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Lateral Position Opening


North Whatcom Fire and Rescue is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Lateral Firefighter.  Candidates must have a valid CPAT, IFSAC Firefighter 1 & 2, valid EMT-B (WA state or NREMT), WA state driver’s license and be 21 years of age.   Lateral candidates must have two 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.

The 2023 salary range is $7,284/month - $8,277/month depending on experience.  Vacation accrual will be based on years enrolled in the LEOFF2 system.    The current CBA is in effect January 2023 – December 2025. Benefits package to include medical, dental & vision insurance, life and AD&D insurance, MERP, education & longevity incentives, employer contribution Washington state deferred compensation plan.

Lateral applicants must submit a letter of interest, resume, district application and current CPAT card via mail to PO Box 286, Lynden WA 98264-0286 or email to

Please contact Kelly Freeman in Human Resources at for further questions.  Applications are due by Friday August 4, 2023 @ 1600. 


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Entry Level Firefighter (no openings at this time)

NWFR uses National Testing Network.

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In addition, NWFR requires a Washington State Emergency Medical (EMT) Technician license.

Support Opportunities

Becoming a volunteer is a huge commitment, both in time and energy. But the rewards are great too – hands-on training, community involvement and station camaraderie are only a few of those rewards.


Tender Support

People in this role support the operations of the department by driving and operating a water tender in training and to and from fire scenes.



  • 21 Years Old
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent

Rehab Support

Rehabilitation is a part of the district’s health and safety program. A proper incident rehab program can help reduce adverse events to the health of the firefighters operating the scene.

Firefighter rehabilitation is the process of providing rest, rehydration, nourishment and medical evaluation to members who are involved in extended or extreme incident scene operations. The goal of rehab is to allow responders to return to a state of readiness to operate safely.


  • 21 Years Old
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma, GED or equivalent
  • Current First Aid / CPR / AED

If you possess the minimum qualifications and decide you would like to continue on the path of becoming a  tender operator or rehab support below is what the screening process will look like.

Keep in mind that you must be successful in each category before continuing on to the next step.

  • Application
  • Background Check
  • Medical Physical Exam
  • Interview
  • Driver’s Abstract
  • Drug Screening

If you are interested in becoming a tender support or rehab support, please fill out the interest form below.

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