Annual Report

This report provides a general overview of our operations, performance and various programs associated with the services we provide to the residents and guests of our fire district. read more

The Responder

The newest edition of The Responder, the North Whatcom Fire & Rescue district newsletter, is now available. read more

CPR Classes

NWFR is offering CPR/AED classes once a month, free of charge to the community read more

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About Fire Prevention Week October 3-9

This year’s fire prevention week campaign is, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” and the goal is to educate everyone about different sounds smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms make. The National Fire Protection Association says knowing what to do when an alarm sounds is crucial to keeping you and your family safe. For smoke alarms, a continued set of three loud beeps means smoke or fire. If you hear this; get out of your house, call 911 and stay out. A single chirp sound every 30 or 60 seconds means the battery is low and must be changed. All smoke alarms must be replaced after 10 years. Chirping that continues after the battery has been replaced means the alarm is at the end of its life and the unit must be replaced.  

Since 1922, the NFPA has sponsored the public observance of Fire Prevention Week. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed Fire Prevention Week a national observance, making it the longest-running public health observance in our country. During Fire Prevention Week, children, adults, and teachers learn how to stay safe in case of a fire. Firefighters provide lifesaving public education in an effort to drastically decrease casualties caused by fires.

Fire Prevention Week is observed each year during the week of October 9th in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. This horrific conflagration killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres of land.



North Whatcom Fire and Rescue is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Training Captain.  Both inside and lateral candidates can apply.  Candidates must have a valid CPAT (by date of hire/lateral only), IFSAC Certified Fire Officer 1, valid EMT-B (WA state or NREMT), and WA state driver’s license.   Candidates must have five years of paid municipal or fire district experience.    Paid experience is qualified as having current IAFF membership or current enrollment in the LEOFF2 retirement system.

Starting salary range is $8,878.19  per month.  Vacation accrual will be based on years enrolled in the LEOFF2 system.    The current CBA is in effect until December 2022.

For questions, please contact Kelly Freeman in Human Resources at .   Applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume and district application.  Applications must be submitted by Friday, October 8, 2021, @ 1600. 

NWFR application

Training Captain Job Description 0400.0004.00



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