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Inmates at SCCC Woodshop Craft Model Firetruck Replica for a Firefighters Training Event

The skillful craftsmanship of four inmates at the Spring Creek Correctional Center woodshop produced this model of a firetruck for the Annual Firefighter Conference. Inmates Donald Seek, Carl Abhul, Kirby Anthoney, and Randall Smith created and donated this auction item made at the SCCC woodshop. Note the intricate wood detail from a replica of the 1933 Seagrave fire truck. Notice also the ivory steering wheel, stick shifter and pike pole (on the side).

The joint 2015 Alaska State Firefighters Association and Alaska Fire Chiefs Association (ASFA/AFCA) annual conference was held this year in Seward, Alaska, from September 28th through October 3rd. The conference provides training and education to Alaska’s emergency responders. This handcrafted truck was sold in a silent auction held during the Awards Banquet for this event.

Recruiting and PR

During the last week the Department of Corrections Training Academy had the pleasure of participating in two public relations/recruiting events. The first was the Alaska Federation of Native Conference held at the Dena’ina Convention Center in downtown Anchorage. This is the largest gathering of Native peoples in the United States. The AFN Convention usually has anywhere from 4,000 to 5,000 attendees each year. Department of Corrections was happy to share booth space with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. With our combined efforts we were able to provide information to the public concerning available career opportunities with DOC and throughout the state. This was also a prime opportunity to engage the public in conversation concerning reentry practices. Overall, our representatives at the booth reported very positive experiences with those who stopped to chat.
Our second event this week took place yesterday October 21, 2015 at UAA Campus. Department of Corrections participated in the 8th Annual Women in Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair. Local, State and federal law enforcement agencies gathered with the goal of actively recruiting female candidates. This was a great opportunity to meet and discuss career opportunities in a casual setting. Events like these impact public opinion in a positive way providing information and career opportunities to those in our community. We would like to thank all the participants that came out to assist with both events. With the aid of our field offices, institutions, medical and support staff, these events continue to be successful.