Needs and Volunteer Opportunities
Jul 18, 2018
Christian Hartley, Fire Chief of Houston, Alaska
Needs and Volunteer Opportunities

Christian Hartley is the Fire Chief of Houston, Alaska. He was named as the City Of Houston’s permanent fire chief in Sept. of 2016.  Hartley is a second-generation emergency services professional. Both of his parents were very involved in the calling.  Over the years, Hartley has served in various capacities and locations. A native Alaskan, he grew up in the Sunshine-Talkeetna area. In 1999, Hartley started his EMS work in the Mat-Su Borough like his father. Shortly after that, he ventured to the Lower 48, more specifically Arizona where he fought fires on the south rim of the Grand Canyon. 

After a year there, he returned to the Alaska.

"I could literally look over the south rim of the Grand Canyon, but I love Alaska better than anywhere,” Hartley said. “As a kid, we had acres and acres to play in. We had our own lake.”

In 2003, Hartley returned to the Mat-Su Valley where he worked at several regional fire stations. In 2008, he joined the HFD. In that time, he has served in various capacities including firefighter, lieutenant, and captain—the position he has held for the past five years.In addition to his Mat-Su EMS experience, Hartley’s experience includes working the ground ambulance for Guardian Flight Air Medical out of Anchorage. A Houston resident, Hartley serves on the City of Houston Planning and Zoning Commission.   He also serves on the Mat-Su Borough Emergency Services Advisory Board, and a member of the Houston Lion’s Club.

 Governor Walker appointed Chief Christian Hartley to the chief admin officer/fire chief/volunteer staff seat on the Alaska Fire Standards Council. His term began Oct. 26 and runs through Oct. 15, 2019.  Alaska firefighters ensure the safety of Alaskans in times of great need. The Council works to provide a swift response when a home or business catches fire, as well as quality emergency care for Alaska’s families.