Yocha Dehe Fire Department

Yocha Dehe Fire Department has a total of 35 personnel and is led by Fire Chief Gary Fredericksen. The administration staff consists of Assistant Chief Shawn Kinney, Business Analyst Kristi Pearson and Administrative Assistant Stacey Copeland. The department has a one Fire Mechanic Fred Yates. Yocha Dehe line staff operates on a 48x 96 hour staffing plan, often called the 2x4 schedule. Three shifts with a minimum of nine personnel work 48 hours on followed by 96 hours off. Daily, the department’s minimum staffing is one battalion chief, two captains, two engineer/paramedics, three firefighter/paramedics and one firefighter/EMT. The 48x96 staffing plan was implemented to support the long commutes that many of our employees experience while reducing the number of trips per day on Highway 16.