A Sitka man who spent a half-hour in the ocean after his kayak capsized last weekend was rescued by a quick-thinking passerby – who swam from shore and pulled him to safety. The Good Samaritan was aware of the risks, however. She’s a five-year veteran of Sitka’s Search and Rescue team.
The Sitka Fire Department wants to use federal funding to help address a staff shortage, but it could mean some additional expenses for the city. When the Sitka Assembly met on Tuesday (1-25-22) it approved the department’s application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a SAFER grant, or “Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response.” If awarded, the grant would cover most of a new fire engineer and EMT job for three years.