NWFRS to discuss shop future

Published on Thu, Sep 25, 2003
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NWFRS to discuss shop future

North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Services (NWFRS) will meet in a special meeting tonight to discuss the future of the shop, including financial options and desired plans by directors.

The shop has not been financially feasible for NWFRS, officials said, and technical division chief Ryan Oord was fired earlier this month for financial reasons.

�He was let go for cost reduction reasons,� said fire division 13 chief Jim Rutherford, adding there are now two workers left at the shop and one of them is on half-time.

Fire officials met last week as well, much of that meeting focusing on department responsibilities, Rutherford said. �The meeting was to strategize and look at some of the options,� he said.

One of the options the NWFRS will discuss this evening is shutting down the shop. Fire administrator Dave Crossen said the shop needs to reduce overhead, and the board will also consider selling the shop or moving to a smaller facility owned by district 13. The shop was started several years ago by Ryan Oord to reduce costs.

The question of who is fiscally responsible for the shop will come into question should NWFRS not be able to sell the shop. District 3 purchased the shop, but district 13 started it. District 5 is also involved because of the interlocal agreement established between the three districts.

The board meets tonight at 7 p.m. at the Birch Bay fire station located at 4581 Birch Bay - Lynden Road.