A Tribute to the Unalaska Fire and EMS Department

The past 15 months in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor have been unprecedented in my 25 year (what!?!) career in EMS, SAR (Search and Rescue), and Emergency Medicine. Never before have I seen a mostly volunteer emergency response department respond to so many unusual — and personal — tragedies. The resilience and dedication of the Unalaska Fire and EMS staff is unparalleled. They did almost all of this without a Fire or EMS chief. Each of them stepping up to fulfill parts of leadership roles and were largely self-governed. They did not have a Fire and EMS chief until June of 2020! These are the most profoundly sad…