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Unalaska has welcomed a handful of new community leaders in the last few months.

That includes Arlie Colvin, the new fire chief at the Department of Public Safety (DPS).

KUCB's Laura Kraegel sat down with Colvin to ask how he’s reforming the island's overloaded fire division.

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ARLIE COLVIN: I’ve been doing fire service for 19 years, EMS [emergency medical services] for just over 18, and I’ve been a paramedic for 11 years. I love it. It’s all I do. It’s all I want to do for the rest of my life.

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Despite months of debate, the fate of Unalaska’s fire division is far from decided.

The Unalaska City Council showed no consensus Tuesday, when city officials proposed restructuring the Department of Public Safety to put fire on equal footing with police.  

Right now, the fire chief reports to Mike Holman, police chief and director of public safety, rather than having a direct line to the city manager. He also needs Holman’s approval on his budget.

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Members of the Unalaska City Council are under investigation.

On Tuesday, Police Chief Mike Holman confirmed to KUCB that the Unalaska Department of Public Safety is investigating current and potentially former city councilors. 

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A 32-year old was found lying facedown on the side of the road in Unalaska Sunday morning.

The Unalaska Department of Public Safety says they responded to a report of an unconscious man in the road across from the NAPA auto parts store.

Mitchell B. Bovard of Albany, Oregon was taken to the Iliuliuk Family and Health Services clinic where he was pronounced dead.

Police Chief Mike Holman says Bovard’s death is still under investigation.

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A GCI Outage last week left Unalaskans unable to call the Department of Public Safety.

DPS sent out a text alert on October 6 warning community members that they should try using landline phones if they were unable to connect with a cell phone.

GCI detected a potential issue on Oct. 5 and enlisted on the ground technicians to investigate. GCI vice president Dan Boyette says any outage is unacceptable.

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