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 2020 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.






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.


Scott Fischer

Scott Fischer was born in Bellingham. He has two sisters and one brother. Scott’s family moved to Birch Bay in  1960. He graduated from Blaine High School in 1970.

Following graduation, Scott served our country, joining the United States Air Force (USAF).  He was stationed in various places such as Texas, Illinois, Washington State, Italy, Las Vegas, Germany, and back to Las Vegas. He was discharged in 1981.

Scott settled in Bellingham, and for the next four years working in the fishing industry.

Ultimately, Scott was hired by the Port of Bellingham as an airport firefighter and retired after thirty-two years of service.


Kimberly Calman-McMurray

The North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Board of Fire Commissioners is pleased to welcome Kimberly Calman-McMurray as the newly appointed Commissioner position #5. She fills a vacancy on the five-member board that had been open since July, 2020. The appointment will run through November 2021, at which time an election will be held for the remaining term (Dec. 31, 2023).

Kimberly McMurray grew up in Whatcom County. She attended K-12 and graduated from the Meridian School District. She went on to attend Northwest Nazarene University where she earned her Bachelors degree in Business Administration.  After graduation she worked for the Seattle Pacific University Athletic Department.

She married then moved to Lewiston Idaho where she worked at Cargill Real Estate as a Property Manager.  The family moved back to Lynden in August of 1999 where she has since worked for the family business J. Calman Industries.



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. 

Dave Hanson

David Hanson is a local safety consultant specializing in providing safety leadership, safety oversight and strategic planning in the areas of work place safety and emergency response.

Prior to starting his safety training and consulting business in 2008, Dave’s career included 20 years working as a safety professional in the oil and gas industry where he held numerous positions to include serving as a fire team captain and brigade fire chief. Dave has been active in the county fire service for over 30 years to include serving 12 years as an elected fire commissioner, six of those years serving as the President of the Whatcom County Fire Commissioners Association.

After leaving his volunteer and professional careers in the fire and safety industry, Dave has continued to provide executive leadership support to various companies and organizations on an interim basis.

Dave is a founding partner in West Coast Safety Services dedicated to providing risk management support to a diversified client base. He also serves as Vice President of Safety West Coast Services, a one stop safety shop where he and his team provide a wide range of safety training and health services to a diversified group of companies.

Dave is a past member of numerous safety and emergency response boards as noted below.

  • Whatcom County Fire Commissioners Association
  • American Society of Safety Engineers
  • The American Red Cross Mt Baker Chapter
  • WHAT-COM 911 Advisory Board
  • Ambulance Advisory Board of Whatcom County
  • Governor’s Fuel Accident Prevention and Response Team
  • Critical Incident Stress Management Team

Dave has also served as a safety officer with the county-wide HAZMAT Response Team (SERP) and the county-wide Major Incident Response Team (MIST)

In August 1999, Dave was appointed by Washington State Governor Gary Locke, to serve on a special task force charged with reviewing the state of pipeline safety for Washington State in response to the tragic pipeline explosion that occurred in Bellingham on June 10,, 1999. More recently Dave served as part of a Federal DOT Incident Response Team that provided support and leadership for the Deep Water Horizon spill that occurred on April 20, 2010.

Dave is married with two grown children. He and his wife, Darla, reside in Bellingham, WA, where he and his family are very active in supporting their community.

Today Dave is dedicating much of his time working as a private consultant specializing in emergency response and occupational health and safety.

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.

Mark Chamberlain

Bio coming soon.






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