Year in Review: North Whatcom Fire and Rescue

Published on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 by Fire Chief Ron Anderson

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In 2013, North Whatcom Fire and Rescue (NWFR) responded to 2,777 calls through November. Almost 74 percent of those calls were for emergency medical assistance; 5 percent of the calls were for fires. The remaining 21 percent of calls were for false alarms, public assists and hazardous conditions.

NWFR currently has over 100 members including administrative staff and mechanics, as well as career and volunteer firefighters. One career firefighter was promoted to rank of lieutenant in 2013.

NWFR participated in multiple community events and fundraisers such as Birch Bay Discovery Days, Giving Tree program, Project Santa, Haulin’ Axe, Home Depot Safety Fair, and assisted with the Community Assistance Program’s Thanksgiving Basket giveaway.

The fire prevention office coordinated commercial business inspections and fire safety education programs for children in area schools and day cares.

Full time career staff was relocated from Lynden Station 71 to Laurel Station 69 after NWFR fire commissioners made the decision to sell both Lynden Station 71 and Custer Station 64. The move will reduce both fire loss and response times.

NWFR signed an automatic first response and mutual aid agreement with the city of Lynden to NWFR’s areas north of Lynden.

To reduce costs, administrators decided to conduct their own ladder and hose testing.

NWFR continues a successful consolidation with District 4, which recently passed their permanent emergency medical services (EMS) levy in the November election.

The city of Blaine transferred ownership of the Semiahmoo Station 62 over to NWFR.

NWFR received a favorable report for their 2010-2011 financial audits.

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 who serve throughout the district. NWFR is grateful for your continued commitment and service.