ON A MISSION

 

We are dedicated to the preservation of life and property through prevention, education, and emergency response. ​

 

SVFD responds to over 300 calls each year. We respond to medical emergencies, fires, water rescues, mountain rescues, and more.  Our fleet of apparatus consists of 3 engines, 1 Quint, 1 light rescue/mini pumper, 1 heavy rescue, 2 command trucks, 1 Jeep/squad, and a fire boat. 


While SVFD officially provides services within Seward City Limits, we also provide mutual aid response to three neighboring departments: Bear Creek, Moose Pass, and Lowell Point. The population of the service area is approximately 3,500, though the population can swell to nearly 10,000 during the summer months. 

 

We operate a combination department of three full-time staff, supplemented with volunteer responders. We have over 25 members in our ranks, which include auxiliary volunteers.

1941 block fire - downtown Seward
1941 block fire - downtown Seward
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Funny River Fire - 2014
Funny River Fire - 2014
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Training on the F/V John Foster
Training on the F/V John Foster
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1921 pumper - Seward Fire
1921 pumper - Seward Fire
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Firefighter I training - live fire
Firefighter I training - live fire
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Engine 2 on scene at a house fire
Engine 2 on scene at a house fire
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Rescue swimmers @ Polar Bear Jumpoff
Rescue swimmers @ Polar Bear Jumpoff
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Firefighter II live fire training
Firefighter II live fire training
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SERVING SINCE 1906

 

Seward Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) incorporated in 1906, three years after the town of Seward was founded. Local business owners and residents recognized the need to protect the buildings they lived and worked in, and SVFD was born. 

 

Our community and department have seen a lot since then.  

 

1917 - Lowell Canyon flood

1941 - Block fire - downtown Seward

1942 - Block fire - downtown Seward

1962 - Fire station and civic center fire

1963 - New fire station construction complete

1964 - Good Friday Earthquake

1994 - Methodist church fire

1995 - F/V Alaska Spirit fire

 

Learn more about us and how you can become part of Seward's history - join us!