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Three file for City Council Positions on Local Ballot

August 26, 2016

Three people have filed to fill two positions on the City Council that are up for election on October 4, 2016. Incumbents Julie Isom and Judy Zenge have filed, as well as newcomer Spencer Strassburg. The municipal election will be held October 4, 2016 and polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.... details

Speak Up!

July 01, 2016

Is your life too busy to fit in ONE MORE MEETING? When you get home after work, is going out again the last thing you want to do? If attending a Council meeting to let your views be known is out of your comfort zone for whatever reason, you now have an option. You can leave a comment on any item on ... details

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Upcoming Events

Totem Heritage Center Open House

Sep 15, 2016

Celebrate the Totem Heritage Center's 40th anniversary and learn more about the legacy of the Native Arts Studies Program!  Students can also register for future classes. ... details

Museum Advisory Board meeting

Nov 15, 2016

Open to the public. ... details

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Fire Department - Prevention & Safety

Fire Code

The City of Ketchikan is a deferred jurisdiction under Alaska Administrative Code (AAC) 13 AAC 50.075 and has adopted the 2012 International Fire Code (IFC) as amended by Ketchikan Municipal Code Title 18 .  A copy of the 2012 edition of the International Fire Code with all appendices will be kept on file in the office of the city clerk.

The International Code Council (ICC) provides free access to the IFC and other ICC codes at:

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides free access to NFPA codes and standards at:

Tsunami Information

The City of Ketchikan is a Tsunami Ready community, learn more  in our Tsunami Preparedness Guide.

Smoke Detectors

Operating smoke detectors save lives.  Ketchikan Fire Department recommend checking your smoke detector according to the manufacturer’s instructions and replacing the batteries at least twice per year.  A good rule of thumb is to change your batteries when you change your clocks in the Spring and Fall.

When funding permits, the fire department may have smoke detectors available for residents that are unable to purchase them.  Smoke detectors can be purchased at local department stores, hardware stores, and multiple other retailers.

For more information on Smoke Detectors visit the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Smoke Alarm Central at