City Press Release:The City of Seward Harbor Department’s Safety Officer Mr. Flip Foldager was recognized recently in Anchorage at the Governor’s Safety and Health Conference. The other award recipients came from the private sector, especially large industries.
Under the guidance of a previous Harbormaster, Jim Beckham, Flip has developed and implemented the Harbor Safety Program. Not only is this program being used in the Harbor but it is being implemented City wide. Flip has taken full responsibility for the department’s safety program, not because it is his job but because the safety of his co-workers comes first.
In a time of economic belt-tightening, Flip goes above and beyond to find solutions that are affordable yet effective. He tests over 90 of the harbor’s fire extinguishers monthly and coordinates with local vendors to refill or replace them when out of compliance. The Harbor has portable Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) machines that have saved several lives in the harbor, thanks to Flip for his diligence in testing these machines monthly. The “Kids Don’t Float” program is very successful in Seward and Flip tracks inventory and replaces life jackets when needed.
Flip takes pride in his safety program and it shows. He is meticulous with his record keeping and can provide documentation in a moment’s notice of the training that has been provided to the entire Harbor staff. He provides weekly safety meetings, updates and educates the staff on new products being used at the harbor, provides required personal protections equipment when needed and makes sure that everyone knows when a new material safety data sheet has been obtained. Flip is a certified CPR/First Aid Instructor. Not only does he provide training to the harbor staff, he also provides training to other departments in the City at no additional cost. The goal is to one day have all City employees current in CPR/First Aid Training. Recently Flip attended the Marine Fire Fighting Symposium in Valdez which was extremely informative and he brought back a wealth of knowledge.
The safety of employees and visitors has been the driving force behind Flip’s dedication. He usually comes to work early, will stay late or work weekends to ensure that the City, its resources, visitors and institutions are operating in a safe manner. From walking the docks daily, monitoring the slips, noticing problem areas before they become a problem, Flip is a self-starter and is dedicated to providing the safest environment possible to his co-workers and to visitors of Seward.
During Flip’s 20 plus years of tenure with the City of Seward, his contribution to the City has gone beyond his work day. Flip has provided years of service with help in organizing the Mount Marathon Race and has participated in the race for a couple of decades.