Fire Chief terminated as Ninilchik Emergency Services goes through a restructuring
Ninilchik Emergency Services is going through a “restructuring,” after news came out of the termination of former Ninilchik Fire Chief David Bear.
Channel 2 reached out to the Kenai Peninsula Borough who said: “The borough did receive confirmation that the Ninilchik Fire Chief was terminated Tuesday 02/04/20.”
In a statement, Ninilchik Emergency Services Board of Directors President Darrel Williams explained circumstances around the termination of former Chief Bear.
“Recently NES was approved for a FEMA SAFR grant. Under the grant, NES is provided the opportunity to hire another position for a Recruitment and Retention Coordinator. In addition, NES may now restructure as an equal opportunity employer for all medical / fire personnel and interested applicants. The NES Board is therefore temporarily restructuring to be in compliance with the grant and the Fair Labor Standards Act.”
The statement goes on to say in the future volunteers can reapply as employees. It also points out “Ninilchik Emergency Services will remain operational with a minimal crew assisted by former Chief, EMT 3 David Bear as we transition.”
According to the statement, prior to the on-going transition, Bear was the sole salaried position in the volunteer organization.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough says “The borough administration is aware that Ninilchik Emergency Services (NES) is currently in transition” and goes on to say if an emergency does arise “The Anchor Point Fire & Emergency Service Area will provide support under the current mutual aid agreement if NES requests assistance. Anchor Point F&EMS may respond if they have enough volunteer personnel to do so; however, the primary duties are responding within the service area’s boundaries established by the voters in 1983.”
Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Ninilchik Community Center, borough administration and representing assembly members will be available to speak with residents during a community meeting.