Fire Commissioners

The NWFR Board of Fire Commissioners currently consists of five commissioners that meet monthly to discuss the issues of the district.  Commissioners are elected to a six-year term and can serve continuously if re-elected.

The 2019 Fire Commissioner Handbook (pdf) is published by the Washington State Fire Commissioner’s Association.

Rich_BosmanRich Bosman

A Whatcom native, Commissioner Bosman was born in Bellingham and raised on a dairy farm near Lynden.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University, retired for service with the Washington State Patrol and is now a successful small business owner in the area. He and his wife Linda have three grown children and four grandchildren.




Larry_McPhailLarry McPhail

Born in Bellingham, Commissioner McPhail graduated from the Lynden School District and later from Skagit Valley College.  He served in the Army for 2 years before joining the Border Patrol.  He retired from the U.S. Customs in 1996.  Commissioner McPhail is a member of the board for the Berthusen Park Advisory committee for the City of Lynden.




John_CrawfordJohn Crawford

Commissioner Crawford is a lifelong Whatcom County resident. He and his wife Cheryl are raising two children, Nicole and Tyler. Commissioner Crawford served in the navy during the Persian Gulf War and was a volunteer firefighter for Whatcom County Fire District 8. He is currently employed with the Port of Bellingham Aviation Division and is a part time bus driver for the Meridian School District. Commissioner Crawford enjoys being involved in the community by coaching both softball and soccer.

Ansell, Bruce FCBruce Ansell

Born in Seattle, Commissioner Ansell has been a native to the Pacific Northwest his entire life.Commissioner Ansell received his Bachelor degree from the University of Washington in 1980 before becoming a Medic One paramedic in 1985. He retired in 2013 after a thirty year long career with the Bellevue Fire Department.  Commissioner Ansell also served as a fire commissioner from 1989 -1995 for Duvall King County Fire Department 45. He currently owns and operates his own business, Un-Wind Barrels of Hope where he re-purposes wine barrels into home decor and furniture, with all profits donated to local charities. He is also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

He and wife Mary raised two children and have four grandchildren. The couple purchased their home in Birch Bay in 2009 and have resided there permanently since 2012.


Whatcom County Fire District 4

The District 4 Board of Fire Commissioners currently consists of three commissioners that meet monthly to discuss the issues of the district.  Commissioners are elected to a six-year term and can serve continuously if re-elected. 

Mary_Beth_NealMary Beth Neal

Commissioner Neal has lived in Fire District 4 since 1993. She works as an insurance agent with Aflac. She was raised in Federal Way, graduating from Seattle Christian High School. After earning a journalism degree from Western Washington University in 1991, she was hired as a reporter for the Lynden Tribune. Government reporting was a large part of her newspaper duties, but writing feature stories was a personal favorite. Her love of people is what led her to a new career in insurance in 2003. Past community involvement includes serving on the Support Officer Community Care and the Lighthouse Mission boards.

Harry_AndrewsHarry Andrews

Commissioner Andrews is a retired International Captain for Delta Airlines serving over 34 years.  He served in the United States Marine Corps before joining Delta Airlines.

He has seen service as a fire commissioner for six years in Whatcom County fire district 6 before being elected to the Board of Commissioners, fire district 4.  Commissioner Andrews has also  served as a volunteer fire fighter.  Married for over 44 years, he has seven grand children.  Additional county involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for the Whatcom County Support Officers Community Care, and the Whatcom County EMS Planning Committee.  Commissioner Andrews has lived in Whatcom County since 1995.

Anna Melillo

Bio coming soon.






Community members are encouraged to contact the Fire Commissioners with comments and concerns.