History

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue is a new Fire District, formed December 7, 2006, from a vote to merge Whatcom County Fire Protection District #3 and Whatcom County Fire Protection District #13.  On January 16, 2007 the new Fire District received approval to officially change their name to Whatcom County Fire Protection District #21.  The Fire District now operates as North Whatcom Fire & Rescue.

On July 1, 2011 North Whatcom Fire and Rescue completed a functional consolidation with Whatcom County Fire District #4. Together the service area covers one hundred eighty-two square miles serving an additional nine thousand one hundred-forty residents.

Audit Information

  • To view the latest Washington State financial and accountability audit for North Whatcom Fire and Rescue use the following web address:http://portal.sao.wa.gov/ReportSearch  

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    Whatcom County Fire  Protection No 21

Timeline

* Indicates a Press Release or newspaper article is available.

2017

  • 8/03/17 – NWFR hires career firefighters Zack Balonick, Steven Latham and Sean Roberts
  • 2/07/17 – NWFR promotes Stefen Paige to rank of Lieutenant.
  • 2/07/17 – NWFR promotes Lieutenant Kris Jorgensen to rank of Training Captain
  • 1/02/17 – Training Captain Joe Noonchester is promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations

2016

  • NWFR Board of Fire Commissioners approves the 2016-2021 Strategic Plan
  • NWFR is awarded a North Region Education Grant in the amount of $1,290.
  • NWFR is awarded a Washington State Patrol Grant in the amount of $3,000.
  • * 12/21/16 – Chief Pernett completes International Professional Designation Process
  • 4/28/16 – NWFR hires career firefighters John Hancock, Zachary Scott, Haley Urling-Ehinger, and Levi Wigg
  • 3/17/16 – Fire Commissioner Bruce Ansell is appointed to finish Bill Salter’s term
  • 1/21/16 – Fire Commissioner Bill Salter retires
  • 1/21/16 – John Crawford elected as Fire Commissioner

2015

  • 10/05/15 – Volunteer Dale Rutgers was recognized for his 40 years of service to D#3 and NWFR.
  • 9/01/15 – NWFR hires William Pernett as fire chief *
  • 8/21/15 – NWFR deployed a fire engine to Newhalem as part of a five engine strike to perform protection to the town.
  • 6/01/15 – BP donates ambulance to NWFR to use as a rehab vehicle.Volunteers will staff the unit for response when paged out by request of the incident reminder.
  • 4/03/15 – NWFR promotes Tony Esser to rank of Lieutenant.
  • FEMA grant funds 90% of installation of exhaust removal sysytem upgrade at  Delta Station 69.
  • January – The Cross Border Chiefs group is formed. Meeitngs will focus on EMS topics, cross border mutual aid and mass casualty.
  • 01/15/15 – Six NWFR volunteer firefighters were sworn in

2014

  • 12/17/14 – NWFR recieves a favorable audit for 2012 and 2013
  • 10/18/14 – NWFR awarded Fire Act Grant for exhaust system removal systems at Blaine Station 61 and Birch Bay Station 63
  • 9/11/14 – Participated in 9-11 Memorial Ride from Anacortes to Blaine
  • 8/10/14 – NWFR hires career firefighter David Comp
  • 7/01/14 – Career crews move into Laurel Station 69
  • *6/16/14- Divsion Chief of Operations Chief William Pernett is hired
  • 5/30/14 – Sale of Lynden Station 71
  • 1/16/14 – Dean Berkeley Sworn in as Fire Commmissioner
  • Free monthly CPR classes offered at various stations throughout the district

2013

  • Nine NWFR and two City of Lynden firefighters completed the Fire Officer Academy
  • Six NWFR volunteers graduated from the Whatcom County Recurit Academy
  • Five new volunteer members joined the department as tender support staff
  • City of Blaine transferred ownership of Semiahmoo Station 62 over to NWFR
  • To reduce costs, the district made the decision to conduct their own ladder and hose testing
  • Battalion Chief Larry Johnston completed his Fire Officer Academy training and certification
  • NWFR is awarded a Pre-Hospital Particpation grant for $1,208.
  • NWFR is awarded a Firefighter 1 Training Grant in theamount of $600.
  • NWFR is awarded a North Region Education Grant in the amount of $1,379.
  • 12/19/13 – NWFR recognized Roger Hawley during his last official Fire Commissioner meeting
  • NWFR signed auto aide first response and mutual aid agreement with City of Lynden to NWFR’s ares north of the City of Lynden
  • 11/05/13 – NWFR and District 4 work together to pass the District 4 EMS Levy
  • NWFR recieves a favorable finance audit for 2010 and 2011
  • 10/28/13 -NWFR hosted first Pumpkin Party at Britton Loop Station 12
  • 9/17/13 – Hosted pancake breakfast / Bike Rodeo at Britton Loop Station 12
  • 9/01/13 – Adam Smith promoted to Lieutenant
  • FF Chris Hollander and Michah McConkey were both recognized for their cost saving suggestions
  • FF Kenneth Cunningham was awarded the Construction award for his contribution to the second redesign of the Britton Loop training tower
  • 7/13 – Relocated career staff from Lynden Station 71 to Laurel Station 69
  • 4/25/13 – Particpated in a mock DUI at Meridian High School
  • NWFR had the winning team in the yearly Fitness Challenge.
  • 2/25/13 – Lt. Leslee Smith was awarded the Builders’ Award for her role in managing the HS Band trips to Japan

2012

  • * 12/15/12 – Santa Run
  • Firefighters Tony Esser, John Hollstein, Danny Jensen, Joel Selllingher and Captain Shaun Ward received the Excellence in Service Award
  • Firefighters Danny Jensen and John Hollstein received the American Red Cross Hero Award
  • Added two training ventilation roof props at Britton Loop Station 12 training grounds
  • Particpated in a county wide narrow banding project to update all mobile and portable radios
  • Five career firefighters complete their probationary practical exam
  • Initiated sharing the “duty officer” rotation with the City of Lynden
  • NWFR recieve a joint agency $244,533 MDC Grant of which the district receives $195,627.
  • 12/01/12 – Improved the City of Blaine’s fire rating from sice to four, potentially lowering resident fire insurance premiums
  • NWFR and the City of Bellingham Fire Departmetn signed an auto aid response agreement for the King Mountain area
  • 10/23/12 – NWFR joined the social media trend launching its Facebook page
  • 5/20/12 – Joined with District 4 to put on the Haulin Axe Run as a fundraiser for other local non-profits who support safety in our community
  • 05/01/12 – Chief Anderson is hired as NWFR District Fire Chief
  • 3/11/12 – Firefighters John Hollstein, Daren Bruya, Joel Sellinger, Eva Scherer, Tyler Hanon, Cory Waters and Calen Reginar competed in teh Firefighter Stair Climb to help raise money for Luekemia
  • 3/01/12 – Firefighter Joel Sellingher joins NWFR

2011

  • 12/31/11 – Chief Fields retires
  • NWFR entered one team in the Ski to Sea Race
  • 7/01/11 – Hired 6 career firefighters, D.J. Neyens, Blake Bidleman, Jonni Hill, Chris Beyer, Kenneth Cunningham and Tom Kettman
  • *6/23/11 – NWFR sign interlocal agreement with District #4 for consolidation of services
  • Relocated adminstrative offices to Britton Loop Station 12
  • Established tender operatons/joint training tender training with Bellingham Fire Department
  • Successfully completed NWFR’s first Fire Officer 1 Academy
  • Instituted a four platoon work schedule
  • NWFR Fire Commissioners approve a three year contract with the International Association of Firefighters Local 106
  • NWFR is awarded $604,233.00 grant for Adequate Fire and Emergenc Response (SAFER) from the Federal Governement

2010

  • Three firefighters from “C” shift trained and competed as a crew in the Lake Paden Triathlon
  • NWFR entered one team in the Ski to Sea Race
  • Began a focused tender operatons division monthly training
  • Air Management course developed and adminstered
  • Began joint training with Lynden Fire Department
  • NWFR recieves a favorable audit of finance and accountability for 2009
  • 7/15/10 – Divsion Chief of Training Jeff Hofstad hired
  • * 7/10/10  – NWFR hosts Open House and New Apparatus Ceremony at Station 61 in Blaine
  • 4/16/10 – NWFR is awarded $195,627.00 Assistance to Firefighters Grant for the purchase of mobile data computers
  • 2/09/10 – Collaborated with multiple agencies during the Peach Arch Border Olympic Torch Event
  • 1/01/10 – Training Captain Joe Noonchester hired

2009

  • 12/09 – Larry McPhail is appointed Fire Commissioenr to finish out Butch Hinchey’s term
  • 11/09 – Completed purchase of three new engines and one used ladder truck
  • 10/02/09 – NWFR is awarded $1,600 from WA State DOH Trauma Care Grant for a new defibulator unit
  • 9/08/09 – NWFR adopts new Capital Facilites Plan and Mitgation Fee Schedule by  Henderson, Young and Company
  • 8/06/09 – NWFR appoints Chief Fields and Operations Chief as the Responsible SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) Officials
  • 7/10/09-8/20/09 – NWFR holds a series of public meetings and workshops to receive input from the community regarding the Capital Facilities Plan
  • 7/29/09 – NWFR begins writing their own checks
  • 6/15/09 – NWFR hires new administrative assistant Jennie Sand
  • 6/15/09 – NWFR hires new career firefighter Mandy Brassfield
  • *6/01/09 – Chief Fields is named WCF Chief of the Year
  • 5/01/09 – “B” shift helps to deliver a healthy baby boy
  • 4/16/09 – Purchased a new ambulance
  • 3/30/09 – Replaced twelve portable radios
  • 1/12/09 – Added four new residence to station 62 from Skagit College

2008

  • 9/1/08 – NWFR hires new career firefighter John Geleynse.
  • 8/1/08 – NWFR launches its new district newsletter The Responder.
  • * 7/29/08 – NWFR receives new SCBA through federal grant funding.
  • 5/15/08 – NWFR hires new career firefighter Micah McConkey.
  • 5/6/08 – NWFR is a key player in the Ardent Sentry federal emergency management exercise
  • * 3/31/08 – NWFR completes a Facilities & Capital Needs Assessment conducted by Emergency Services Consulting, Inc.
  • 3/21/08 – NWFR presents the following 2007 awards at its annual awards banquet:
    • Outstanding Volunteer Recruit Award – Tom Kettman
    • Outstanding Probationary Firefighter Award – DJ Riehl
    • Volunteer of the Year – Londa VanKirk
    • Meritorious Service Award – Murray Folk, John Hollstein, Gina Ball, Blake Scott and Jeff Wheeler
    • Chief’s Award – Murray Folk
    • Retirement Recognition – Ken Flammang and Eddie Lathers
  • * 2/15/08 – NWFR and Whatcom Co. Fire District #7 sign an Automatic First Response Agreement consolidating the operational boundaries of the two districts.
  • 1/11/08 – NWFR is awarded a $514,600 Assistance to Firefighters Grant for the purchase of SCBA
  • 1/1/08 – NWFR begins new business inspection program in Blaine.

2007

  • 12/1/07 – NWFR implements new resident volunteer program.  Students from the Skagit Community College Fire Science Program staff Station 62 in Semiahmoo.
  • 10/15/07 – Recruit Academy 07-03 begins with four career firefighters
  • 6/12/07 – NWFR launches new Fire Prevention Division and hires a Fire Marshal
  • 5/15/07 – NWFR begins staffing Station 63 in Birch Bay 24-hours a day
  • 4/2/07 – Recruit Academy 07-02 begins with ten career firefighters
  • 3/23/07 – NWFR presents the following 2006 awards at its annual awards banquet:
    • Outstanding Recruit Award – Adam Smith
    • Volunteer of the Year – Jessica King and Dale Rutgers
    • Chief’s Award – Debbie Seabury
    • Retirement Recognition – Glenn Bos, Tom Moore, and Mike Puhan
  • 3/20/07 – NWFR begins staffing Station 71 in Lynden 24-hours a day
  • 3/2/07 – NWFR is awarded a $119,594 Assistance to Firefighters Grant for the purchase of bunker gear and pagers
  • 2/3/07 – NWFR is awarded $414,000 over five years for the hiring of 4 career firefighters through a Staffing Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant
  • 2/1/07 – Recruit Academy 07-01 begins with ten career firefighters
  • 1/16/07 – The new fire district officially changed its name to Whatcom County Fire Protection District #21 doing business as North Whatcom Fire and Rescue.

2006

  • 12/7/06 – Whatcom County Fire Protection Districts 3 and 13 merge to create a new fire district.