To protect the lives and property of our community through innovation and compassionate care.

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue

Committed to a safer community though partnerships with our community members

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Lieutenant Leslee Smith

It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Lieutenant Leslee Smith, who served North Whatcom Fire and Rescue with courage and dedication for over 22 years before retiring in 2021.

Leslee’s dedication to protecting and contributing to her community extended far beyond selfless acts of putting her life on the line responding to countless fires and medical emergencies.  She was a volunteer with the City of Blaine Fire Department and North Whatcom’s first career female firefighter, and our first female officer. She truly served as a role model and inspiration for women hoping to become firefighters.  Her devotion and tenacity led to greater diversity and inclusion within the fire department.

Sadly, Leslee was diagnosed with an occupational related cancer due to hazardous exposures while on the job and she fought this disease with the same bravery and determination that she brought to firefighting.   Although the cancer ultimately took her life, her selfless sacrifice and contributions to her community will never be forgotten.

Leslee was more than firefighter; she was a hero and a friend.  She will forever be remembered as a trailblazer firefighter and courageous guardian of our community.  Thank you Leslee, for your many years of fearless and noble service.  You will be missed but never forgotten.  You can rest easy now, we’ve got it from here.

Leslee's service will be held on Saturday, June 29 in the Performing Arts Center at Blaine School District at 1:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

About North Whatcom

We are a career and support fire/EMS department. Our department provides all hazards services including fire suppression and emergency medical services.

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue continually tracks and evaluates district data (metrics) in an effort to improve the quality of their services. 


Fire Suppression



Emergency Medical Services (EMS)



Fire Prevention



Public Education


How Are We Doing?

Annual reports let you review recent years data as well as statistical reports from NWFR.

Annual Reports

Annual reports will let you see what you fire department has done for the previous calendar year.

CPR Classes

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue provides, free of charge Red Cross certified CPR courses. Please click the link below to take you to our CPR page as well as sign up for a class.

American Red Cross certification
Great for families and work groups
Knowing CPR can save a life!
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