2010 in review: North Whatcom Fire & Rescue

Published on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 by By Tom Fields, Chief

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North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) responded to 2,116 calls through November, 121 fewer than this time last year. Seventy-seven percent of those calls were for emergency medical assistance; 6.5 percent of the calls were for fires.

The remaining 16.5 percent of calls were for false alarms, public assists and hazardous conditions. The fire marshal’s office coordinated 205 commercial business inspections and fire safety education programs for over 1,400 children in area schools and day cares. NWFR welcomed commissioner Larry McPhail, who was appointed December 2009 to finish out Butch Hinchey’s term, who resigned in late 2009.

NWFR held an open house, July 10, 2010 at Station 61 in Blaine where the public was able to join in the tradition of christening all new apparatus, before being officially put into service.

A regional grant from federal assistance to firefighters was awarded in the amount of $195,627 jointly to district 7, district 8 and NWFR, allowing the purchase of new mobile data computers, enabling for better communication within the county as well as dispatch.

NWFR received a favorable report for their 2009 accountability and financial audit, which involved no findings. Subsequently, the Washington state auditor’s office has decided not to schedule the next audit for an additional two years.

NWFR would also like to thank the community for their continued support of fire and medical emergency services. A review of the district would not be complete without special recognition of the dedicated volunteers that serve throughout the district. NWFR is grateful for your continued commitment and service.