Mr. Rick Rifley

Phone: 352-671-4765


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Emergency Management, Homeland Security & Emergency Management, Concentrations Fire Service Administration and Homeland Security University of Alaska Fairbanks Associate of Applied Science, Fire Science, Municipal Fire Control University of Alaska Fairbanks Associate of Applied Science, Fire Science, Hazardous Materials Control University of Alaska Fairbanks IFSAC Firefighter I IFSAC Firefighter II IFSAC Fire Instructor I IFSAC Fire Officer I IFSAC Advanced Aircraft Firefighter Advanced Police Officer EMT III Advanced Emergency Medical Dispatcher Emergency Fire Dispatcher FEMA ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800 FEMA Professional Development Series Order of the Sword & Shield Honor Society for Emergency Managers

Mr. Rick Rifley

Welcome to the First Responder course!


Allow me to introduce myself. I have over 34 years of public safety experience. My career started in 1984 at the age of 14 as a Fire Explorer with the Angle Lake Fire Department in the Seattle area. I have worked for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Fire Department, Steese Area Volunteer Fire Department, the Fairbanks International Airport Police & Fire Department, where I retired as a Sergeant/Battalion Chief, the Fort Walton Beach Police Department, and most recently Marion County Public Safety as a 911 Telecommunicator. I have experience in structural firefighting, aircraft firefighting, law enforcement, advanced EMS, hazardous materials, 911 telecommunications, and airfield operations. Along the way I have volunteered with the Angle Lake Fire Department, Ester Volunteer Fire Department (Fairbanks, AK), and the Steese Volunteer Fire Department (Fairbanks, AK). 


In addition to the training listed I have completed specialized training such as the WMD Incident Command and WMD Hazardous Materials Technician Hot courses at the Center For Domestic Preparedness. My prior responsibilities included being the supervisor or officer-in-charge of our departments fire prevention program, Logistics, Drug and Alcohol Interdiction Unit, Recruitment and Hiring, Haz Mat Response Team, Firefighter Training, EMS Training, and Exposure Control Program.


In addtion to my own training, I have been a public safety instructor for over 30 years, teaching firefighting, law enforcment, EMS, hazardous materials, and 911 Telecommunications. I taught Hazardous Materials Awareness for 14 years at the Alaska State Trooper Academy in Sitka, Alaska. I was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community Technical College law enforcement academy. Teaching new generations of responders is a passion of mine. I love to see people succeed in our fields. My goal is to prepare each student for the next level of training where they too may earn their certifications in public safety. I look forward to sharing my experiences with each student as they begin their journey to becoming first responders. 


On the personal side, I am married and we are empty-nesters. We have six children, all of whom are grown and out on their own all across the United States. My wife and I spend our free time adventuring around Florida and our adjoining states. After spending 25 years in Alaska we are thawing out. Florida has many new experiences to enjoy, but we do miss Alaska and its vast beauty.


Thank you for being a part of the MTI First Responder program!