managing Fire Officer (3-year program), Executive Fire Officer (4-year program) as well as the International Association of Fire Chiefs Company Officer Leadership Symposium (3- year program) and a master’s degree.

David

David Mattox

CAPTAIN, B PLATOON

Started at UAF:
Emergency Management Intern 2016-2017
Captain 2017-present

Educational and/or Career Background: Captain, David Mattox grew up in Southern California. He did his undergraduate degree at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY and went into the U.S. Army as an officer. After his military career, CPT Mattox transitioned to a fire career. He started volunteering at North Star Volunteer Fire Department (NSVFD) while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Security and Disaster Management at UAF along with an AAS in Fire Science, eventually filling a career staff role with NSVFD. During his time there he worked in coordination with the University Fire Department (UFD) as the UAF Emergency Management Intern and later the Coordinator. In the fall of 2017, Captain Mattox was hired on with UFD as a fire captain of B Platoon where he currently serves today. Captain Mattox maintains a State of Alaska EMT III level certification.

He is happily married to his loving wife since 2002 and has four children.

Ben

Ben Fleagle

CAPTAIN, C PLATOON

Started at UAF:
Captain 2001-present

Educational and/or Career Background: Captain, Ben Fleagle began his career at UFD in November of 2001.  He came to Alaska in 1996 from the Tustin Federal Fire Department in Orange County, California.  Captain Fleagle began his career with the Orange County Fire Department in 1990 as a Paid Call Firefighter, becoming full time at Tustin Fire in 1994.  Ben served at Fort Wainright Fire Department in Fairbanks from 1996 to 2001.  Since being hired at UFD, Ben has specialized in training recruit firefighters, development of junior leaders, fire tactics and teaching fire science topics at CTC from 1997 to 2014.  In 1997 Ben joined the Rescue Company out of Fairbanks, a privately owned technical rescue team.  He continued his membership until the company moved from Fairbanks in 2007.  Ben is assigned to C Platoon while maintaining his State of Alaska EMT III certification.

Ben's college education began while serving in the U.S. Marines in 1986, but in 2008 he completed his Associates in Municipal Fire Control at UAF-TVC (CTC) and in 2013 he returned to UAF, graduating in the spring of 2018 with a bachelor degree in History.  Additionally, he has completed fire service leadership courses at the National Fire Academy, the Company Officer and Chief Officer Development Programs of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He seeks to complete the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland in the near future.

Greg

Greg Bean

CAPTAIN, C PLATOON

Started at UAF:
Student Firefighter 2001-2004
Captain 2009-present

Educational and/or Career Background: Captain, Bean began working as a student firefighter at UAF in 2001. After graduating from college, he went on to work at Fairbanks International Airport (FIA) Police/Fire Department from 2005-2007. His role in the department was twofold, serving as a police officer and a firefighter. After his two years at FIA, Captain Bean further pursued his role in a law enforcement career and began serving the City of North Pole citizens as a police officer at North Pole Police Department in 2007-2008. After fulfillment in the law enforcement realm, his zeal for firefighting was eventually what made his decision to return back to the fire life in 2008. After serving as an engineer for a year at North Pole Fire Department, he returned back to the University Fire Department in the spring of 2009 where he currently serves as captain of C platoon.

Captain Bean earned his associate degree in Fire Science from the University of Alaska and is a State of Alaska EMT III.

Kalen

Kalen Middleton

OFFICE MANAGER

Started at UAF:
Office Manager 2015-present

Educational and/or Career Background: Kalen Middleton started her career in the fire service in 2007 as the Administrative Assistant at North Pole Fire Department. Raised in Alaska almost her entire life, she continues to call Alaska home with no intentions of moving. After serving seven years at the City of North Pole, she pursued a new adventure in 2015 when she was hired as the office manager at University Fire Department.  Addition to working full time in the office, she attends UAF as a part-time student seeking her associate degree in Arts in conjunction while working to attain her baccalaureate degree in Business Administration.

Mrs. Middleton is happily married to a wonderful husband named Ryan since 2003 and has two children.

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